Eye-Healthy Infused Water Recipe
By: Laurie Capogna, OD, and Barbara Pelletier, OD
Stay hydrated! Drinking plenty of water throughout the day is important for several reasons — including eye health. Dehydration can lead to dry eyes, red eyes and puffy eyelids.
Follow these simple steps to create delicious and refreshing infused water for the whole family. These drinks are especially great during hot summer days and are a healthy alternative to soda.
Infusing water with cucumber and mint makes a refreshing, eye-healthy beverage. And there are lots of other fruits and vegetables you can try!
Eye-Healthy Infused Water
- Choose a glass pitcher or jar.
- Add a handful of chopped herbs from the list below.
- Choose one or two fruits and veggies from the list below. Slice and add to the pitcher.
- Fill the container with filtered water and let it sit in the fridge for two hours so the flavors can infuse into the water.
Herbs and spices: Mint, basil, rosemary, ginger.
Fruits and vegetables: Cucumber, fennel, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, lemons, limes, oranges, kiwi, peaches, watermelon, mango.
Dr. Laurie Capogna’s favorite combinations: cucumber and mint; strawberry and basil; peach, kiwi and basil.
Tips: The water will last for up to three days; however, the fruit and veggies may get water-logged within a day. If you haven’t finished it all in 24 hours, then strain the produce out.
About the Authors: Optometrists Dr. Barbara Pelletier and Dr. Laurie Capogna have co-authored books on eye nutrition, called Eyefoods: A Food Plan for Healthy Eyes and Eyefoods for Kids: A Tasty Guide to Nutrition and Eye Health. Both are chockful of easy, fun-to-make recipes, and you can order them at www.eyefoods.com.
Read more: www.eyefoods.com