Summer is finally coming! The temperature is expected to reach the low 90s this week-end.
We’ll begin to get thirsty! I don’t know about you, but I drink several liters every day in summer. I’m just thirsty ALL the time!
But how do you keep it healthy when you don’t want to drink just plain water all the time?
Of course, you need to avoid soda pops, fruit juices, and all these drinks you’re offered when you attend summer events, picnics, BBQs and parties.
So, here are a few healthy and tasty alternatives to the no-soda-plain-water-only thirst quencher.
1. Mint Lemonade
Combine 2 sliced lemons and 1 cup of fresh mint leaves with 4 cups of cold water. Let it chill for about 1 hour to absorb the flavors.
Healthy tip: Mint serves as a natural breath freshener and relieves indigestion. Lemon cleanses the liver, which is a great idea if you’re invited to a BBQ!
You can also drink lemon water without the mint. I drink a large glass of lemon water every morning when I get up, before having breakfast.
2. Cucumber Orange Water
Combine 1 sliced orange and 1 sliced cucumber with 6 cups of cold water. Let it chill for about 1 hour to absorb the flavors.
Healthy tip: Cucumber is a cooling agent that hydrates the skin, increases metabolism, and provides our body with vitamins and nutrients. Citrus fruits also benefit our skin and clean the liver (especially lemon).
Tea is great in summer because you can drink it cold. Of course, we’re talking about herbal tea here, not black or green tea. Herbal tea can usually be consumed without moderation (it depends on the herbs), while black and green tea need to be consumed sparingly (no more than 3 cups per day), because they have various side-effects.
Iced mint tea is one of my husband’s favorites, while I prefer hibiscus tea.
3. Iced Mint Tea
Simply add 2-3 organic mint tea bags or a bunch of fresh mint leaves to 4 cups hot water. Leave it to cool, remove the bags or the leaves, and chill for a couple of hours or overnight. Mint tea keeps for a day or two in your fridge.
4. Hibiscus Tea
Hibiscus tea is an infusion made from the Hibiscus flower. It is also referred to as flor de Jamaica and in the U.S. it is sometimes known as simply Jamaica. Hibiscus tea has a tart, cranberry-like flavor, and it contains vitamin C and minerals; it is used traditionally as a mild medicine.
Simply add 2-3 hibiscus tea bags or a few tablespoons of dried hibiscus flowers to 4 cups of hot water. Leave it to cool, remove the bags or the leaves, and chill for a couple of hours or overnight. Hibiscus tea keeps for a few days in your fridge.
PS: I encourage you to avoid sweetening your teas; this will help you get used to drinking un-sweetened beverages. But if you really need a sweet touch, I highly recommend you use Stevia instead of sugar.
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