Denise Austin's 12 ways to spice up your water

Thursday, January 21, 2010; VA11

In Denise Austin's latest book, "Denise's Daily Dozen," she recommends making water more enticing by adding one of the following ingredients. "I feel like I'm at a spa when I do this, and it makes it a lot easier to drink the required eight glasses of water a day," she writes.

1. Slices of cucumber

2. Orange wedges

3. Shredded ginger

4. Mint leaves

5. Chopped strawberries

6. Two splashes of grapefruit juice

7. Lemon slices

8. A peppermint tea bag

9. Green tea drops (available at most health food stores)

10. A teaspoon of cranberry juice

11. Celery sticks

12. Ice cubes made from orange juice

SOURCE: "Denise's Daily Dozen: The Easy, Every Day Program to Lose Up to 12 Pounds in 2 Weeks" by Denise Austin. Copyright 2010. Reprinted by permission of Center Street, a division of Hachette Book Group Inc.

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