My relationship with water has been fraught with tension for a while now. I know I should be drinking more of the clear stuff, but I struggle to convince my tastebuds that I enjoy it. So when I drink water, I usually try to find a way to make it more enjoyable. I’ve done various variations of spa water — agua with some kind of cut up fruit in it — and lately I added something else to the mix. I took the Crystal Light Flavor Over Fizz Challenge, and found new ways to enjoy my least favorite beverage!

crystal light flavor over fizz challenge

Lemonade + ice tea in the Summertime! WIN

Recently I was sent some Crystal Light packets for review, and they could not have been more handy. Slender and durable, the on-the-go packets have proven to be the perfect let-me-just-stick-these-in-my-purse addition for summertime outdoor fun. Festivals, picnics, days just wandering around in the great outdoors. Whenever you want a pick-me-up for your waterbottle, there it is!

Part of the flavor over fizz challenge included finding a way to dress up your drink, and there are SO many ways to make water more inviting and delicious. I found inspiration in my favorite cocktails. One of my favorite things to drink in the summertime? MOJITOS. So I made a Crystal Light lemonade-based homage to the cocktail I love.

Crystal Light Flavor Over Fizz

Mint lemonade, anyone?

Crystal Light lemonade + water (sparkling water works GREAT here) + slices of lemon and lime + mint sprigs = summertime deliciousness. Yes, I drank this whole pitcher. Twas lovely.

Crystal Light Flavor over Fizz

So refreshing!

Instead of whipping up a big ol’ jar of sun tea (with all of the spoonfuls of sugar that I used to use), I just used a Crystal Light peach iced tea on-the-go packet. 5 calories, and takes just a second to pour, stir, and enjoy. (add lemon slices or mint to this, too! Yum).

Another idea I experimented with (but neglected to photograph), agua sangria! Crystal Light Strawberries Wild or Fruit Punch + sliced strawberries + frozen grapes in lieu of ice cubes. AWESOME.

I’m still working on tricking my tastebuds to enjoy just plain ol agua, but for super hot days these water remixes are delicious and refreshing and most of all, LIGHT. It feels great to not be craving softdrinks anymore — diet or otherwise.

What are you sipping on to quench your summertime thirst, bellas? Tell me! Oh and click here to take the Crystal Light Flavor Over Fizz Challenge yourself, they’re giving out all kinds of cool prizes on Facebook!

No monetary compensation was provided by Crystal Light or Glam Media for this post. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Crystal Light.

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Joii C. says:
July 15, 2011, 11:42 am
Beautiful and Healthy. What more could you ask for? :-)
pets says:
July 15, 2011, 1:30 pm
Coconut water - most preferred. Your flavoured waters look and sound as if they taste as good as they look. An unfortunate side effect of liquid intake for many ladies is bathroom breaks.
dimpy says:
July 15, 2011, 7:05 pm
Doesn't crystal lite have aspartame or sucralose? I'm not sure why but I think artificial sweetners are healthy...
BlackBetty says:
July 16, 2011, 1:03 pm
I know Crystal Light seems like such an easy fix but their ingredients are questionable, at best. Too many are linked to cancer, tumors, neurological issues for me to sip it. Instead, try infusing your drinks with fresh fruit, minus the CL, it'll be just as tasty and less risky.
Rose says:
July 16, 2011, 2:25 pm
I agree with pets. Coconut water is good and replaces your electrolytes loss from heat/sweating. CL has unhealthy, questionable ingreds and food dyes.
Purple says:
July 16, 2011, 4:39 pm
I add slices of lemon and cucumber to my pitcher of water :)
PoetrysTruth says:
July 16, 2011, 5:10 pm
I like the pom/cherry one...I get a whole box for a dollar at the local discount store
Jennifer says:
July 17, 2011, 2:11 pm
I love adding fresh basil to my water.
bella says:
July 17, 2011, 10:26 pm
THAT, I will try next!
bella says:
July 17, 2011, 11:06 pm
I'm working to get there. I do still have a love affair with instant products and processed foods, and I do still use items like Splenda and Equal. I'm gonna try it sans CL this week. I'm on a personal hydration challenge this summer!
bella says:
July 17, 2011, 11:08 pm
I do LOVE coconut water but even the kind I get here in the US has preservatives etc. I am working towards healthier living, but I do sometimes still use Splenda and Equal and artificial sweeteners. I'm trying to wean myself off, slowly but surely...
LAGirlatheart says:
July 18, 2011, 11:48 am
Bella, I feel your pain, but there is no way to get around it. Our bodies are 70% water. We need water. These CL recipes are fantastic! Unfortunately, CL has so many drawbacks it's not a healthy substitute for aqua, mami. :(
candiew says:
July 25, 2011, 1:00 pm
I drink coffee (half cup a day, home brewed) a glass of wine with dinner, and WATER. The only way to start the water habit, is to do it, plain and simple. Drinking stuff like Crystal Light won't help you adjust to the taste of water. Crystal light isn't healthy at all and you may as well drink soda, and I believe that a lot of these drinks are traps to get people addicted to sugar and other chemicals. I won't go into my theories about the subtle connection between Big Agriculture, the processed food companies and the corporate health care and pharmaceutical machines. You are better off squeezing a little citrus (oranges, lemons, tangerines, limes, grapefruit) into fresh water and if you crave a bit of sweetness, use honey or agave sweetener. And Bella, lay off the artificial sweeteners, that's a trap too! That stuff is made in a chemical lab from compounds that were never meant to be consumed by humans!
Markeshia says:
July 28, 2011, 3:16 pm
Have you tried Hint water? Unlike some of the Crystal Light and other "flavored" waters it doesn't add any kind of artificial sweetner. So what you have is this delicious infused water. I found it at Whole Foods. Tried the lime flavor and it didn't leave a bitter after finish or the yucky chemical flavor that you get with artificial sweetener. It was exactly a hint of lime.