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4 Naturally Flavored Beverages to Refresh You This Hot Summer

With all the heat during the hot summer months, it is extremely important that you stay well hydrated this time of year.  One of the questions I get asked a lot is what kinds of beverages can I drink that are good for me other than water? I have put together a list of 4 great refreshing options for you to try this summer.

If you are used to artificially sweetened beverages or sodas, tea, lemonades etc. with high sugar content you may not immediately like these at first. It takes time for your taste buds to appreciate the simplicity of naturally flavored beverages, but your body will thank you later for making the change.

4 Naturally Flavored Beverages I Recommend

1. Fruit And Herb Infused Water

These are not sweet waters so, again, you will be disappointed if that is what you are expecting. This is water with subtle flavors infused into it.  It simply spices up your dull and boring water into a refreshing and cleansing treat.These could not be easier to make and the options are endless.

All you need:

  • plain glass or mason jar
  • ice cubes
  • filtered water
  • muddler or wooden spoon for mashing fruit
  • your choice of any combination of fruit and herbs

What you need to do:

  • Cut and peel your rinsed fresh fruit and herbs
  • place in the bottom of your glass jar and mash with muddler or wooden spoon. Mash it just enough to squeeze some of the flavors out but do not pulverize them.
  • Place ice cubes on top
  • Pour filtered water in on top and stir with wooden spoon to mix well.
  • Enjoy immediately or store in the fridge to chill. The flavors will intensify if it is allowed to sit for a couple hours or more.

Here are some great combos to try:

  • Orange/Lime/Lemon
  • Raspberry Lime
  • Pineapple Mint
  • Blackberry Sage
  • Watermelon Rosemary

I absolutely love mine! It allows you to enjoy the southern tradition of drinking out of a mason jar on the go! Head on over to their website to purchase one for yourself.

2. Crushed Berry Spritzer

If you enjoy the refreshing sensation of carbonation in your drinks this one is for you. This is an excellent option to help wean yourself off a soda addiction if that is an issue for you. Sometimes there’s just something a little more thirst quenching to a carbonated beverage in the hot summer than a flat drink. This drink is just as simple to make as the infused fruit/herb water with just a few extra steps.

What you need:

  • plain glass or mason jar
  • Fizzy water (aka. Sparking water). Good brands to buy include the following in this picture below.

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The two on the left are popular however more pricy. The two on the right are widely available in stores and more affordable if you are going to be consuming this on a regular basis. Make sure to buy these plain and not one’s with artificial flavors or other chemicals such as aspartame. Here are the following things you will need..

  • ice cubes
  • your choice of any combination of fruit. I used blueberry and raspberry in the picture posted.
  • muddler or wooden spoon for mashing fruit

What you need to do:

  • rinse and wash fresh fruit of choice then place in the bottom of your glass jar
  • mash the fruit with your muddler or wooden spoon. This time mash it completely. This will result in bits of fruit floating around in your drink. If this bothers you, an alternative is to add 100% fruit juice to the sparkling water instead of fruit.
  • Once fruit is completely mashed, place ice cubes on top, pour sparkling water in, stir and enjoy!

3.  Coconut Water

Coconut water is extracted from young green coconuts that have not reached full maturity. It is one of the richest sources of natural electrolytes and can be used to prevent dehydration from strenuous exercise. It contains a significant amount of potassium, an important electrolyte our body needs. In fact, per serving it contains more potassium than any average sports drink as well as a banana. However, coconut water is lacking in sodium which is essential in refueling the muscles after strenuous exercise or lots of sweating. If using this as a natural post workout drink, make sure to add a pinch of good quality salt. Otherwise, just enjoy this drink plain as is, as a nice refreshing alternative to water!

4. Kombucha

If you don’t already know all the wonderful benefits of Kombucha you can read my previous blog post on it. In this post I also discuss how to make your own. If making it yourself is not your thing, then I would highly recommend you trying Booth’s Brew. It is by far my favorite kombucha I have ever bought! They set up every week at our local farmer’s market to sell their products. You can also find kombucha at nearly every grocery store now these days. For more info on the cost breakdown of making it your self vs. buying it head on over to read my blog post on that  here.

 

 

 


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