When the thermometer hits triple digits, do you automatically reach for a soda? The next time you’re tempted to drink a soda or for that matter an energy drink, read the label. You’ll see lots of added sugars, especially High Fructose Corn Syrup. Kid drinks, like Kool-Aid and powdered lemonade, are not any better. They’re loaded with sugars and artificial food colors and flavors.
A can of soda pop has about a ¼ cup of sugar. You might be surprised to learn how much sugar is in that that soda purchased at a gas station or a chain convenience store like 7-Eleven: a 64 ounces soda (Double Big Gulp) has 1 cup of sugar; 44 ounces of pop has ¾ cup of sugar, and 32 ounces (7 -11 Big Gulp) ½ cup.
Beat the heat with water. Your body loses over two quarts of water a day, in the heat, more. Nothing hydrates like water. Water is the best thirst quencher on the planet. For flavor, squirt a little lemon, lime or orange into the glass. Make it special with a wedge of citrus placed on the rim.
Homemade lemonade is always a hit with kids. You can eliminate sugar when you use Stevia or honey when you make it yourself.
Jan is sipping a frosty watermelon drink.
Process in a blender: 1 cup lemon juice (approximately 6 lemons), 1 cup water, ½ teaspoon Stevia extract (add more if you like it sweeter). Then pour the mixture into a 2 quart pitcher and fill it up with water and ice cubes. (If you don’t like Stevia, use a little honey. That’s a healthier alternative than sugar.)
Peppermint ice tea sweetened with Stevia is my favorite iced tea.
Coconut water mixed with a splash of fruit juice will not only quench your thirst, you will replace electrolytes.
Frosty Watermelon Drink: Process in a blender until liquefied: 2 cups watermelon chunks (discard rinds) and 1 teaspoon chopped mint leaves. Then add 1 cup ice cubes (more for a slushy). Optional: dash cinnamon or a splash of lemon juice. For more about watermelon, Click Here.
Fruit Spritzers are yummy and easy: combine equal parts carbonated water and one hundred percent fruit juice.
Fruit Smoothies are always refreshing. Process a cup of milk, one banana, and ½ cup of berries in a blender. For a shake, use a frozen banana. For a chocolate shake (one of my favorites) add 1 tablespoon unsweetened organic cocoa to 1 cup milk and a frozen banana.