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Turns out is not so much what's in the water, but what the water is in that makes you consume more throughout the day.

Ashley Kappel
June 02, 2017

I have a terrible time drinking water. So terrible that if I wasn't mindful of it, I could easily spend my day sipping a morning glass of OJ, switching to mint iced tea for a caffeine boost, then having a glass of red wine before bed. And there's so much wrong with that. Water is a huge part of a healthy diet, can aid with sleep, weight loss, and digestion, and helps (me, at least) stop mindlessly snacking. But drinking it can be, well, boring.

I've tried fancy water bottles (which just seemed hard to clean), the rubber band method to remind me how much I've consumed (and how much I have to go), and swearing I'd get in 64 ounces a day, even if that meant pounding 32 right before bedtime, which, for the record, is also a terrible idea.

We're surrounded by chefs and chefs-turned-editors who have a secret they swear by: the take-out soup container. This basic container holds a quart, is easily washed nightly in the dishwasher, and encourages greater consumption due to the wide-mouth nature of the vessel.

Chefs and line cooks routinely use them as they're on-hand at most restaurants. When we asked our Test Kitchen pros why they used quart soup containers for water glasses, their answers were matter of fact: "It's easy," "I drink more," "I always have them around." 

Would you trade your swanky glass bottle for a simple deli container in an effort to drink more water?