When starting my mission to sugar free I couldn’t help but admit I’d miss fizzy drinks. I know they’re bad for me and I try to avoid them as much as possible, but seeing as I mainly only drink water, the odd can was greatly appreciated. Without sugar however, there is very little you can drink but water. It’s shocking really that so many bottled drinks contain added sugars or sweeteners.
But then I found my answer… Behold the mighty natural fruit water.
Each day, before heading to work, I fill my Infruition bottle (colour coded of course 😉 ) with some fresh fruit, then fill with water. I’ve never been keen on fruit juices with fruit bits, so these are ideal, as the fruit stays inside the middle section of the bottle, allowing the natural fruit juice to dissolve into the water.
I recorded exactly what I drank from the bottles at work during weekdays (9am-6pm) to compare to a normal day in the office drinking from the water filter.
Day 1: Lemon
Bottles drank: 3 (3 x 700ml = 2.1 litres)
Verdict: Highly refreshing. I could start every day like this. I may not have tried other flavours, but I can already tell this is going to be my favourite.
Day 2: Lemon, lime and mint
Bottles drank: 2 (2 x 600ml = 1.2 L)
Verdict: It’s like lemonade! Refreshing to start with, but after a while the mint gets a little shriveled. I also definitely swallowed a chunk of mint by accident. In future, remove mint, but stick to lemon and lime. Alternatively, add sparkling water for a mid-afternoon treat.
Day 3: Blueberry
Bottles drank: 2.5 (2.5 x 700ml = 1.75L)
Verdict: Blueberries aren’t particularly strong in flavour, so as you can expect, blueberry water provides more of a subtle approach than the others. Remember to cut your blueberries in half before popping them in the bottle, or pierce each with a cocktail stick.
Bottles drank: 3 (3 x 600ml = 1.8L)
Verdict: As tropical as it sounds! If you’re looking for a sweet boost, this combo is your answer. The good thing about this combo in particular is that you can take the fruit out at the end of the day and eat it!
Day 5: Lemon (with a dash of lime)
Bottles drank: 3.5 (3.5 x 700ml = 2.45L)
Verdict: Yep, this is my favourite. I just want to drink more and more. Lemon water is full of vitamin C and provides a seriously refreshing start to the day. Plus it’s kicking my sore throat hard.
Sport vs Glass
For practicality, I’d definitely recommend the sports bottle. Containing a fraction more water at 700ml, it is quite chunky, but still relatively light to carry. Throw it in your bag and take it to the gym, on a day out, or just into work. The glass bottle (600ml) on the other hand is probably best to keep at home or in the office as it’s heavier.
How often do I top up the fruit?
I found that from topping up the bottle with fruit at the start of the day, I could go through until the end of the working day with same fruit still in tact and still providing flavour. It all depends on your taste buds, and what strength of flavour you prefer. I find it’s always good to have a lemon or lime handy if you fancy a change in flavour, as they’re a fraction of the price of more expensive fruit, like berries.
Having an inviting water bottle sitting on my desk has definitely made me drink more water. I’m not sure if it’s the fact that water tastes better, fresher, or if it’s just more fun to drink, that makes me love Infruition as much as I do.
On a typical day I do drink a fair amount of water normally, but can be easily distracted with tea, coffee and fizzy drinks, but Infruition has kept me on track. On average we’re supposed to drink 2 litres of water a day and I’ve been averaging at that and more for just the working day. I’ll have fresh water in the mornings and the evenings on top of this, and even more if I head to the gym, so it’s likely I’ve doubled my water intake.
Fancy one yourself? The guys at Infruiton are offering a 20% discount on your first purchase. Just enter LSE20 at the checkout.
If you do get one, let me know how you get on! Would love to hear your favourite flavour combinations.
Although my bottles were provided by Infruition, all views are my own.