He’s Green She’s Green: Flavored Water

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by John and Jennifer Burkhart

Whew! One month of summer down, and only three (or four) more to go! The heat seems to drag on longer every year. Living in the desert, we understand the importance of hydration. But after the 15th gallon of water, H2O tends to get pretty boring. The solution? Infused flavored and “plant” waters! Never heard of the stuff? Read on, thirsty friend.

True Nopal | Cactus Water

truenopalHE SAID: When I first heard “cactus water”, I immediately thought of a reality show where contestants drink a vicious slime that comes from barrel cactus. So, I was not excited to try this. Thankfully, this is just normal water infused with prickly pear fruit, which tastes like an earthy cross between a cherry and a watermelon. I would audition for a desert survival show if True Nopal came out of barrel cactus.

He gave it: ★★★★

SHE SAID:  It doesn’t get any more classic than cactus water in the desert. When you’re thirsting for something other than H20, definitely give this a try. I found it very refreshing, with a light fruit-punch flavor.

She gave it: ★★★★

CORE ORGANIC  | Watermelon Lemonade

coreWaterLemonHE SAID: This watermelon lemonade was good . . . a little too good. At first, the drink had a very sweet watermelon flavor – sweet enough that I decided to research “erythritol,” its primary sweetener. Turns out it’s a sugar alcohol that has all the sweet of sugar and none of downsides. Oh, and it may cause nausea and diarrhea. Personally, I’m a “simple is better” kinda guy, and there’s a little too much science going on in this bottle for me.

He gave it: ★★

SHE SAID: I was already sold when I opened the bottle – it smelled like a watermelon Jolly Rancher. The watermelon flavor was not as intense as its fragrance, but also not as weak as some flavored water can be. I enjoyed the sweetness, but beware: if you aren’t a fan of non-sugar sweeteners, this might not be your drink.

She gave it: ★★★

Elmhurst Naturals | Banana Water, Original

elmhurst-naturals-banana-waterHE SAID: There’s not a whole lot to write about this banana water. It is water with 17 percent banana juice added to it and it tastes exactly how you would imagine banana water to taste. On a side note – I feel really sorry for the guy who has to juice all the bananas for this drink. Just…how?!

He gave it: ★★★

SHE SAID: Ok, not everything needs to be transformed into a water beverage. This water smelled funny, and tasted like sour bananas. It also left a sour aftertaste and wasn’t refreshing enough for an Arizona summer. Another flavor may be better, but I highly recommend just eating a banana for potassium and fiber, with a glass of water on the side.

She gave it: ★★

Tu Me | Turmeric with Mango

TuMeHE SAID: This one may take some getting used to, but the health benefits of turmeric make it worth it. The mango juice is sweet, refreshing, and a perfect flavor to mask turmeric’s bitter aftertaste. I thought it was very drinkable, but I’ve had turmeric quite often. Others may find it an acquired taste.

He gave it: ★★★

SHE SAID: Turmeric is gaining some popularity due to its anti-inflammatory properties. If you’ve never tried it, this would be a good place to start. The mango flavor is delicious and blends nicely with the strong turmeric. Shake it up well, and enjoy it chilled after a workout. (Or after going to the grocery store, because in 110-degree heat, it’s pretty much the same thing!)

She gave it: ★★★★

Aloe Gloe | Crisp Aloe, USDA Organic

aloegloeHE SAID: This was the most succulent of the selection we tried. It had a nice, sweet apple-like flavor, with an earthly aftertaste from the Stevia. The best part of this drink was its consistency. Most aloe drinks have a terrible slimy consistency, but this one was that of crisp, clean water. Great for a hot summer day.

He gave it: ★★★★

SHE SAID: With all the vitamins, minerals and other healthy stuff, I can see why aloe is a popular beverage choice. This one had a sour “green” flavor that later tasted like Granny Smith apple, so that’s a plus. However, I thought the added Stevia made it a bit too sweet and added an unusual taste.

She gave it: ★★★

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