5.14.2013

The Tuesday Take From a Functional Shopaholic

Tuesday is the day I spill my own little voice into the big crazy interweb vat of everyone else's opinions, sharing my favorite whatnots and whereabouts and why they are so dang awesome to me.

 Today's take: Prodyne Fruit Infusion 93-Ounce Natural Fruit Flavor Pitcher

I remember the old Weight Watchers days when women three times my age (I started way early like most young female slaves to the scale) would complain about getting their 8x8 dose of water.  8 cups, 8 times a day.  We were advised to add Crystal Light or buy the 0-Calorie flavored waters from Wal-Mart to make water drinking bearable.  Basically anything that was caffeine-free counted as "water." 

Gross.

I love water and have never really had a problem drinking it plain.  But I do appreciate a little variety sometimes.  I think spas and resorts have the flavored water system mastered.  And it's about as natural and pure as it is going to get.  No chemicals, no artificial flavor, just plain water that has been infused with fresh fruits and herbs.  I might be alone on this, but my favorite part about spa-ing is not the treatments I receive, but all the the goodies available... the swanky showers that simulate different tropical storms, the lavender or eucalyptus infused cold towels, and of course THE WATER INFUSIONS!  Water with pineapple, water with cucumber and mint, water with lemons, water with basil, even water with watermelon.

Unfortunately, spa time is relegated to special vacations with the hubby or visits from Mommy and I am normally stuck at home drinking plain old tap water with a chunk of lemon thrown into the glass. Snooze.  Until I stumbled across the Prodyne Fruit Infusion 93-Ounce Natural Fruit Flavor Pitcher.  Life has not been the same since.

You see that down there?  Those are blackberries and lemons.  Yeah.  It was like my own little resort day out here in the desert.  All that was missing was the cabana boy and the pool.  
 

I love this pitcher not just for making my own water exciting, but it is a very nice addition for family dinners and BBQs with friends.  It is incredibly easy to use and it can look kind of pretty sitting on the table.

When I'm in the mood for fruity flavored water, I unscrew the infuser column out of the lid of the pitcher and fill it with whatever happens to be in my fridge that might taste good.  I learned not to overfill it or stuff the fruit/herbs/etc. in there too tight or it becomes a little challenging to clean.


Then I reattach the infuser to the lid, fill the pitcher 3/4 of the way with filtered water to avoid spillage when I insert the fruit, and attach the lid.  I allow it to settle in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving to allow ample time for the flavors to mingle around and get super tasty.  And tasty they are!  Once the water level starts to get low, I just refill and allow the flavor to readjust.  After a few days, the fruit can start to look a little faded and funk and I'll usually empty the pitcher and start over. 

Relatively easy to clean.  Amazing tasting water.  And I like to pretend I'm fancy-fancy when my friends and family come over to visit.  If only those Weight Watchers ladies knew about this gem fifteen years ago!  The best part is that the recipe options are limitless.

Hmm... I wonder if this would be good for sangria... 93 ounces of sweet mouth-watering wine drink.  Sounds like a project to me!

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