Tuesday, August 2, 2011

80---Antioxidant Agua

I make flavored water frequently, especially during the summer months. Fruits (and cucumbers) can add a great flavor to this essential beverage, but I never really thought of it the way Julie Lanford, a Cancer Dietitian, does. Check out this great article from her on Vitamin Water. I love her no-nonsense way of presenting the facts. Here's an excerpt:

"The "Vitamin Water" brand is actually water, sugar and then synthetic vitamins added to that. No, they are not vitamins that come from real food, they are man-made synthetic versions. Synthetic versions aren't all bad. They are sometimes necessary and helpful for people with certain deficiencies. But the bottom line is that your body is fueled best by vitamins that come from REAL FOOD!"

Holla Julie! No supplement can produce the same effects that you will get from the real deal!

Yes, some vitamins and minerals will seep from the fruit into the water! AND- no sugar or other "stuff" (you know how I feel about "stuff"). Feel free to add any fruit you like to make your own flavor! This one is especially refreshing:

Strawberry Cucumber Antioxidant Agua
Makes 2 gallons

2 gallons filtered water (if you have a well-- use it!)
10 organic strawberries, washed thoroughly, stemmed and quartered
1 whole organic cucumber, washed thoroughly and sliced into 1/2" slices

In a large glass container, add water, ice, strawberries and cucumber. Refrigerate overnight and enjoy!


  1. This is probably a stupid question, but what other flavored waters can be made, and do you know of any that can help with morning sickness? I'm currently struggling a bit to stay hydrated - I love water, don't get me wrong, an it is usually my beverage of choice, but sometimes I get really sick of the flavor, or lack thereof, and at the moment I'm looking for ways to 1. spice it up just a little and 2. try to relieve some of the morning sickness symptoms.
    H. A. L.

  2. You can add citrus fruits, berries, mangoes, pineapple or melon to your water also! For morning sickness try adding some ginger to your water. Also, vitamin B6 may help. Good sources are spinach, avocados, bananas, and potatoes (but I don't think you would want to try any of those in your water).

  3. Very cool! Thanks for sharing!

  4. This is awesome. My husband loves flavored water, so thanks for posting this!

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  5. I love having flavored water especially since I drink mostly water all day. I indulgence once a month maybe and have soda. Interesting combination I'll have to give it a try.

  6. This sounds so delish! Thanks for sharing.

  7. I made this yesterday, and it's even more delicious this morning! Thanks for the great recipe!

  8. I'm glad you appreciate my article! I love your 80/20 take on food. And the recipe sounds great!! My friend reads your blog and noticed you linked to my article. Now I can follow you!! :) Julie (aka - CancerDietitian)