Drinks to help you stay cool this summer
While the weather warms up it’s important we look after ourselves and stay hydrated.
But instead of reaching for sugary or caffeinated drinks which will leave you feeling flat later, treat your tastebuds and nourish your body at the same time with these healthier alternatives!
Water, water, water – but with a twist!
If you struggle to drink one or two litres of water a day, try adding some of your favourite fruits, vegetables or berries for a natural, tasty kick. Our favourites are lemon, cucumber, mint, coconut water and all kinds of berries!
Watermelon – all juiced up or on its own!
Watermelons are the most hydrating fruits you’ll find during the summer months. They also have the essential hydrating salts, sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium that the body needs in order to stay hydrated.
Iced tea – homemade is always best!
Skip the sweetened iced teas that come in cans and bottles and make your own natural brew. Choose to steep your favourite herbal tea and chill it instead. Once chilled to perfection, add any or all of mint, lemon, honey and ginger, for an additional refreshing taste.
Bright ‘n early juice – a boost of electrolytes for that early start!
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 ½ to 2 cups of fresh water
- 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt
- 2 tablespoons natural sugar or honey, to taste
- Toss everything into a food blender and blend until the honey is dissolved, or just use some elbow grease and blend it by hand. Pour yourself a tall glass, drop in a few ice cubes, and enjoy.
Frozen lemonade – perfect on a hot day!
- 4 lemons, juiced
- 1 orange, juiced
- 1 lemongrass stalk, chopped into 1-inch pieces
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- In a medium bowl, combine the lemon and orange juices with the lemongrass and set aside for 30 minutes or overnight in the refrigerator.
- Add 4 cups of water, the sugar, and honey. Pour into a baking pan and freeze 1 to 2 hours.
- Using a fork, loosen the lemonade from the pan and return to the freezer for 20 minutes more.
- Scoop into the chilled bowl of a food processor and puree until smooth. Spoon among 4 tall glasses and serve.
20 January 2015
Category: Lumo Community