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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Five Simple Tips for Storing Fresh Herbs

Five Simple Tips For Storing Fresh Herbs

Why use fresh herbs? They are a simple, natural and healthy way to add a burst of flavor to many of your favorite foods, without all of the fats, sugars and artificial flavorings you make be accustomed to.  Think that fresh herbs are only for main dishes?  Think again!  They are also perfect for adding amazing flavor to just about any food or drink, including infused water, salad dressings, sugars, teas, desserts and breads.  There is just one problem with fresh herbs - they go bad so quickly!  So what can you do?

Try any of these five simple tips for storing fresh herbs:

  • Buy herbs as fresh as possible - it doesn't get any fresher than growing your own, but weather and growing space can limit your growing options.  The next best option is to buy fresh herbs from the local farmers market or grocery.  The freshest herbs are generally the ones that will stay firm and flavorful longer.  So how can to know if your herbs are at their peak freshness?  If packaged, check the 'best by' or 'use by' date.  Inspect the herbs closely and check for consistency - make sure that all of the leaves are firm, and that some are not brown or wilted.  The colors of the leaves should be bright, not dull.  Not sure which herbs are the freshest? Ask the experts - the local farmer, merchant or grocer selling them are an often untapped or underutilized wealth of knowledge about the herbs and selecting the freshest ones.
  • Get them home as quickly as possible - think of fresh herbs like cut flowers.  They need to be kept cool and placed in water as quickly as possible to keep them at their peak freshness longer and to prevent them from wilting.
  • Store fresh herbs in a container designed for fresh herbs, an herb keeper - the right container will make all of the difference when storing herbs.  Herb keepers are specifically designed to extend the life of perishable herbs, and have the added bonus of making fresh herb storage super easy.  You just add a small amount of water to the base, add your fresh herbs and place the herb keeper in the refrigerator.
  • Enjoy fresh herbs even longer by freezing them - an added bonus to freezing?  You can have fresh herbs at your fingertips whenever you need them right from the freezer, and it's super simple to do with the Herbsicle Frozen Herb Keeper.  Just fill it with fresh leafy herbs and freeze, then when you need them, simply cut or grate the herbs you need directly into your pan or dish.  The Spicecube is also perfect for storing a variety of fresh herbs in one container right in your freezer, and is an ideal solution for storing fresh herbs in premeasured amounts.
  • Try drying your fresh herbs to store them even longer - just clean and dry the herbs, bundle them at the stem then hang them upside down until thoroughly dried.  Once dry, they can be easily stored in airtight food storage containers until needed.
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Saturday, March 1, 2014

The 10 Simple Do's and Don'ts of Healthy Eating

The 10 Smple Do's and Don'ts of Healthy Eating
Healthy eating is not only a good way to boost energy and control weight, it is also an easy way to fuel your brain and invest in your long-term well-being.  But eating healthy is so much more than choosing the right foods, it's also how you fold them into your day.  Sound like too much work?  Not with these ten simple do's and don'ts!

To simplify healthy eating, try these:

Buy high-quality natural foods loaded with vitamins and minerals - think nuts, cheeses, whole grains, fresh fruits and fresh vegetables.  Reduce your consumption of saturated fats by adding more olive or canola oil into your diet.  Adding protein is an important component of any healthy diet, but remember it doesn't have to be animal based.  Try cooking with more plant proteins such as tofu or our favorite, beans.

Eat a balanced diet - the human body is a complex, highly orchestrated machine.  It just stands to reason that our bodies need a variety of foods to get all of the nutrients we need for daily living.  The best way to do this is by eating a balanced diet of grains, dairy, protein and fruits and vegetables.  A good site to use as a reference for this is ChooseMyPlate.gov, which includes a number of quick-read articles on healthy eating, recipes and some good tips for eating healthy on a budget.

Practice portion control - so much easier said than done, but portion size does matter when eating healthy.  Think you know the impact of portion size on your body?  Take Portion Distortion quiz from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.   Need another tip?  To keep from getting hungry between meals, drink plenty of fresh water.  It will help keep you feeling energized and full.

Avoid processed foods - while it may be tempting and handy to grab prepackaged or boxed foods and snacks as a convenience, these foods are frequently loaded with sugars, empty calories and a whole host of additives.  Try making your own healthy snacks instead and have them premeasured in snack containers or wraps.  One of our favorites is a simple 'trail mix' of walnuts, raisins and dates.

Always keep a healthy snack or two at your fingertips - nothing clobbers the healthy eating intentions faster than the combination of hunger, feeling rushed and nothing that's healthy ready to munch on.   Because most days never seem to go as planned, keep a 'snack stash' such as dried fruit and nuts in your purse, backpack, locker or desk.  Have salads, fruit, yogurt and other healthy foods ready to grab and go in the refrigerator.  Another tip?  Have healthy snacks around that you look forward to eating.  You'll be more likely to grab those rather than chips or candy.

What are the healthy eating 'don'ts'?

Avoid tossing leftover food - fresh food can be pricey, particularly if organic, so wasting it just doesn't make sense from either a cost or environmental standpoint.  The good news is that you can enjoy those leftover fruit and veggies in so many other ways.  Need some ideas? Leftover vegetables can be incorporated into tomorrow's dinner.  Uneaten fresh fruit can be frozen into ice cubes as a flavorful garnish for water and other beverages. Rather than buying fresh herbs and pitching what you don't use, freeze them instead for later use.

Do not skip breakfast - it really is your most important meal of the day.  Not only will this help you make better food choices throughout the day, a good breakfast will give both your brain and body added strength and energy.  Too busy to eat a healthy meal in the morning?   Try making it ahead and taking it with you instead!  There are many reusable to-go containers perfect for anything from a hearty oatmeal to fruit salad and yogurt.

Don't eat fresh fruits and vegetables without washing them thoroughly first - this is also a very real safety concern.  Even if your fresh produce is home grown, cleaning your produce is important to remove dirt and all of the bad things you can't see, like bacteria.  A simple vinegar water wash and if needed, a vegetable brush can make this a snap.

Don't burn yourself out on your favorite foods - 'food boredom' is a popular reason to choose unhealthy foods and snacks when granola, turkey wraps or low-fat cheese cubes just doesn't sound that appealing.  Your taste buds and body crave something that is either sweet, savory or loaded with crunch.  To combat this, keep a good selection of foods can rotate them to challenge your palate.

Don't reuse disposable containers for storing and reheating food - which containers are we referring to?  Some examples include the styrofoam to-go containers and margarine or whipped topping containers.  While these containers are perfectly fine for their intended use, they are not designed for the rigors of daily reuse, such as providing airtight protection for food or reheating in the microwave.

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Five Healthy & Inexpensive Food Ideas

Five Healthy and Inexpensive Food Ideas

So you want to eat healthy.  Who doesn't?  Eating healthy is not only a good way to invest in your long-term health, it is an easy way to feel energized, maintain a healthy weight and get those much needed (and often overlooked) vitamins and minerals.  While most of us enjoy the convenience of going to a grocery to grab our choice of fresh foods, their condition and prices can vary significantly depending upon the season and availability.  So what can you do to set a healthy table without busting the bank account?


Try these ideas for keeping healthy food for the entire family flavorful, affordable and available:

 
  • Use foods such as fresh herbs, olive oil, infused vinegars, aromatic vegetables and other seasonings to add flavor to foods rather than prepackaged sauces or mixes.   There are literally thousands of recipes on the internet for healthy and amazingly delicious meals that are super easy to make using fresh food.   How can you keep the family budget in check when cooking with these foods?  The trick is to keep them fresh until needed.  Keep herbs, vegetables and other foods fresh longer by following a few simple tricks and using quality kitchen storage containers.
  • Skip the pricey bagged chips, cookies and other prepackaged snacks.  Easily make your own healthy snacks and have them preportioned and ready-to-eat in food wraps or snack containers in the refrigerator.  Some of our favorites include fresh fruit and yogurt, cheese cubes, cut veggies with a yogurt dill dip, salads and granola. 
  • Avoid sugary juices and sodas.  Keep refreshing, chilled water in the refrigerator at all times instead.  Is plain water a little boring for your family?  Try making fruit infused water instead.  It's easy to make ahead, so it's at your fingertips and ready to enjoy.  Our tip?  Use fruit water bottles.  They're reusable and come in a variety of styles and colors.  We offer a number of free recipes, and some of our favorites include strawberry lemon and lemon lime. 
  • When buying fresh foods, try to use them while fresh or store them longer for later use.  How?  Kitchen gadgets have risen to new heights to keep up with the demand for healthy meals, with fresh food getting particular attention.  Many easily pay for themselves and then some.  Need some ideas on what's new for keeping food fresh?  Think frozen herb mills for extending the life of fresh herbs or berry bags for easily keeping strawberries and raspberries fresh up to two weeks without prepping.
  • Finally, don't discount the need to keep other foods fresh and flavorful.  That whole grain artisan loaf of fresh bread, whole wheat pasta or organic cheese can add a punch of flavor and texture into any meal.   Keep these foods fresh and flavorful longer by knowing the best ways and having the right tools to store them.

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Food storage made easy - try these tips for choosing the sizes of your kitchen storage containers

Food storage made easy - try these tips for sizing your kitchen storage containers


Among a sea of choices, how do you know what size kitchen storage containers to choose for your home?  When I ask friends and family this question, I get anything from 'a variety of sizes' to 'whatever is on sale.'  But size really does matter with kitchen storage containers - the right ones are an investment that can go a long way towards helping you keep food fresh longer and expanding the food choices you have at your fingertips. 

Why are quality kitchen containers important for keeping foods are their peak freshness longer?  When food is stored properly, it retains its appearance, taste and nutritional value longer and food containers can be critical to this.  The fresh herbs you purchased today will stay fresh two weeks or longer if stored in an herb keeper.  Delicate fruits and vegetables, such as berries, celery, asparagus or salad greens can also last much longer in a container designed and sized for those foods.  And don't forget leftovers such as pasta, rice, sauces and vegetables. Rather than tossing them, having the right size containers allows convenient storage in your refrigerator or freezer, ready for a snack, reuse in another dish or as tomorrow's lunch.

And the benefits of sizing containers doesn't stop there.  You are less likely to toss food in the trash if you have a good quality food container in which to easily store it.  That helps you save money and helps the environment by reducing food waste.  Containers that are too large can take up valuable space in the refrigerator or freezer, minimizing shelf space and making it difficult to reach other foods.   Containers that are too small can create the inconvenience of some food prep before storing, such as cutting vegetables or slicing meats.

When thinking of size, there are several factors to consider when buying kitchen storage containers - including volume, dimension and shape.

Most containers come in three shapes, rectangular, round and square.  Which container shapes will work best?  Depends on your personal preference and how you will use them:
  • Rectangular - the most popular container shape.  Store with short end visible to see container contents for convenience and to maximize storage space.
  • Round - perfect for use in the refrigerator as the round shape will promote even chilling.
  • Square - ideal where storage space may be limited.
Volume and dimension go hand in hand. How many times have your purchased a kitchen storage container by 'ounces' or 'liters' only to be disappointed by its size?  Unless you're very good as estimating container sizes, it's always a good idea to verify the container length, width and height and especially when buying online.  Online images are designed to provide a detailed view of the food container, and may not provide an accurate representation of the container size relative to other products.  Another tip is to have the dimensions of a favorite food container that you can use as a baseline when shopping, i.e. is it smaller or larger than this container?


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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

More super simple fruit infused water recipes

fruit water recipes


Looking for a healthy alternative to all of those sugary juices and sodas? Fruit infused water is refreshing, super simple to make and a natural way to flavor your water.  But the best part?  You can create great tasting water in any flavor combination you want, such as lemon & lavender or strawberry & lime.  In addition, you get to enjoy the natural health benefits of all the vitamins and minerals that get infused into your water, such as vitamin C from those strawberries and lemons. 

Our newest collection of fruit water recipes includes two with frozen fruit - a perfect alternative when fresh fruit is not available.  It's also a clever use for leftover fruit that has been frozen.  Frozen fruit has the added benefit of infusing more quickly than fresh and it also keeps water chilled longer.  Working with frozen fruit is slightly different than fresh though in that it takes more space in the infuser until it thaws.  To avoid this we recommend buying or cutting the fruit you will be infusing into smaller portions before freezing.  Our recipes below have been adjusted to maximize flavor when using frozen fruit.

If you enjoyed the previous fruit water recipes we published, you'll love these new ones!

Ready for more fruit water recipes?


  • Berry blast - mix your choice of frozen berries, such as raspberries, blackberries, strawberries or blueberries, measuring about 1/2 cup of frozen fruit to one cup of water.  Place the fruit in the infuser, add water and let set for 30 minutes. Shake and serve.

  • Strawberry, mango and fresh lemon water - add frozen strawberries and mango to the infuser, alternating with the fresh lemon slices (a kitchen staple).  Use a ratio of roughly 1/2 cup of frozen fruit to one cup water adjusting the amount of fruit as needed for maximum flavor.  Let set for 30 minutes, shake and serve.

  • Citrus blast - put 5 thin slices of each of your favorite citrus, such as lemon, lime, grapefruit and orange in the infuser, add water, chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours and enjoy.

New to infusing water?  Try starting with fruits you enjoy already, then select one of our delicious and easy to make fruit water recipes.  Experiment with different flavor combinations.  If you prefer your drink a little sweeter, try adding honey to taste.  While a flavor infuser water bottle will simplify the infusion process, a cup or glass can be used as well - simply use a strainer to remove the fruit.  One last tip - always make sure you thoroughly clean your fruit before infusing to remove any dirt or residues.

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

20 ways to make this year a reusable one

Reduce Reuse Recycle - what's the true cost of your lifestyle?

What's the true cost of your lifestyle?  The answer that typically comes to mind is the impact to your wallet and waistline, but that cost actually goes deeper.  Try the waste generated from everyday living.  Our lifestyle impacts the environment with the resources we use and the waste we generate.   In fact, it's estimated that we end up tossing roughly one third of what we buy, which in the county where we live, is estimated to be over 5 pounds per person per day.

So what is the impact of this waste?  Most of us really don't give that much thought.  The reality is that while a small percentage of our trash gets recycled, most of what we toss ends up in landfills, which can have substantial environmental and economic costs.  Many older landfills are close to capacity, and building new ones close to the locations that generate the most waste is pricey and difficult to do (for example, how close do you want to live near a landfill?)   And the impact doesn't stop there.   Organic waste from food dumped in landfills can create methane, a potent greenhouse gas which is known to contribute to global warming.

What can you do to reduce the impact of this waste?


It's simple.  Start by replacing some of those disposable things you normally trash like paper towels and plastic bags, with their reusable counterparts.  You get the satisfaction of reducing the use of valuable natural resources needed to manufacture what otherwise might have been tossed, as well as reducing some of metals, paper and plastic that gets dumped in your local landfill.  It should also come as no surprise to find that your wallet might benefit as well, as reusable products typically will pay for themselves over and over again.

What do we recommend for reusable products to help reduce this waste?  Simple - whatever works for your lifestyle.  The 'road warrior' will probably have different preferences from a stay at home parent.  That said, we recommend reusables that are high quality, durable, versatile and if applicable, food safe.   Need some ideas?

Here are 20 good ones to get you started, based upon our experience:
  • Reusable water bottles - disposable water bottles can be recycled, but at a price.  Bottom line?  It takes resources to transport and recycle them.  A better option?  Purchase a reusable water bottle and use it.   With the selection of bottles now available, there's a size and style to fit every lifestyle and budget.
  • Fruit infusion water bottles - not only offer a healthy and refreshing alternative to sodas, juices and other sugary drinks, fruit infused water bottles can help reduce the waste that can be generated from disposable cans and bottles.
  • Reusable food wrap - comes in a variety of sizes, is easy to use and super easy to care for. 
    bee's wrap reusable food wrap
    Perfect for covering bowls, containers and pans as well as keeping sandwiches and loaves of bread soft and fresh.  Looking for more natural food wrap solution?  Try Bee's Wrap, a food wrap made from bee's wax.
  • Reusable lunch and snack containers - making your own to-go lunch offers many benefits, including healthy food choices, portion control and money savings.  The 'right' reusable lunch containers can save you time, money and vastly expand your meal choices beyond a sandwich and side dish.  How to determine what's 'right' for you?  Start with the foods you want to eat on-the-go, such as a hearty chowder or refreshing salad and select containers designed for those foods.
  • Reusable cleaning cloths - speaking of breaking the paper towel habit, reusable cleaning cloths are a responsible alternative to disposables for wiping, cleaning and dusting.  Even better if they're made from recycled fibers!
  • Stainless steel straws - why stainless steel?  Not only are these a practical and economical alternative to disposable straws, stainless steel makes them food safe, stylish and durable.  It also helps that they are dishwasher safe.
  • Reusable coffee cups and mugs - love your coffee while on-the-go or in the office?  Most of us don't think about the number of disposable cups we toss or their impact on the environment.  Try roughly 75 cups per person annually or about 500 billion cups per year worldwide,
    KeepCup coffee to go cup
    according to KeepCup.  Try this reusable, recyclable and engaging alternative to the disposable coffee cup from KeepCup.
  • DIY reusable cleaning kits - why buy pricey cleaners when you can make your own?  DIY natural cleaners can be just as effective as those at the grocery, and can be made at a fraction of the cost with non-toxic ingredients you already have in your own home. Whether you make your own or buy a DIY reusable cleaning kit, it's a great opportunity to reduce the number of containers and harsh cleansers we toss each year.
  • Reuse disposable shopping bags - here's a solution to the  disposable shopping bag issue, why not reuse the what's already out there?  Not only can this reduce their number, you can benefit as well.  Need an example? How many times have you gone to the grocery and forgotten your reusable shopping bags?  If you have too many items to carry out of the store, one solution is to have one or two disposable bags stashed somewhere where they can be easily grabbed at a moment's notice.  The perfect place?  Your keychain!  The Baggee is a hollow ball attached to a keychain designed to hold one or two disposable shopping bags, so they're always at your fingertips.
  • Reuse empty disposable bottles as rain catchers - such a simple idea....Petal Drops by
    Petal Drops Rain Catcher
    Quirky is a flower shaped funnel that sits on the top of a plastic bottle, making a unique rain catcher perfect for capturing and reusing rainwater for any number of uses, such as watering plants.
  • Reuse ice cube trays and muffin tins to freeze perfect portions of leftovers - this is a threefer, adding convenience to your kitchen, reducing food waste and saving you money all at the same time.   Extra eggs, milk, fruit, herbs, stock and other foods that might otherwise go bad can easily be frozen in premeasured amounts using standard ice cube trays and large muffin tins.   These frozen gems can then get stored in food safe containers or bags until needed.
  • Reusable shopping bags - not only do reusable shopping bags reduce the waste associated with disposable ones, our experience is that they are super convenient.  Fewer bags to carry, load into the car and unload once you get home.  Fewer headaches than trying to recycle the disposable ones as well.
  • Reuse glass canning, pickle, salsa, spaghetti and mayo as customized glass drink containers - this is the perfect solution for someone who does not want to spend a lot of money
    ecojarz reusable drink lid
    for a reusable water bottle, and it is super simple to do with the handy Ecojarz reusable drink lid.  Simply secure the lid to the jar of your choice with the screw-on band and you have a customized and stylish glass drink container.
  • Reusable silicone lids - need a simple solution to cover a pot, pan or make a bowl into a food storage container?  Silicone lids are a reusable and economical alternative to aluminum foil and plastic wrap.
  • Reuse decorative bottles to decant olive oil, vinegar and other kitchen staples - so simple to do with a durable stainless steel and cork pour spout.
  • Reuse lunch containers as food storage containers and vice versa - how many times have you had a small amount of food, such as leftover sauce or a piece of fresh cut fruit, and you used a large container to store it?  Why?  Most of the kitchens we visit have a vast selection of medium and large containers, but are woefully lacking in smaller ones which can be some of the most versatile food containers in your kitchen.  Rethink your lunch containers - they are perfect for storing smaller amounts of food.
  • Rechargeable batteries - how many batteries do you toss a year?  Probably more than you think.  From toys to remotes to those 'extra' batteries we hoard in drawers that never get used, a staggering amount of batteries end up in landfills.  While rechargeable batteries typically contain small amounts of toxic heavy metals, they can be recharged and reused many times.
  • Reusable soap dispensers - from dish soap to hand soap, reusable soap dispensers allow you to buy your soap in bulk and dispense it in reusable, stylish dispensers that are much more convenient to use.  You get to enjoy the savings from buying in bulk, the planet gets to enjoy less packaging waste.
  • Reusable food storage bags and clips - why did this make our list?  Because too often we see fruits, veggies and snack items such as chips, cookies and crackers go bad because they weren't stored properly.   Reusable food storage bags and clips easily pay for themselves many times over and the space saving design of these food storage must-haves makes them an indispensable addition to any kitchen.
  • Reusable single cup coffee filters - they now fit almost all single cup brewers and are super simple to use.   Just scoop the coffee of your choice into the filter and place in the brewer just like a disposable pack.  The benefit to the environment?  Rather than tossing a disposable pack in the trash, the coffee grounds from the filter can be used for rich garden compost.  The benefit to you?  Enjoy the benefits of the single cup brewer without the hefty price tag.
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Thursday, December 12, 2013

How to choose the perfect fruit infused water bottle

Whether you want to improve your health or lose weight, an often overlooked opportunity is what you drink.  Why? Because many of the processed sodas, juices and other drinks we regularly enjoy are just loaded with added sugars and empty calories.  In fact according to the USDA, just one 12 ounce soda can contain a whopping 8 teaspoons of sugar, or about 128 calories.  Doesn't seem like that much does it?  But those calories can really add up.  Drinking just one of those sodas every day can add almost 4,000 calories to your diet PER MONTH, or the equivalent of about one pound of body fat.
Fruit infused water bottle
Fruit Infused Water Bottle

So what's a healthy, low calorie and equally refreshing alternative to all of those sugary drinks?  Look no further than flavorful fruit infused water.  This refreshing drink is super easy to make and can be customized to your taste by using your favorite combinations of fruit or other produce.  An added plus? Infusing water with fruit is an easy and delicious way to add vitamins and minerals to your diet.  

You'll need three things to get started - fresh fruit, a good recipe and a fruit infused water bottle.  Why the bottle?  It's the easiest way to infuse your water quickly and evenly, and it will keep the fruit in the infuser where it belongs.  

With the growing popularity of fruit infused water, we've seen a large increase in the variety of infusing water bottles.  They now come in a variety of materials, colors, sizes and the infusing process can vary.   So how do you choose the bottle that's right for you?


Here are some important considerations when selecting a fruit infused water bottle:


  • Material - make sure the bottle is made with a food safe material.  Many love the look and feel of glass water bottles.  Not only is glass food safe, it is also popular as it will not stain and can be cleaned in
    Define Bottle Sport Bottle
    the dishwasher.  The downside of glass?  It can be heavy, making it a not so good choice as a sport or to-go bottle.  In addition glass can break, a definite consideration around children or pets.  A good alternative to a glass is Tritan
    , which has the look of glass but without the weight.  Tritan is a BPA free material known for it's toughness and durability, and its use with water bottles can make them stylish, lightweight and very impact resistant.
  • Your preference for infusing - there are two easy methods to flavor your water with fresh fruit - infusing or
    Wherever Water Fruit Infused Water Bottle
    Wherever Water Bottle
    reaming.  Infusing your water involves placing fresh fruit or other produce in an infuser, which is then placed into the bottle.  This process is perfect for smaller fruit or fruit combinations, but it can take an hour or more before water is fully infused. For those who prefer a quicker option, The Wherever Water Bottle from Full Circle features a built in reamer for juicing fresh citrus directly into your water, and is a perfect option for those who don't want fruit (such as lemon rinds) in their water. 
  • Size and volume - the importance of this will depend upon how you will be using the bottle and how much you will drink.  20 ounce bottles allow you to infuse a larger quantity of water and are perfect for those looking to increase their water consumption.  If
    Define Mini Fruit Infused Water Bottle
    Define Mini Bottle
    your bottle will be regularly packed in a purse, tote or lunchbox, a smaller version of an infuser bottle such as the 6.25 inch tall Define Mini may be just the ticket. 
  • Durability and care - your infused bottle can range from a style statement to the ultra-practical, but quality should consistently be there.  Do your research before buying and don't be afraid to ask the seller or manufacturer questions about the cleaning, care and use of your bottle.   Consider your lifestyle and how you will use and care for it, i.e. if you plan on using your bottle outside the home, will you need an easy way to carry it?   Want to change up your bottle lids from sport to office?  The Define Bottles feature a wrist lanyard for easy carrying and the Bamboo Twist and Flip Top lids are interchangeable.   Understand that infuser water bottles tend to have more parts to clean than standard bottles, and some may require hand washing.  If you wash all dishes in a dishwasher, look for a bottle listed as 'dishwasher safe.' 
The point here?  When it comes to fruit infused water bottles, you have more options than ever before.   Taking a few minutes to think about how you will be using the bottle, and how it will fit into your lifestyle will not only aid with healthy living, it will vastly simplify making this delicious beverage and ensure that you get the most out of your purchase. 

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