Try These Healthy Drink Recipes

Beat the summer heat with these healthy drink recipes that are both delicious and refreshing. Let's face it, plain,ordinary water can be boring, right?

Unfortunately, when the craving hits, we often reach for sodas, juices, or other prepared beverages that are filled with sugar, chemicals, food coloring, and a huge amount of empty calories.

Making your own tasty – and healthier – drinks can be easy. It only takes a few minutes to add a little pizzazz to that lack-luster water or to whip up a refreshing and impressive cocktail.

Cocktails (or Mocktails)

Strawberry-Coconut Daiquiri

Although strawberries are a popular option, this tasty treat can be made with any fruit, so make use of whatever happens to be in season! To help keep your cocktail cold, try freezing fresh fruit for 20-30 minutes ahead of time.

  • 2 ½ – 3 cups fresh or frozen strawberries (or peaches, watermelon, mango.....)
  • 2-3 Tablespoons coconut sugar, agave nectar, or sweetener of choice (may be adjusted for preference    and sweetness of fruit)
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 2-3 ice cubes
  • ¾ cup coconut flavored rum (optional)

**for a non-alcoholic version, substitute coconut water for the rum. Orange juice may also be used, but you will lose the coconut flavor.

  1. Combine the fruit, sugar, and lime juice in a blender or mixer.
  2. Add in the ice, rum, juice, or coconut water.
  3. Blend until well mixed.
  4. Pour into a pitcher and serve with a fresh strawberry or mint leaf as a garnish.

strawberry daquiri

Mango Mojito

  • 6-8 mint leaves, plus a few for garnish
  • 2 teaspoons agave nectar or honey (optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoons mango nectar
  • 4 oz club soda or sparkling water
  • 3-5 ice cubes
  • 1 ½ oz light rum (optional)
  1. Muddle the mint leaves, mango nectar and agave nectar or honey (if using) together in a tall glass.
  2. Squeeze in the  lime.
  3. Add ice and rum (if using)
  4. Fill the glass with club soda or sparkling water.
  5. Garnish with a lime wedge and/or a few sprigs of mint.

**ginger ale or lime soda may be used as well, but you may want to cut back on (or eliminate) the sweeteners.

** lemon can be used in place of lime. Or why not try a mixture of both?

Fruit Punch

  • 2- 2 ½  cups diced fresh fruit (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, oranges...)
  • 2 cups fruit juice or water (depending on sweetness of fruit chosen and personal preference)
  • 2 cups sparkling wine or cider
  • Ice cubes
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a  large pitcher.
  2. Serve in chilled glasses with a wedge of fresh fruit as a garnish.

fruit punch

Iced Teas

You can make a whole variety of iced teas by steeping and chilling your favorite kind. Everything from herbal to black,  green, rooibos, or white works. Or, get creative and try a mixture of different flavors. Simply add mint, ginger, honey, lemon, or fresh fruit to create a refreshing, antioxidant packed drink!

Chamomile Mint Iced Tea

  • 4 Chamomile tea bags
  • 8 Mint sprigs
  • 4 Cups hot water
  • ½ fresh squeezed lemon
  • 1 Cup unsweetened orange juice (optional)
  • Honey or coconut sugar to taste (optional)
  1. In a large pitcher, pour hot water over tea bags and let steep for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Remove tea bags and add other ingredients and chill.
  3. Serve over ice and garnish with a fresh lemon wedge and a few mint leaves.

Iced Ginger Tea

  • 4 ginger tea bags
  • 1 green tea or Rooibos tea bag
  • 5 cups hot water
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • honey or coconut sugar to taste (optional)
  • Frozen raspberries (optional)

  1. In a large pitcher, pour hot water over tea bags and let steep for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Remove tea bags and add lemon and sugar (if using)
  3. Chill in fridge.
  4. Place a few frozen raspberries and ice cubes in each glass.
  5. Fill with tea and serve.

**for an elegant touch, try freezing the raspberries inside the ice cubes.

Flavored Water

Why pay a fortune for flavored water when it is so easy to make your own? If you want a little more flair, simply add some sparkling water or club soda.

Cucumber-Mint Water

  • 10-15 thin cucumber slices
  • 8 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 gallon of water
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large pitcher.
  2. Let cool in fridge for 3-4 hours to allow the water to absorb the flavors.
  3. Serve over ice.
  4. Garnish with a mint leaf or cucumber slice if desired.

Fruit Flavored Water

  • 1-gallon water
  • 1-2 cups fresh fruit (citrus, berries, melons)
  1. Add fruit to water and let chill in the fridge for 2-3 hours.
  2. Serve over ice.

**experiment with flavor mixtures. Raspberry and lime, or strawberry and orange are both nice combinations.

Fruit and Herb Infused Water

Herbs are packed with a lot of nutrients and, believe it or not, some blend very tastefully with certain fruits. Try adding a few sprigs of rosemary to watermelon water. Yummy! Or, fresh basil (especially Holy Basil) and lemon water is especially delicious. Sage also blends quite nicely with blackberries or blueberries.

Fruity Coconut Milk Soda

  • 3 cups fresh berries
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2-3 Tablespoons coconut sugar or honey
  • Club soda or carbonated water
  • Ice Cubes
  1. Mash the fruit with the sugar. You may also blend in a food processor.
  2. Place a heaping tablespoon of fruit mixture in the bottom of each glass.
  3. Add about 1- 1 ½ oz coconut milk.
  4. Add ice cubes (as many as desired)
  5. Fill glass with club soda or sparkling water

**add a couple blueberries or a few slices of fresh strawberries if desired.

**sugar can be reduced or eliminated depending on personal preference and sweetness of fruit.

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