Sometimes when I’m shopping at the grocery store, it catches me by surprise that drinks take up so much room in my cart. Compared to food, I mean. Usually all the food fits into two bags. The drinks, however, are big and awkward.
After I get them in the car, they’re heavy to carry from the car to the stairs and long walk to the apartment. We all like them, so they’re consumed quickly. Then we have to recycle the containers. If I lived in a place where I didn’t have such easy use of my car, I definitely wouldn’t be lugging those drinks home. Especially when I think about how they’re mostly made of water.
Our city has good tap water, but sometimes it’s a struggle to choose to drink water over other beverages. The New York Times said that eight daily glasses of tap water cost only about 49 cents a year.
Water is easier and cheaper. How do I drink more of it and buy fewer drinks at the store?
1. Drink a glass of water before drinking something else. This way you’re quenching your thirst with water, and then you can enjoy your flavored drink.
2. Dilute the juice. We often dilute a glass of apple juice to be about half water. I find that grape juice is too strong to drink by itself, but I like to add a little grape or blueberry juice to my glass of water for refreshing flavor.
3. Make iced tea. Tea bags are convenient and economical since you add your own water. If you don’t want to make a big pitcher of iced tea, you can make individual servings in jars like Katie does, or make an iced tea concentrate à la Angry Chicken.
4. Train your brain. My body needs water, but my brain doesn’t always think so. I’ve noticed that I tend to crave whatever liquid I’ve been drinking the most of lately. If I can just make myself drink more water for a couple of days, then my brain starts recognizing that craving for water, instead of soda or milk or juice.
5. Make a fruit cordial. If you want something sweet, try making your own fruit cordial with juice, simple syrup, and water at home.