Summertime Hydration: Fruit-Infused Refreshers

My dearly beverage beloved, 

If I were to ask you to list the best parts of your past, present and future summer days, I’d venture to guess that you wouldn’t make it too far down the list without dreaming up “a cool & refreshing beverage.”

Cool drinks are necessary on these hot summer days to help regulate our body temperatures and keep us hydrated. A WIN for your tastebuds and your body! 

But here’s the thing, good ole’ ice water is great (and oh so necessary), but I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t find it a bit boring at times.

 

 

 

Lucky for you (and me!), I’ve crafted two specialty drinks to keep your summers hydrated and cool without a ton of added sugars that may leave you feeling even more thirsty and a bit sluggish in the long run. Using these recipes (and getting creative with some of your own!) is a great way to spice up your water intake this summer. Plus, you get a little fruit treat once you reach the bottom of each glass!

Find the recipes below, along with these few tips to keep your summer drink routine happy & healthy:

  • Start with water first–no matter the day or event!
  • Reserve sports drinks (i.e. Gatorade, Powerade) for highly-sweaty + prolonged (>60-90 minute) bouts of physical activity physical activity. On these occasions, your body can use the extra sugar (aka carbohydrate) boost and electrolytes! 
  • Smoothies. Yes, fruits and veggies are not only packed full of nutrients that your body loves, but they’re also mostly water!
    • This is completely personal choice, but I’m always one to recommend smoothies over juices. Why? Smoothies include the whole fruit instead of just the extracted juice from the fruit or veggie. Therefore, they contain more fiber which will not only help to keep you fuller for longer and promote healthy gut bacteria, but will also help to moderate your blood sugar response afterwards.

Yours chewly,

 

 

 

P.S. These drinks are extra fun if you grow your own herbs or have a generous friend with an herb garden. Special shoutout to my friend Laurie whose green thumb has kindly sponsored this post with her herbs!

Print Recipe
Summer Drinks...Without the Added Sugar
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Pineapple- Mint Infused Water
  • 1 ea. Pineapple core -Cubed
  • 1 oz. Fresh mint
  • 12 cups Water
Berry- Basil Infused Water
  • 1 cup Blackberries -Fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup Blueberries -Fresh or frozen
  • 1 oz. Fresh basil
  • 12 cups Water
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Pineapple- Mint Infused Water
  • 1 ea. Pineapple core -Cubed
  • 1 oz. Fresh mint
  • 12 cups Water
Berry- Basil Infused Water
  • 1 cup Blackberries -Fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup Blueberries -Fresh or frozen
  • 1 oz. Fresh basil
  • 12 cups Water
Instructions
Pineapple- Mint Infused Water
  1. Carefully cut away spiky exterior of pineapple and cube pineapple slices--save these for snacking at a later time. Save pineapple core.
  2. Cube pineapple core and place in a large, empty pitcher.
  3. Remove fresh mint leaves from stem and stack flat on top of one another. Once you have a neatly aligned stack, begin to roll the leaves into a long, rod-like shape.
  4. While rolled, thinly slice the stack of leaves--resulting in long, ribbon-like shreds. This technique is called a chiffonade.
  5. Place shredded mint into pitcher and fill with water. For best flavor, allow pitcher to sit for 3-4 hours before serving.
Berry- Basil Infused Water
  1. Place berries into an empty pitcher.
  2. Cut basil using the chiffonade technique as described above.
  3. Place basil in pitcher with berries and fill with water. For best flavor, allow pitcher to sit for 3-4 hours before serving.
Recipe Notes

If you plan to serve these drinks immediately, you may also make these with seltzer water for a little extra fizz! If allowed to sit for too long, however, seltzer water will go flat (and become not-so-yummy).



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