HEALTHY AND REFRESHING DRINKS TO KEEP YOU COOL AND HYDRATED THIS SUMMER
Summer time in Arizona means hot days and activities that help people stay cool while still enjoying fun in the sun. Whether you’re swimming in your pool, enjoying a trip to your local water park with your kids or tubing down the Salt River, hydration is a vital part of successfully beating the heat.
When you’re hot and thirsty it’s tempting to reach for unhealthy drinks like soda or electrolyte drinks that are loaded with sugar. With a little preparation you can have healthy beverages available to quench your thirst that are satisfying and refreshing.
5 recipes for healthy and refreshing non-alcoholic drinks:
1) Sparkling lime mint quencher: This is light and refreshing, and provides a little bubbly kick to quench your thirst. Lime and mint drinks are especially refreshing. These drinks keep you hydrated and help you cut back on sugar and calories.
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup or agave nectar (or stevia to taste)
2 cups sparkling seltzer water (not club soda or tonic water)
1 cup ice
Add the first 3 ingredients to a large glass, stir to combine. Add ice to 2 glasses, equally divide mixture between glasses and top each off with one cup sparkling seltzer water. Add a few half slices of lime to each glass, if desired.
2) Water melon chiller: This is a flavorful, light and refreshing drink that the whole family will love.
2 cups chopped seedless watermelon, chilled
1/2 cup pomegranate juice, no sugar added
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 mint leaf
Add all ingredients together in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour over ice and garnish with additional mint if desired.
This recipes makes 2 servings and yields about 2 cups.
3) Iced Ginger Tea with Lemon:
4 ginger tea bags
1/2 a lemon
4 cups of water
Boil 4 cups of water and pour over large bowl with 4 bags of ginger tea. Steep for 15-20 minutes, then remove the bags and transfer to a pitcher. Pour the tea into glasses full of ice, add a squeeze of lemon and stevia to taste.
4) Cucumber Mint Water: This is a classic, refreshing drink that is great to have available as a staple beverage during the summer months.
1 large organic cucumber (peeled and sliced)
Fresh mint sprigs
1 cup water
1/2 cup ice
You can mix this right in your glass or in a pitcher. To make a single serving, put a few slices of cucumber and a mint sprig into your glass, add a handful of ice, top off with water, stir, and sip!
5) Basil Lemonade: Lemons are high in vitamin C and promote alkalinity and cleansing in the body. The basil adds a refreshing flavor to this sugar-free lemonade.
½ cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 cups of cold water
1 cup of fresh basil leaves
Place basil in the bottom of a pitcher and muddle it by slightly crushing the leaves. Combine lemon juice and water and pour over basil leaves. Add stevia to taste. Chill, and serve over ice.