Is pure water too boring for you? These products and ideas let you flavor up your water as you go. Water flavorings can help you keep drinking and drink enough to prevent dehydration.
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No calories, no carbs, no sweeteners, no mess, just a great electrolyte replacement with a refreshing taste. Nuun provides the recommended amount of salt replacement for endurance activities. It comes in no mess tablets that dissolve quickly to produce a non-carbonated, light, refreshing sport drink.
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You can find this popular water enhancer in many grocery stores. You can squirt in a few drops or a little more, so you choose how much flavor you add. It has no sugar, no carbs, no aspartame, no saccharin. Just your choice of fruit flavors. It also has no sodium, although a little salt isn't a bad thing if you are walking and sweating. They also have a Mio Energy version that contains caffeine.
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Crystal Light On the Go packs let you add a single small packet to a water bottle to convert it to lemonade, peach tea, raspberry ice and iced tea. Great to throw into your fanny pack to flavor up a second bottle of water when you refill at a water fountain. Uses aspartame as a sweetener, with 5 calories per serving.
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True Lemon and True Orange are calorie-free, natural citrus flavoring packets for your water bottle. They are packaged conveniently for easy adding to a narrow-necked water bottle. Each packet can flavor a full water bottle. The orange is naturally slightly sweet. Each packet has 25% of your recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C, with no artificial colors, sweeteners, preservatives, gluten or sodium. So -- this isn't a sports drink mix, but it does give you a nice bit of citrus flavor, conveniently.
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These convenient single-serve packets make it easy to add the drink mix to you water bottle or glass and turn plain water into all-natural lemonade. It's sweetened with natural Stevia and has only five calories per serving.
6. Squeeze Fresh Citrus Yourself
If you have citrus handy at home, it is easy enough to squeeze a little into a pitcher of water in your refrigerator and then add that to your water bottle or hydration pack. However, this is often not convenient to do while out walking when you buy a bottle of water or refill your water bottle from a tap. I suppose you could carry along a slice of lemon in a ziplock bag to have handy.
Adding a couple of freshly picked and lightly crushed mint leaves to your bottle of water can give it a lovely minty taste. If you grow mint in your garden or a planter box, this is very handy. I've also been able to snag mint from fields and gardens along my walk. Be careful not to trespass, but mint grows literally like a weed and no gardener will miss a couple of leaves.
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Celsius is an energy-boosting drink that has no sugar but includes green tea extract and caffeine from guarana seeds. A small caffeine kick can help wake you up and keep you going. Just don't overdo it or you can end up dehydrated.