This conversation is sponsored by the Calorie Control Council. The Calorie Control Council provided compensation for me to create this recipe and discuss low calorie sweeteners. The opinions and text are all mine.
With summer right around the corner, I thought I would share one of my favorite food trends of all time. In fact, I remember one of the first times I enjoyed infused water. It was a hot summer day and I had just landed in Sacramento. After arriving at my hotel, I was met with a cool glass of infused water with strawberries and cucumbers. It was so simple and refreshing!
Even though infused water is just water with a little fruit tossed in, it’s one of my favorite ways to enjoy drinking water. I’ll admit that I have never really enjoyed the taste of plain water, so I often add a little lemon or lime to help increase my water intake. And bonus, it’s a delicious way to stay hydrated.
I also love to entertain with infused water at dinner parties. It’s a great way to show hospitality to your guests and keep them hydrated at the same time. If you like infused water to be a little sweeter, you can add a little low-calorie sweetener. I will often use 1/4- 1/2 packet of aspartame in my glass as a way to make it sweeter without adding sugar. I’ve learned that by doing this, I can easily save myself additional calories. I believe that aspartame is safe, delicious, and can be really helpful when cutting back on added sugar when used as a sugar substitute.
By drinking more water at a dinner party, I can hydrate myself and also keep myself more satisfied. And instead of filling up on other high calorie beverages (Hello, strawberry margarita) I can treat myself to this and still feel satisfied. And spooning out the fruit at the end feels like such a treat!
Enjoy and stay hydrated this summer!