3 Simple Refreshing Summer Beverages

It’s important to keep your body hydrated, especially when it’s losing fluids through sweat during the heat of summer. Plus, you’re sure to get the best feeling when you have a cold drink on a hot day. But just because you’re trying to stay cool and hydrated doesn’t mean you always have to reach for water. Instead, you can make this summer more exciting with a delicious flavored beverage that’s customized to the season. When you’re working on a healthy eating shopping list, pick up the ingredients to make these light and refreshing beverages this summer.\r\n

Make Your Water More Interesting

\r\nOf course, drinking water is a great way to keep your body hydrated, but water can get boring fast. Instead of skipping it altogether and moving on to other beverages, just spice up your water a bit by infusing it with flavors. That way, you still get the hydration of pure, crisp water, but you also make it more exciting on your tongue. Infused water is a great drink to have as part of a healthy eating diet plan, since it features calorie- and sugar-free water, and you can control the ingredients you add.\r\n\r\nIt’s easy to make infused water. You can add your flavor ingredients to the infuser piece of a specialty infuser cup, or just add the ingredients straight to the water. Or put them in a tea strainer or add them to a pitcher and pour yourself a glass from it. There are endless options for how to flavor your water. Create light and sweet infused water by adding citrus slices, berries or other types of fruit. Fresh mint creates a refreshing beverage, and you can mix it with fruit if you want – crush the mint leaves to get more of the flavor into the water. You could also create ginger water by slicing up ginger root and adding it in. And feel free to mimic spas and create some cucumber water with cucumber slices. Play and have fun to find the flavor you enjoy! Plus, when you add healthy ingredients to your water, you’ll get the added benefit of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients and health boosters that are perfect for a healthy eating diet plan.\r\n

Whip Up a Simple Smoothie

\r\nSmoothies are another refreshing summer drink that will keep you hydrated and help you make the most of summer’s produce bounty. If you have the right smoothie base, you can add any flavors you like to it to create a delicious smoothie based on your personal preferences. For your base, choose your favorite of regular cow’s milk, a milk substitute such as soy milk or almond milk, or yogurt. Then, add your favorite fruits from your healthy eating shopping list. Ones that blend really well are bananas, strawberries, peaches, pears, mangoes and more. It’s up to you if you don’t mind the texture of the skins and/or seeds blended in from fruits like kiwi and blueberries.\r\n\r\nYou can stop there and blend, or feel free to add your choice of vegetables – especially green, leafy ones – flax seeds, peanut butter, tofu or cocoa powder. (You could also make a smoothie without the fruit, such as a peanut butter and cocoa powder one.) Tip: If you like your smoothies extra cold, add ice before you blend or use frozen fruit instead of fresh.\r\n

Try a Twist on Classic Lemonade

\r\nAnother awesome summer beverage is watermelon lemonade. It takes the refreshing summer classic of lemonade and mixes it with in-season watermelons that you can find at every supermarket and farmer’s market throughout the summer. Try juicing 2 lemons and mixing the juice with 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar and 1 cup leaves of fresh mint (that you muddle with a wooden spoon) in a pitcher. Then, blend half of a medium watermelon (choose a seedless watermelon as the easier option, or remove the seeds before blending). Pour the blended watermelon through a mesh sieve into the other ingredients and mix them together. Voila, you have a refreshing summer drink!\r\n\r\nFeel free to change this watermelon lemonade recipe to fit your preferences. For instance, you could change the amount of sugar, leave it out altogether or use white sugar or sugar syrup instead of brown sugar. You could also leave out the mint leaves if you’d prefer to stick to the fruity flavors of watermelon and lemon.