Stay Hydrated with Soothing Fennel Tea (and a giveaway)

January 26th, 2012 at 6:06 am

It’s the final week of New Year, New You! I honestly cannot believe how quickly this month has soared by, but I’m glad we’ve been passing the dreary winter days with talk about setting healthy habits in 2012. In case you’ve missed any of the posts from the past 3 weeks, here’s a quick recap:

Stay Hydrated

This final week is all about staying hydrated with high-quality liquids. So often we think of food as being the key player in our overall wellness, but water is a critical element as well. It is estimated that our bodies are comprised of 60-80% water! Think of what that means if we are not properly hydrated. Our cells need water to thrive and carry out their many duties in our bodies.

A while back, I read a fascinating book called Your Body’s Many Cries for Water: You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty!, which highlighted just how vital water is for our health. You can survive for days (even weeks) without food, but your system rapidly deteriorates without water.

My top tips for staying hydrated:

  • Set a timer. I recently began using one of these handy timers for my interval workouts, and I’ve found that it also makes an excellent water timer. Every 30 minutes when the timer goes off, it reminds me to drink at least a half cup of water. I gulp it down, hit the reset button, and start all over again. It’s amazing just how quickly a half hour goes by before it’s time to drink up again!
  • Flavor your water. If you don’t like it’s taste, add a few drops of essential oils, citrus wedges, or stevia to give your glass a flavor boost. A reader mentioned to me recently how she likes to cook cranberries down with water to make a thick (unsweetened) sauce, then strains them and adds them to a glass of cold water for a refreshing sugar-free beverage. Sounds fantastic to me!
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Water comes to us not only by the glass, but also in fresh produce. A veggie and fruit-centric diet will deliver water as well as other vital nutrients to your thirsty cells.

Fennel Seed

The recipe below for a soothing Fennel, Mint, & Ginger Tea is one of my favorite hydrating beverages to sip this time of year. If I feel like I’m coming down with a cold or other bug, I’ll add a splash of apple cider vinegar to the tea as well. Both fennel and ginger are incredibly soothing to the stomach, while mint offers fresh flavor and plenty of antioxidants.

For more tips and recipes for staying hydrated, check out:

The Giveaway

Update 2/1/12 – This giveaway is now CLOSED.

This week I’m giving away one (16 ounce) LifeFactory glass water bottle in aqua blue! I drink from my lime green bottle every single day. LifeFactory bottles are free of BPA, PVC, phthalates, and lead. They are also dishwasher safe, but very easy to clean if you wash them by hand.

Enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post with your tips for staying hydrated.
  • Follow Daily Bites on Facebook or Twitter and leave a comment saying you did.
  • Follow Lexie’s Kitchen on Facebook or Twitter and leave a comment saying you did.

The giveaway is open until 12:00 CST on Wednesday, February 1, 2012. The winner will be randomly selected and notified that they have won via email. Contest is open to residents of the United States and Canada only, age 18 years or older.

Full disclosure: I purchased the product for this giveaway myself because I have personally tried it and endorse it. This is not a sponsored post.

Fennel, Mint, & Ginger Tea

Makes 1 cup of tea

1 cup water

1 tablespoon fennel seeds

1 one-inch piece finely grated fresh ginger root

1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, torn

Apple cider vinegar, honey, or unsweetened almond milk to taste, if desired

Bring the water to a boil in a small pot. Add the fennel, ginger, and mint leaves and stir to combine. Remove from heat, cover, and steep for 8-10 minutes. Strain, add other ingredients if using, and enjoy.



  1. This is one tip I have no problem with! Haha. I love water. When I get dehydrated I can tell that I feel so much more sluggish and fuzzy-headed.

    My tip is to have a water bottle with you everywhere. I have a Kleen Kanteen on my desk at work and I’m constantly sipping- it’s much easier to get water that way than to try to chug a whole glass at a time. I also keep a bottle next to my bed at night, and take one whenever I have to drive somewhere.

    Play with the temperature of the water too. Ice water is great when it’s warm, but in the winter I drink room temperature or even warm water. People think it’s weird but it’s very soothing. Herbal tea is another great winter option. In the summer, just double the concentration of the tea and ice it down- peppermint tea is great for this.

  2. Steph Duford said on January 26, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    I have a Life Factory water bottle and LOVE it! I would love to win your giveaway! Your tea recipe sounds very good as well! Thanks!

  3. I love making homemade tea. This will be great for the new tea brewing mug that I received as a gift. I’d love to win the water bottle!!!!

  4. Forgot to add my tips for staying hydrated. I make a pitcher of water with lemon and cucumber slices added to it. I can refill the pitcher for a few days consecutively. It’s a really different and refreshing way to stay hydrated.

  5. Oh gosh, sorry…three in a row!!! I follow both Daily Bites and Lexie’s Kitchen on Facebook. That’s how I found out about your tea recipe and Lexie’s Chia fresca recipe.

  6. Dana Coughlin said on January 26, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I try to drink at least 120 oz of water a day, I keep pitcher or filled water bottles in the fridge. My stomach feels better when I drink a lot of water.

  7. Dana Coughlin said on January 26, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    following Daily Bites on facebook

  8. Dana Coughlin said on January 26, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    following Lexie’s Kitchen on facebook

  9. I drink a lot of herbal teas, hot in the winter and mixed with juice and cold in the summer. I do get tired of plain water in the winter, so it is lots of cups of mint tea. I have some fennel seeds and will be giving your recipe a try with a mint tea bag until my mint reappears in the spring. I have really loved every week of your series, Hallie. It was a great inspirational way to gently move into the New Year with small changes that will make a big difference. I wouldn’t mind spending the rest of the year with you doing the same kinds of the things to keep me on track. You have such a gentle, sensible, upbeat touch that works for me.

  10. Deb Gowlland said on January 26, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I liked Daily bites on FB.

  11. Deb Gowlland said on January 26, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    I follow Lexies kitchen on FB.

  12. Deb Gowlland said on January 26, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I have my water bottle with me everywhere I go!! I drink lots of tea during the winter months as well.

  13. Kristin W. said on January 26, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    I drink warm water with honey in the morning. I need something warm in the morning to drink so I will definately need to try your recipe above. I would love to win this!

  14. Fennel tea … sounds so soothing! I love my LifeFactory bottle, too. xo

  15. Perfect drink, I drink mint tea almost daily, never thought to add fennel.

  16. Following on Twitter and Facebook.

  17. I always drink at least two big glasses of water when I wake up. It seems to help me stay hydrated. I notice a difference if I ever forget.

  18. Following Daily Bites on facebook.

  19. Following Lexie’s Kitchen on facebook.

  20. Sounds like an ideal combination of ingredients for a soothing and comforting tea! I’ve never made tea with fennel seed before (I always use the teabags), so must give this a try! :)

  21. I don’t have any tips for staying hydrated because I know I need to drink more! Hopefully I win and this bottle makes me drink more

  22. I Follow Lexies kitchen on twitter

  23. I follow daily bites on twitter

  24. Stephanie said on January 26, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    This recipe is an answer to prayer! (are you an angel??) I LOVE my light blue glass water bottle – people know it is mine every where I go. ;0) Great give-a-way idea! Gotta go make some tea…….thanks!

  25. I like to drink tea, and try to drink 2 bottles of water a day! That water bottle would be awesome! and its pretty too :)

  26. Love love the Lifefactory water bottles! And this tea just looks absolutely wonderful, Hallie. There are perfect tips here to get more hydration in. I am always thinking of ways to try and remember to add an extra glass of water in here or there!

  27. I’m still struggling with getting enough water in, but I have noticed the more water I drink the more I notice when I’m thirsty. I love this water bottle- very cute!

  28. I follow Daily Bites on FB

  29. I am a water and herbal tea girl. I also have a sodastream that’s bubbles to water! It makes the water fun :) I sometimes add a splash of juice, or make cider, ginger ale, etc. This recipe sounds delicious, I can’t wait to try it out!

  30. I follow Lexies Kitchen on FB!

  31. I follow Daily Bites on FB!

  32. I just love the taste of cold water–I’d rather have it over anything else so it’s easy for me to stay hydrated. But when I want a treat I put a few drops of lemon oil into a tall glass of water and add 1-2 drops of Stevia. It tastes just like lemonade, and I get the advantage of no calories and no sugar! :)

  33. Great giveaway! My tip to staying hydrated is to ALWAYS have a filled up water bottle with you (work, car, home, etc…). It becomes a habit to just drink from it.

  34. I follow you on Facebook.

  35. I follow Lexie’s Kitchen on Facebook.

  36. Sharmista said on January 27, 2012 at 3:15 am

    My tip is to have a cute water bottle and keep it close by! I’m much more likely to tote along my water if it’s in a cute container. :)

  37. Sharmista said on January 27, 2012 at 3:16 am

    I follow Daily Bites on FB.

  38. Sharmista said on January 27, 2012 at 3:16 am

    I follow Lexie’s Kitchen on FB.

  39. Stephanie KL said on January 27, 2012 at 5:38 am

    Plain water or with a little lemon juice as well as hot tea are my go-to hydration methods. My system is constantly flushed and free of all the bad stuff! Water helps my skin have that supple, soft feel with a healthy glow. And for someone who is 70 and looks 50ish, I don’t plan to stop drinking water any time soon.

  40. I love plain water the best. Red tea (rooibos) is an occasional treat. It has no caffeine and is not diuretic. Green cardamom pods make a gentle tea all on their own. Because they are seed pods, the decoction method is necessary. This type of tea is gentle on the stomach and is usually better for nausea for me than ginger root tea. You can use a mortar and pestle to break the seeds for a stronger flavor in the tea. If you can tolerate green tea, you can make a Moroccon mint tea. It is simply a mixture of green tea and spearmint and peppermint. Other mixtures of Moroccon tea add lemon grass to the blend. You can look for various recipes for this online. I do not suggest this tea for anyone suffering from acid reflux (GERD) because mint is irritating to GERD. Rather, I would first suggest cardamom tea. Black cardamom tea is as good as green cardamom tea.

  41. I’d love a Lifefactory water bottle! I think we need to look at a better water filter system because I just dont like our water since we moved. I’ll happily give your recipes a try as I really do need a tastey way to get rehydrated. Cheers!

  42. I follow Lexies Kitchen on FB!

  43. I follow Lexies Kitchen on Twitter!

  44. I follow Daily Bites on FB!

  45. I follow Daily Bites on Twitter!

  46. Drink lots and lots of water! And eat lots of veggies!

    Especially the ones with a high water content.

    And melons :)

    Thanks for the opportunity Hallie!

  47. i LOVE water and am always drinking water…generally exclusively (although i have herbal tea every now and then). i always have a glass of water on the counter, once i finish i immediately refill.

  48. follow daily bites on twitter

  49. follow lexies kitchen on twitter

  50. Followed Lexi’s Kitchen on FB

  51. Start early (apple cider vinegar with water 1st thing, followed by lemon juice with water) & having a water bottle or glass by my side throughout the day makes it easy to stay hydrated. Now if I could just get my kids to drink more throughout the day!

  52. Well, someone has already mentioned my tip, but basically, I am attached at the hip to my water bottle. I carry it everywhere!

  53. I posted comments on both facebook pages :) I stay hydrated by always keeping water with me in my car, purse, and son’s diaper bag. Also I snack on melon and other extra juicy fruits and veggies :)

  54. Brianna Tittel said on January 29, 2012 at 12:22 am

    I followed Lexi on Twitter.

  55. I drink a ton of water. I start with a big glass first thing in the morning. I keep a Tervis Tumbler 24 oz glass filled at work. Then I come home and drink maybe 3 to 4 more glasses of water. Then there is the tea, coffee, or juice I might also drink. You’d think my eyeballs would be floating around in my head! Guess it just takes a lot of fluid to keep me feeling hydrated. I look forward to trying this tea. I already drink fennel tea or peppermint tea frequently. Ginger should add a refreshing zing!

  56. I acquired my love of water when my throat and esophogus was so swollen and only water would trickle down. At that time, I could only “stand” water if it was ice cold. Since the swelling incident, I have grown to love the taste of water, cold, warm, room temperature. It literally saved my life.

    Val Naegele (OR)

  57. I always have a water bottle with me…next to the bed, in the car, in the stroller while exercising with my toddler, etc. However, I don’t have a LifeFactory water bottle, so I would love to win this one! I feel so much better when I drink enough!

  58. During winter I find it tough to stay hydrated because I’m too cold to drink water. Even indoors because my lab is freezing! I rely on herbal tea and warm water with lemon juice.

  59. My tip for staying hydrated is to always have water available to you. Often, we think we are hungry when we are just thirsty.

    My Mom owns one of these bottles and loves it!

    Thanks for such a wonderful website!!

  60. My tip for staying hydrated is to carry a water bottle everywhere I go; I don’t leave home without one. I LOVE the look of this glass water bottle, especially the color! Especially love that it is glass (not plastic). Water bottles should be accessories, so pick the right one. ;-)

  61. Already follow Daily Bites on Facebook :)

  62. Now following Lexie’s Kitchen on Facebook :)

  63. robin wall said on February 1, 2012 at 2:08 am

    I already do what you recommend with trying to get the fruits/veggies, and one of the best things I can do is keep cold water in the fridge, it always goes down better cold, or with ice!!! Arizona is HOT so we really have no choice to learn to drink water, please pick me for the water bottle, it would be used!!!

  64. I carry a huge water bottle to sip when I’m out of my apartment, that way I can never use the excuse that I couldn’t find any (free!) water while I’m out and about

  65. I automatically drink a glass of water whenever I go into the kitchen, even if I’m not thirsty,but when I go out I either have to bring my own water or do without. I don’t like buying water bottles all the time because I don’t like the taste of most bottled water. I usually fill up some FIJI bottles and keep them in the car but they only last so long. I love my well water and this bottle is so cool because it’s glass.

  66. I’m a FB fan.

  67. I’m also a fan of Lexie’s Kitchen.

  68. I just bought a new SIGG on the weekend (crazy on sale!) to help me with my hydration goals I set as part of my new years resolution… I haven’t been doing so well yet, but hopefully this will help! Finding a bottle that I LOVE will totally be beneficial. Lifefactory was totally in the running though, I love their stuff too!

  69. And I definitely <3 you on FB!

  70. …And Lexie, cuz she’s awesome! I’ve been reading her blog for at least a year or two!

  71. I love water with lemon in it.

  72. Pretty bottle — never seen that type before. Very interesting tea as well. I’m a big fan of steeping ginger or mint and lemon in hot water, then sweetening with honey, so this’ll probably be very good for me!



  73. Now following on Twitter as well (@squirrelbread). You’re from Madison! I grew up around Milwaukee.

  74. I always have a water bottle with me and track how much I drink. I can easily just forget if i’m not making a note of the water I am drinking, or the lack thereof.

  75. Stephanie said on February 1, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    I always have a glass of water sitting out, and I try to drink some every time I see it. When it’s empty, I refill for the next time I see it!

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