Clean Eating Challenge: 5 Best Detox Fruit Waters (Day 16)

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I like starting my day off with a detoxifying fruit water because it’s a delicious way to cleanse your system. By allowing the fruit to soak in your water overnight in your fridge, your water becomes infused with nutrients and flavor of the fruit. I’ve assembled the best of the best detox waters that contain anti-aging properties and help flush toxins from your body.

I also took kickass photos with my brother’s camera, and may or may not have told the cucumber water to “work it” and show off that “smize.” I now realize that I’ve been definitely watching too much Top Model recently. But I can’t stop! It’s so addicting! You watch one episode and you can’t stop!

Anyways.

Tips for making these detox waters:

  • These recipes are single-serve and make one glass. But you can refill your glass with water as many times as you’d like, and I usually make it in the morning and then keep refilling my cup with water and they last all day!
  • Try using sparkling water instead of normal water and serve at special occasions in champagne flutes
  • If you want to make a 2 liter pitcher, fill half of the pitcher with fruit. I would recommend also throwing in a little ginger root, which has anti-inflammatory compounds and aids in digestion. Don’t add ginger to a single glass– it’s a bit overpowering and requires a pitcher.

Cucumber Crush

IMG 2475 400x224 Clean Eating Challenge: 5 Best Detox Fruit Waters (Day 16)This green drink is delicious with a light, fruity aftertaste. Cucumbers are a fantastic addition to these detox waters because they make the water refreshing and juicy, if that makes any sense. (I’m destined to be a food writer, if you can tell.) Use overripe kiwis if possible!

Detoxifying Qualities:

  • Great Skin: Cucumbers are full of great nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin A, iron, calcium, vitamin K and potassium.
  • Cucumbers are especially great for detoxing because they prevent water retention and have anti-inflammatory properties.

Ingredients:

  • 2 kiwis
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1/4 cucumber
  • A sprig of mint

Strawberry Kiwi

watermelonkiwi 400x224 Clean Eating Challenge: 5 Best Detox Fruit Waters (Day 16)You can’t go wrong with the classic combination of strawberries and kiwi! This is the perfect summer drink, and has a light sweetness to it.

Detoxifying Qualities:

  • Kiwi is a superfood and is packed with vitamins A and E which help prevent free radicals as well as certain types of cancer. Kiwis also helps flush out toxins from the colon, which improves your overall health and well being.
  • Strawberries help fight carcinogens and contains anti-aging properties such as biotin and the antioxidant ellagic acid, which helps prevent sagging skin.

Ingredients:

  • 2 strawberries
  • 2 kiwis

 

Watermelon Mint

IMG 2480 400x224 Clean Eating Challenge: 5 Best Detox Fruit Waters (Day 16)This water is the best summer detox drink! Bonus: I learned how to cube watermelon while I was doing this. Basically you cut slices and then just cut those into cubes so it’s not an intense cooking skill, but it’s a big accomplishment or someone like me icon smile Clean Eating Challenge: 5 Best Detox Fruit Waters (Day 16)

Detoxifying Qualities:

  • Watermelon contains citrulline, an amino acid that helps improve liver function by filtering and getting rid of ammonia, which can damage cells.
  • Mint leaves help improve digestion and get rid of stomach cramps.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup cubed watermelon
  • 3 mint leaves

 

Cleansing Lemon Mint

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This is a simplified version of my Lemon Detox Water, and you can find the detox benefits of this drink here! This is by far my most popular detox drink, but if you don’t have a ginger root lying around your house, this simplified version can be your best friend.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lemon
  • 2 slices of cucumber
  • 2 mint leaves

 

Berry Blast

IMG 2482 400x224 Clean Eating Challenge: 5 Best Detox Fruit Waters (Day 16)Berry Blast tastes the best with sparkling water! It’s good on its own, of course. In this photo I forgot the blackberries (three cheers for being prepared!) but hey, I can’t get everything right all the time unlike my favorite show Who’s Line is it Anyways which can do no wrong! (Off-topic, but a totally valid point. Luckily, this blog isn’t high school, because I can just improv posts off the top of my head and the points don’t matter.)

Detoxifying Qualities:

  • Raspberries contain anti-inflammatory phytochemicals that are anti-aging and anti-cancer.

Ingredients:

  • Handful of Raspberries
  • Handful of Blackberries

I hope you guys enjoy the drinks! I had a great time coming up with the recipes, and even dying in the heat as I took these photos and found the fruit’s good side.

See you guys tomorrow!

-Amy

 

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Comments

  1. Julie says

    I was wondering if Key lime water had any benefits or detox benefits to it? It tastes delicious! AND i LOVE these drinks have tried them all!! Its all ive been drinking for over a week. Was a Mtn Dew addict but havent touched in over a week.

    • Amy Suto says

      Glad you like them, Julie!

      The flavonoids in limes can help prevent cancer. Limes also help prevent colds and improve digestive function. Drink away!

    • Amy Suto says

      Hi Alexis!
      Of course you can mix them! The Strawberry Kiwi and Cucumber Crush could be awesome together. And yes, they are the best in water bottles!

  2. star says

    So I can reuse the fruit from my detox water to make a new glass? How many times can I reuse the fruit?

    • Amy Suto says

      As often as they stay fresh! I usually can get several (like 5) glasses of water out of my fruit, depending on how large the glasses is. Then they become a bit tasteless and you need to throw them out. If you put them in a pitcher, you can get more use out of them since they’ll be in the fridge all day e’rry day.

      Good luck and let me know if you have any other questions!

    • Amy Suto says

      As much as you’d like! Here’s what I do:

      If you want to make a 2 liter pitcher, fill half of the pitcher with fruit. Fill the rest with water.

      I like an 80/20 ratio: 80% water, 20% fruit.

      Good luck!

  3. Anonymous says

    Hi Amy :)
    I was curious about the berry blast one.. Do I use just regular sparkling water
    or the fruit flavored ones that have zero calories? Which would you prefer?

  4. Lena says

    Can I use just lemon in water(since this is what I have on hand). Also I heard about a detox that is apple slices, water and cinnamon stick. Best if left overnight in fridge. Have you tried this.

    • Amy Suto says

      Hi Lena! I haven’t tried that combo, but I will now! I love cinnamon, and it’s a potent spice so I could see how it could be effective for detox. Lemon in water by itself works too due to lemons’ ability to neutralize free radicals in the body. It also contains 22 known anti-cancer properties– that’s a win-win!

  5. Kendriael says

    Hey I love your ideas and I am gonna try them all. I wanted to know if you had and detoxing drinks that help you loose weight

    • Amy Suto says

      The only way you can lose weight is through eating clean and working out, and exercises that increase your metabolism (such as HIIT and strength training) are the most effective. You can read about those on other areas of my blog.

      A drink alone can’t help you lose weight– that’s a lifestyle change. Anyone who tells you that there’s a magic drink or pill that will melt off pounds is trying to sell you something. But these detox drinks do help flush toxins and improve your health.

  6. sher says

    Hi! :)

    I am new to this whole detox water thing. I would just like to ask, how is this different from just eating the fruits and then drinking water?

    • Amy Suto says

      Hi Sher!

      Great question– eating fruit is great, and gives you the fiber that this wouldn’t. Detox water allows you to spice up your water while receiving the benefits of fruit by soaking them in water. It also allows you to get the benefits of things you can’t or don’t normally eat — such as ginger or mint — that aid in digestive functions.

      This is definitely not a replacement for eating fruit, but it is a good way to spice up your water and get hydrated as well as reaping the benefits of the vitamins in these waters.

      • sher says

        Dear Amy,

        Thanks for the quick reply! :) This whole idea of detox water sounds really interesting and the water looks so pretty with all the fruits floating inside :) I will give it a try one day.

        • Anonymous says

          I MADE SOME LEMON WATER BUT I DIDNT SET IT IN THE FRIDGE BEEN OUT SINCE THE 8TH IS IT STILL GOOD.

          • Amy Suto says

            haha I don’t think so — leaving fruit water out that long might make it super soggy and gross, especially if it isn’t refridgerated. But you’re welcome to give it a taste and report back :P

    • Amy Suto says

      Hey Pauline! Sparkling water is like mineral water, it has minerals in it and is carbonated. Make sure there’s no added sugar (there shouldn’t be) although if you prefer you can get like Perrier with a twist of lime or something. You can get sparkling water at any grocery store, and while you can use normal water, I find that sparkling water helps mix it up if you need an alternative to soda.

  7. Morgan says

    Hi,
    I was just wondering if you are meant to eat the fruit after it has put nutrients into the water? Or do we just drink the water and toss the fruit? (So sorry if this is a stupid question)

    • Amy Suto says

      No, it’s not a stupid question Morgan! You could eat the fruit if you wanted to, but you don’t have to. Soaking the fruit infuses its vitamins and nutrients into the water, so just drink the water and toss the fruit.

  8. Chad says

    Is there a certain amount of time that I should let the water and fruit sit together before I drink the water?

    • Amy Suto says

      HI Chad! About 4-5 hours will be enough to allow the fruit to soak, but if you want more flavor I would recommend letting it sit overnight in the fridge.

  9. Strange Question says

    Hi there,
    I’ve recently been making changes to my diet and trying to take it slowly. I have Selective Eating Disorder, which has only recently come into light. I can’t stand seeds or the texture of any fruit or veg however, I am very much aware of how unhealthy it is not to eat any. This fruit water seems like a brilliant idea as I am not opposed to the flavor of fruits rather the texture – It is obviously not a substitute for eating actual fruit, but it is a progression. Would you say that it is something that I should attempt to do?

    • Amy Suto says

      Hi there! I would recommend asking your doctor. While fruit water absorbs many of the nutrients of fruit, it still is no substitute — have you tried smoothies or jucing fruits and veggies? None of these options will give you everything that a whole piece of fruit can, but smoothies are great for fruit and juicing is great for fruit and veggies so you may want to give those a try!

      • Strange Question says

        Yeah I have, I’m still getting used to the flavor and texture combined so I figured water with fruit would be better than nothing!

        • Shireen says

          Have you tried using the water bottles/pitchers that are meant to infuse your drinks? They have the basket that holds the fruit so the flavors are infused into the water, but the fruit/veggies themselves don’t get missed into the water.

          • Amy Suto says

            Great tip, thanks Shireen! I have a cool cup thing with a straw that also has a middle basket thing to hold the fruit. It’s not always the most practical option, but some people might prefer special containers like these.

  10. Marivel says

    Hi! If I try any of these do I leave the fruit in the water while I drink it or do I take it out? & which is the best for weight loss? Please let me know, thanks!

    • Anonymous says

      The drinks I’ve had in restaurants leave the fruit in it as you drink it. I had a watermelon infused water — no mint or basil, just watermelon — and it just melted into the water as I drank it. GREAT flavor!

  11. Anonymous says

    can I eat cucumber after drinking its water or throw it and only drink the water.. I heard that cucumber if left over one night in water it absorb all toxins so it became not healthy to eat

  12. Auriel says

    is there any rules in combining the fruit? i tried lemon with plum, lemon with grapes..
    but i only combine them by feeling.. so if u can tell me, which fruit cant be with which fruit, that might be great..

    ^_____^ thx

    • Amy Suto says

      Hey Auriel! I find that lemons work in most combinations unless you have something super sweet (like watermelon). I haven’t tried grapes, and you would have to cut the grapes to try and get any flavor out of them– but it’s worth a shot! The combinations in this article are the ones I found mixed best, but feel free to experiment– there are no rules when it comes to recipes.

    • Amy Suto says

      It makes all the difference! Frozen fruit will defrost in your water and won’t taste as good or have all the benefits of fresh fruit.

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