Food Trend: Fancy Bottled Water
Remember when water used to be just… water? Then, sometime in the 90's, I think, water started having a moment. It's been a long moment (like a couple decades long). First there was bottled water. Until we started hating the eco waste that bottled “tap water” produced. Then there was coconut water and fruit flavored waters. And now, bottled water just got really, really fancy. And exotic.
Certainly, these fancy, innovative and healthy waters are a satisfying alternative to soda )which we should all ban from our diets).
Our appetite for new tastes seems insatiable. And foodie entrepreneurs are really good at encouraging us to discover new flavors and the health benefits of some of the lesser known foods. Certainly some of the fancy waters below seem delicious or, at least, beneficial:
|BLK is natural mineral spring water infused with fulvic minerals (Fulvic minerals are derived from plant matter and fulvic acid). As such BLK water boasts that it contains over 60 beneficial trace minerals as well as organic electrolytes and antioxidants. These fluvic minerals are what give BLK water its black color which, apparently does not affect the taste. Definitely a conversation starter to include this water in your water cooler at your next outdoor party. Find BLK water retail locations using the Find BLK tab or on Amazon.|
|Blossom Water is infused with 100% natural fruit and flower essences and just lightly sweetened with agave and erythritol (a plant-derived, non-caloric sweetener). This blend of flavors can only be enchanting. What a refreshing way to hydrate on a hot summer afternoon. Blossom Water is currently available in four flavors: Lemon Rose, Plum Jasmine, Grapefruit Lilac and Pomegranate Geranium. Find Blossom Water retailers here.|
|Almond Water by Victoria's Kitchen – Move over coconut water? Or with Victoria’s Kitchen Almond Water Coconut, you can have the best of both worlds. Almond water is a new flavor to the American market but is familiar in Europe. It's made using traditional techniques and only high quality all natural ingredients. The brand doesn't seek to be anything other than a tasty and refreshing alternative to iced teas or lemonades. It's supposedly a great cocktail mixer too. Here's the store locator. I'll have to remember to pick some up next time I'm at my local Fresh Market.|
|Maple (water) – Woody water is what this is called. Coconut water comes under this category and so does birch water (who knew?). Maple is tapped straight from the tree and nothing else is added. It's said to be naturally refreshing and hydrating with just a touch of maple flavor. Bonus: it contains fortifying vitamins, minerals, polyphenols, antioxidants, probiotics and is naturally low in calories. Find Maple retailers or buy from the Maple online store.|
|Ayala's Herbal Water – This fancy bottled water brand infuses herbs in pure water. It contains only 100% natural and organic ingredients, using the highest quality culinary herbs and infusing them in purified water. No sweeteners, no calories or artificial ingredients, the Herbal Water line was developed by Ayala, a physician and mother of three, who was exploring herbal ingredients to create a beverage alternative to sugary sodas. Taste sophisticated flavor combinations such as Lemongrass Mint Vanilla, Cloves Cardamom Cinnamon, Cinnamon Orange Peel, Ginger Lemon Peel, Lavender Mint, and Lemon Verbena Geranium. Buy online or find a retailer here.|
|Arty Artichoke Water – Artichokes are certainly not the first ingredient I would think about adding to my water. But this water blends artichokes, lemon, apple and mint to provide nutrition as well as hydration: artichokes happen to abound in powerful antioxidants and so Arty water is loaded with essential vitamins A, E, C, B1, B2, B3, B6, and B9 along with vital minerals Sodium, Potassium, Calcium and Iron. Definitely worth a try. Buy on Amazon.|
|Found Beverage Co Infused Water – Like Victoria's Kitchen Almond Water, Found has used legacy recipes to create inspire it flavored sparkling waters. They contain nothing artificial and are rich in minerals. Found also promotes sustainability and is the world's first carbon neutral beverage company. Try Cucumber & Mint, Apple & Cinnamon, Elderflower or the Lemon sparkling water. Shop at DrinkFound.com.|
I love that these water beverages were all started by passionate individuals. You know, as opposed to being a new brand launched by Big Beverage Co. That alone makes me curious to try them all. I must say that the taste and health claims are pretty interesting as well. I don't think I'm about to order a carton full of any of these just yet, but I will definitely pick them up to try as I find them in my local grocery stores. I'll report back! 🙂