We all know we need to drink more water. And we’ve all heard the reasons why; cleaning out toxins, maintaining a healthy weight, staying hydrated, etc… I’m pretty sure many of you have given it a good college try; trying to increase your daily water intake. Then we slide back into our old habits until next time when we try again to make it a part of our regular routine. And I bet there are a few of you out there who actually drink the amount of water recommended and you do it every stink’n day. Good for you! Really! I salute you!
Confession; I’m not one of those people. I don’t even know how much I’m supposed to be drinking on a daily basis. But I have found a way to make drinking water more enjoyable and feel like I’m actually drinking something that tastes just like a Girl Scout cookie. And not just any Girl Scout cookie; the infamous Thin Mints! Yes, I can get my water to taste like an actual Thin Mint Girl Scout cookie!
The secret ingredient is right there at your local garden center. Have you ever heard of Chocolate Mint? There’s actually a mint variety that combines the flavor of mint and chocolate! Every Spring, I head to my local Walmart Garden Center and make a bee line straight for the mint plants. Along with the chocolate mint, I check out all the other mint varieties. There are pineapple, ginger, grapefruit and apple to name a few.
A chocolate mint plant always makes it into my shopping cart along with any other varieties that sound yummy. I rub the leaves between my fingers and enjoy the aroma. They get planted in a cute planter on my front porch (or your sunny kitchen counter…hint). When I want to enjoy that Thin Mint Girl Scout cookie, but don’t want to eat the entire sleeve (that’s a single serving for me), I pinch off a bunch of mint leaves, tear them up a bit to release the essential oils, put them in my water bottle, top the leaves off with some ice and then the water. Give it a few minutes and you will be drinking a calorie free Thin Mint Girls Scout cookie!
Just a word of caution; don’t plant any mint directly into your garden. It will take over your yard and never go away. Always plant your mint in pots and make sure it has a sunny location to grow. Give it a drink of water every so often and pinch off any flowers that appear. As you pinch off those leaves for your water, you mint plant just smiles. They like to be pruned.
Calorie free tropical pineapple beverage anyone? And I bet you can find those little drink umbrellas at the Dollar Store. Now you’re out of control!
Help Us Be Nice, Amen!