Detox Water – 7 varieties

November 12, 2018mayurisjikoni

EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP

THEME: #170 DETOX RECIPE

After all the Diwali fried snacks, sweets, desserts, heavy meals, its time to give the tummy a rest and give it a good detox. Just the right theme at the right time, well thought out by Kriti who blogs at  Krispy Kadhai.

So what’s all this hype about detox water, detox soup, detox salad, detox meals, detox smoothies etc, etc. etc? Well, basically its more of a marketing tactic. None of them contain any magic formula or chemical to miraculously detox the body in a matter of 1 or 3 days. Our body is designed to detox regularly, meaning getting rid of toxins on a daily basis. For that to happen our liver and kidneys have to work perfectly. The liver picks up the toxins from our bloodstream (remember biology classes!) before the blood laden with essential minerals, vitamins, etc is allowed to circulate to the rest of the body. The liver converts these toxins into a water soluble substances which are then expelled from the body when we poop or urinate.

In order for the liver and kidney to carry out their designated tasks, it is important to drink the required amount of water every single day. I sometimes don’t drink my required 8 glasses, sometimes I do, it all depends. Its natural that one does not feel thirsty when its cold. When we say 8 glasses of water, it means 8 fluid ounce per glass and half a glass does not count as 1 glass. In total that means ideally we should be drinking 2 liters of water. Ideally, its good to keep on sipping on water throughout the day if you’re not able to drink a glassful all the time.

There are times when I find plain water so boring that I would just want to avoid drinking it and would prefer fresh juices. However too much of fresh juices add sugar to your blood. The first time I ever came across a recipe for detox water was on Dr. Oz television show where slices of cucumber, lemon and mint were added to water and where the audience was convinced that drinking that miracle drink will help to reduce weight.

In reality adding fruits, spices, herbs, vegetables to water doesn’t basically convert it into a miracle drink for detox or weightless. What it basically does is that it makes water just that much more flavorful, more palatable and would have you craving for more. These days I’ve seen in many restaurants in India that jugful of water is served with sprigs of mint and lemon slices in them.

The variety of colour that is added to the humble colorless water makes it attractive for kids too and my hubby who never seems to drink enough water. More often than not, I  add the required ingredients into a 1 litre jug, top up with water and let it sit overnight in the fridge. Next day you have tasty water to drink to your hearts content. My green tea detox water is usually made in a glass as hubby is not a fan of green tea. I just keep on topping the glass with water. Works both ways for me, to make a whole jugful or to keep topping up the glass with water.

As I mentioned above water is essential for getting rid of the toxins in our bodies on a daily basis. Here I have 7 different types of detox water for 7 days of the week. There is no hard and fast rule as to what you can add to the water. Use what is available in your area, town, country and what you prefer.

Basic ingredients that go into making detox water or infused water are:

  • fruits
  • vegetables
  • herbs
  • spices

Chop,slice the vegetables, fruits, add sprigs of herbs or the leaves. Add in whole spices if using any. Make sure the fruits, vegetables and herbs are thoroughly washed.The following quantities are to make 1 litre of detox water.

detox water 1

detox water 2

detox water 3

detox water 4

detox water 5

1) BEETROOT, ORANGE AND MINT DETOX WATER

½ medium beetroot, washed, peeled and cut into slices or chopped

½ fresh orange/tangerine/ grapefruit, cut into thin slices

2-3 sprigs of fresh mint, leave whole or remove the leaves

1 litre water

  1. Put the beetroot, orange and mint into a jug.
  2. Muddle them a bit using a pestle.
  3. Add water.
  4. Leave it at room temperature or in the fridge.
  5. Enjoy the naturally sweetish and tangy drink.

 

2) APPLE AND CINNAMON DETOX WATER

½ apple (red or green) washed well and sliced or chopped

1 cinnamon stick

1 litre water

  1. Put the apple into a jug.
  2. Muddle it a bit using a pestle.
  3. Add water and cinnamon stick.
  4. Leave it at room temperature or in the fridge.
  5. Enjoy the fragrant drink.

 

3) CUCUMBER, MINT AND LEMON DETOX WATER

1 small cucumber, cut into thin slices or finely chopped

½ lemon, cut into thin slices

2-3 sprigs of  fresh mint, leave whole or remove the leaves

1 litre fresh water

  1. Put the cucumber, lemon and mint into a jug.
  2. Muddle them a bit using a pestle.
  3. Add water.
  4. Leave it at room temperature or in the fridge.
  5. Enjoy the fresh cool drink.

 

4) MANGO, STRAWBERRIES AND MINT DETOX WATER

½ ripe but firm mango, peeled and sliced or chopped

4-6 fresh strawberries, washed, hulled and sliced

2-3 sprigs of  fresh mint, leave whole or remove the leaves

1 litre fresh water

  1. Put the mango, strawberries and mint into a jug.
  2. Muddle them a bit using a pestle.
  3. Add water.
  4. Leave it at room temperature or in the fridge.
  5. Enjoy this summery drink.

 

5) GREEN TEA AND NECTARINE DETOX WATER

1 tsp green tea leaves or 1 bag

½ nectarine, washed and sliced or chopped

1 litre fresh water

  1. If you’re using loose green tea leaves add them into a tea infuser
  2. Put the nectarine  into a jug.
  3. Muddle it a bit using a pestle.
  4. Add water and the infuser or tea bag.
  5. Leave it at room temperature or in the fridge.
  6. A great way to enjoy some freshly flavored green tea.

 

6) WATERMELON AND CHIA SEED DETOX WATER

½ cup fresh watermelon juice or use 1 cup chopped watermelon

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 litre water

  1. Put the watermelon juice into a jug.
  2. Muddle the watermelon if you’re using pieces.
  3. Add chia seeds and water. Mix well.
  4. Leave it at room temperature or in the fridge.
  5. A filling and cooling drink.

 

7) GINGER, TURMERIC AND LEMON DETOX WATER

3-4 sprigs of fresh coriander

1 tbsp grated fresh ginger (wash it well and grate)

1 tbsp grated fresh turmeric (wash it well and grate)

½ lemon, cut into thin slices

¼ tsp red chilli powder

1 litre water

  1. Put the  coriander, grated ginger, turmeric and lemon slices into a jug.
  2. Muddle the mixture using a pestle.
  3. Add red chili powder and water. Mix well.
  4. Leave it at room temperature or in the fridge.
  5. A healthy glowing glass of healthiness, my favorite.

 

Tips:

  • Fruits that can be used are berries, peaches, kiwi, persimmon, papaya juice, cantaloupes etc
  • Fresh herbs that can be used besides mint and coriander are basil, sage, thyme, marjoram, curry leaves etc.
  • Use spices like cloves, cardamom, star anise, saffron, green chili (whole).
  • Can use white tea, yellow tea instead of green tea.
  • Use vegetables like celery, carrots.
  • All the ingredients used tend to lose flavor by the end of the day, so its best to discard them or eat the fruit or vegetable used.

 

A little request:

If you do try this recipe then please either

  • add a comment below,
  • send a picture to my email mayuri.ajay.patel62@gmail.com
  •  tag me as #mayuri_jikoni on Instagram
  • or tag me on Twitter as #Mayuri1962

 

You may want to check out the following detox recipes:

Beetroot Tomato Juice
Lemongrass Fruity Tea
mum’s soup
Blog post
sprouted Moong Salad
moringa and mint iced tea

 

Sending this recipe to the following events:

Fiesta Friday #250 hosted by Angie and co-hosted by Jenny @ Apply To Face Blog., Jess @ Cooking Is My Sport, Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook and Judi @ cookingwithauntjuju.com

Foodie Friday Link Party 64 @ Back To My Southern Roots

 

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25 Comments

  • The Girl Next Door

    November 12, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Wow, love how you have come up with seven different types of infused water! Refreshing way to flush out toxins from the body!

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 13, 2018 at 4:48 pm

      It definitely is Priya..thank you.

       
  • Vidya Narayan

    November 13, 2018 at 5:12 am

    Excellent share and these are not only detox ideas for a day, but an entire week, which is actually a must, considering how much we all have binged this festive season. Absolutely loved all the detox water recipes, each unique with a set of herbs and fruits.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 13, 2018 at 4:45 pm

      Thank you so much Vidya.

       
  • veena

    November 13, 2018 at 7:18 am

    This is awesome Mayuri. Looks so easy to prepare and have too. I feel bored to have the plain 3 lts of water and this way I can motivate myself to drink more fluids. Lovely share and awesome pictures

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 13, 2018 at 4:45 pm

      Thank you so much Veena, and yes its a great way to drink the required amount of water.

       
  • Batter Up With Sujata

    November 13, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    Wow Mayuri you made me sspeechless. Awesome share. Detox water for whole week with different flavours. Saving this post.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 13, 2018 at 5:22 pm

      Thanks Sujata.. please try them, makes drinking water so much more fun.

       
      1. Batter Up With Sujata

        November 13, 2018 at 5:48 pm

        Sure I will 😊

         
  • Jo Allison / Jo’s Kitchen Larder

    November 13, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    I find I never drink enough water although I’m definitely better at getting my required 8 glasses during the Summer months. Your flavoured fruity waters sound really good and I’m sure that I would be more likely to drink more if I had a jug of something so delicious at hand! 🙂

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 14, 2018 at 9:58 pm

      Thank you Jo Allison, it certainly helps me to drink more water and also helps to curb any sweet cravings.

       
  • Seema Doraiswamy Sriram

    November 14, 2018 at 8:48 am

    OMG!! love this. This is the best collection of detox water flavours. I so want to try the nectarine one. I can drink all the water you ask if you give me these….

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 14, 2018 at 9:56 pm

      Thanks Seema, try also adding peach. Its so delicious.

       
  • poonampagar

    November 14, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    This post is simply awesome di ! Detox water in 7 different flavors..love the combinations of spices veggies and fruits you have used here. Much needed after festivals.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 14, 2018 at 9:55 pm

      Thank you so much Poonam. Definitely a good way to detox.

       
  • Sasmita Sahoo Samanta

    November 15, 2018 at 11:01 am

    This is an awesome share for theme di… a no of detox drinks all in one post… this simple one is the much needed for post festive session

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 16, 2018 at 10:09 pm

      Thank you so much Sasmita.

       
  • Preethi Prasad

    November 18, 2018 at 6:57 am

    I love these variety of detox water. An absolute must after heavy feasting .Flavoured water keeps you hydrated . Many people who don’t like to drink plain water can have this flavoured water.Awesome share!!

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 18, 2018 at 11:25 am

      Thanks Preethi and its true it gets one to enjoy water.

       
  • cookingwithauntjuju.com

    November 19, 2018 at 1:32 am

    I never have trouble drinking “plain water” since my WW days. But I love all your suggestions for when I would like to kick it up a notch. Thanks for sharing with our special Fiesta Friday party.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 19, 2018 at 6:06 pm

      Thank you so much.

       
  • PepperOnPizza

    November 19, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    This is a brilliant idea, Mayuri. I see these jugs of water with lemon or cucumber or mint, at work places and restaurants and keep thinking I should prepare these at home. But I never get around to doing it. Now armed with your 7 lovely recipes, I can finally organise detox water for myself.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 19, 2018 at 5:59 pm

      Try them Sujata, even adding just mint, tulsi or fennel seeds, makes the water taste so different and refreshing.

       
  • Jhuls

    November 20, 2018 at 9:48 am

    I love the sound of these especially the green tea and nectarine – I love anything green tea. 😀 Thanks a lot for sharing at Fiesta Friday party! x

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 20, 2018 at 8:41 pm

      Thank you so much Jhuls.

       

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