Featured Item of the Week = Flavored Water


Have you noticed recently the amount of beverage options available in your local convenience store? The space dedicated to beverages is no longer a single cold case in the back of the store, but it can now take up two or three walls. Sodas have the lion's share of space in the display cases, as well as juices and many forms of energy drinks. The newcomer to the wall of beverage offerings is flavored water.


Americans consume approximately 29 billion single serve bottles of water a year. Despite efforts of special interest groups such as Un-Bottled Planet, marketing campaigns by environmental groups, EPA's efforts to have consumers "reduce, reuse, and recycle" and even the film Tapped which shows the effects bottled water has on the environment, bottled water sales continue to grow.

According to a January 24th, 2011 edition of CSN (Convenience Store News), plain bottled water sales were up in 2010 over 10%. Former Representative Bart Stupak (D-MI) stated "Americans are willing to pay top dollar for bottled water, which costs up to 1,900 times more than tap water and uses up to 2,000 times more energy to produce and deliver." This comment came after a February 8, 2011 study by Corporate Accountability International was released.


One of the newest specialties to the water arena is flavored waters. Flavored waters are definetly a mainstream trend, whether on the store shelf or in a local restaurant.

In a recent trip to a local convenience store, I counted 21 different varieties of water and flavored water. Some were purely flavored, while others contained just as much sugar as a can of soda. There are many flavor, infusion, and vitamin enhancements to choose from. Be sure to read the labels though if you are choosing this option as a healthy substitute to soda. You may be surprised to see the sodium and sugar content of some of the water options out there.


The human body consists of 60-65% water. Our bodies need constant replacement of water supply to function. Without it we feel the symptoms of dehydration such as tiredness throughout the day, slow reactions, inability to concentrate and eventually numerous health problems due to poor circulation and regulation throughout the body's systems.

According to the Iowa State University extension, our brains are over 90% water, which explains why when we do not get enough water our mental capacity is inhibited. As a general rule, we should drink about eight; eight ounce glasses of water per day. About 20% of our water needs are obtained through the food we eat.


Tobey-Kendel Dining Room has a new flavored water station located along the south wall, just beyond the Home Plate and Pizzeria stations. You will find a variety of flavored waters every day during lunch and dinner for you to try. There are no added sugars or other enhancements in this water. We start with good old-fashioned cold water and add vegetables, fruits, and herbs to give this water a refreshing kick. Water

Water flavors change every day, so be sure to check them out and see what the newest combinations are. Do you have a favorite flavor combination that you have tried either here or elsewhere? If so, please let us know by emailing us at diningservices@unco.edu. We are always looking for new recipe ideas. Some of our favorite flavors so far have been Cantaloupe Mint, Honeydew Pineapple, Lemon Cucumber, Rosemary Orange, and Watermelon Grapefruit. Come give our flavored waters a try and rehydrate your body and mind!


Chef EssigThere are many new and exciting things happening in Dining Services this year, and I certainly hope you will take advantage of what we have to offer. Dining Services is here for you because "We Feed The Bears" and we are very proud of it! GO BEARS!

Don’t forget to look at the weekly menus often to find out what other fabulous menu items await you this week! You can also call the FoodLine (970.351.FOOD) for daily menus. Not signed up for the Faculty/Staff Payroll Deduction program yet? Learn more about the program here.

Happy Dining!
Chef Aran Essig, CEC, CCA
(Certified Executive Chef, Certified Culinary Administrator)