Health & Fitness
Healthy Summer Drink Recipes
Many of us have experienced record breaking heat in the past week. Even normal summer temperatures, especially when coupled with time in the sun, can quickly dehydrate someone. That means you and your kids need to drink plenty of fluids.
Loading up on sugary, highly caffeinated and artificially colored drinks is not a healthy option. There are easy ways to provide your family with flavorful healthy drinks, and making your own will save you money too. Here are a few of my favorites.
Homemade Sports Drink - Great for when your body is losing lots of fluid such as when playing sports or spending all day in the sun at the beach.
- 100% fruit juice
- sea salt
Fill a water bottle half full with water. Add a large pinch of sea salt. Close and shake well. Fill the rest of the bottle with fruit juice.
Infused Water – Adds subtle but distinct flavor to water.
Simply place washed fruit, vegetables, and/or herbs in a jar or pitcher and fill with water. Let stand in the refrigerator for at least a few hours and up to two days. Here are ideas for flavor combinations, but you can also use individual flavors.
- cucumber & basil
- pineapple & mint
- peach & sage
- lemon & cucumber
- strawberry & basil
Sun Tea - A refreshing option for when you're craving more than water.
Sun tea is easy to make. Place water and tea bags (one bag for every two cups of water) in a clear glass jar or pitcher. Cover and set it in the sun for a couple of hours or until desired strength.
You can also add flavor to the tea by including a few pieces of fruit in the the jar or pitcher. Try slices of peach, apple, mango, or whatever sounds good to you.