How to Replace Store Bought “Vitamin Water” With Something Actually Good For You

I have to admit, I did fall for the Vitamin Water marketing and bought the drink thinking it was actually something good for me. Food and beverage companies are slick marketers! But I will buy no more (actually haven’t for years now).

I do like delicious drinks and have some great DIY vitamin water recipes below. (You can also check out my free eBook: Next Level Smoothies where I upscale my favorite smoothie flavours at

Why Store Bought Vitamin Water is No Good

Many have turned to Vitamin Waters as a replacement for those sugary carbonated beverages we try and avoid. But are they any better? Unfortunately, they’re not. They’re just as bad since most contain the added sugar we are trying to avoid. Some have as much sugar as any other soft drink you may buy. Yes, really!

The problem with these added sugars is that they create fat in the body. Fat created from sugar has been linked to many health problems and diseases like diabetes. It is best to avoid sugar as much as possible.

Also, the nutrients added to Vitamin Waters are ones we usually are not lacking in. We tend to get enough of those so it sort of makes them pointless in terms of ingesting them.

So don’t let the marketing fool you into thinking you are consuming something good for you. It is just as bad and really without benefit.

4 Great DIY Vitamin Waters That Are Great For You

You can make and take your own flavoured water anywhere. And actually put real good into it. Here are some ideas:

Raspberry & Mint Water

Raspberries have vitamin C, manganese, fiber, folate, omega 3, copper, Vitamin E and potassium. They are also antioxidants and anti-inflammatory.

Make this one with:

3 cups of filtered water

½  cup fresh or frozen raspberries

2-3 sprigs of mint

Combine and let it sit in the fridge for a few hours before drinking (if you have the time).

Strawberry and Basil

Berries of all kinds do well in water. Blueberries, cherries and blackberries (just a few) work well but only strawberries combine well with basil.

Make this one by dropping a few sliced strawberries into a cup of water and adding 2-4 leaves of basil.

Pineapple and Coriander

One slice of pineapple (chopped) with a slice of lemon and a sprig of coriander leaves makes a nice tropical drink. You can leave the coriander out if you don’t like it and can also replace the water with coconut water for extra electrolytes. This makes it a good replacement for sugar-laden gatorade.

Orange and Vanilla

Orange and vanilla are one of my favourite combinations. For this water, take ½ a large orange or a small mandarin and slice. Place it in a glass or pitcher of water with ½ a teaspoon of vanilla (or more – especially if using a pitcher).

Most fruit are can be used to make a combination that you like with the exception of banana.

If you like these ideas, come check out my Free EBook: Next Level Smoothies for some great delicious and healthy recipes to take your smoothies from good to great (and some to slightly indulgent too).

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By April Wright

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