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Time to do a little day drinking

Updated: May 26, 2018

When the temperature climbs, your fluid intake needs to climb too.

Blame it on the work day Blame it on the heatwave Blame it on the tick-tock moving too slow Blame it on any old thing you want to Ready get set, baby here we go

-Little Big Town

You can blame it on whoever or whatever you want, the bottom line is you probably are not drinking enough water. In this sugar sweetened beverage, big gulp, route 44 (if you don't get the reference, you're probably a Yankee, so just Google Sonic), frappuccino lovin' world, it can be easy to think you're drinking plenty of fluids, right? Wrong - liquid calories are one of the worst things for us. Diet soda - ditto. Those 16-24 ounce bottles of fruit juice, that has to be good for you, right? Wrong - they're just more liquid calories with little to no nutritional value.

But Pam, "I can't give up my sweet tea. You're from the south. You get it, right?"
Pam, "Sorry - your southern crack has got to go. A route 44 sweet tea has 400 calories and 103 grams of sugar."

I am notoriously bad about getting my water in but I'm getting better every day. Whenever it's available, I pick up fresh basil (purple basil makes your water tasty and beautiful) and fresh mint. Today, I grabbed apple mint and chocolate mint. I am absolutely stalking the guy for more of the orange mint - it is fabulous. Try some of these ideas to help increase your water intake to over 100 ounces/day.

  • Use a beautiful glass, bottle or insulated cup (when Reo had surgery, I got him a UK Tervis cup)

  • Keep your water with you ALL THE TIME (out of sight, out of mind)

  • If you prefer cold water, consider investing in a Yeti or if you're cheap like me, a Yeti wannabe 

  • Go for fresh and mix it before you go to bed so it's super flavorful in the morning - fresh herbs and/or a squeeze of fresh fruit 

    • Add 6-8 fresh raspberries and/or blueberries

    • Add a squeeze of lemon with fresh rosemary

    • Blackberries with fresh mint or fresh basil is yum

    • Throw in 3-4 watermelon chunks with purple basil

    • Add a squeeze of lime with a few fresh strawberries 

    • Drop in a few strawberries and 2-3 leaves of fresh basil

    • Fresh mint is 'da bomb (apple, orange, chocolate, spearmint)

    • Add a squeeze of lemon and a squeeze of lime along with a little fresh thyme (like that rhyme)

We got this with a little day drinking!

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