This summer, instead of turning up that air conditioner, you can cool your body from the inside out with some refreshing summer drinks.
This is a drink I had on a trip to Jamaica. It’s incredibly refreshing and simple to make. Melons are a great source of vitamin C, and when you puree instead of juicing, you retain all of that healthy fiber. Here’s how to make your own melon puree:
1) Slice up a a honeydew melon or cantaloupe into chunks.
2) Blend until smooth, adding a bit of water to thin things out if necessary.
3) Chill your puree before serving for extra cooling benefits.
You could probably make this with watermelon or any other sweet melon.
Cucumber Mint Water
It might sound like a strange combination, but cold water with a couple of slices of cucumber and a sprig of mint is a delicious, cooling summer drink. You can serve this up one glass at a time or put together a whole pitcher to keep in the fridge. Here’s how to make an eight-serving batch of cucumber mint water:
1) Combine a half of a sliced cucumber and 1/2 cup of coarsely chopped mint in a 2000ml pitcher.
2) Top the pitcher off with 16 cups of water and chill until you’re ready to serve.
3) Bonus points if you grow your own mint or cucumbers to whip up this beverage!
A spicy drink might seem counter-intuitive when temperatures heat up, but spicy foods actually help your body regulate its temperature. This ginger cooler will do the trick nicely!
1) 1/4c chopped ginger
2) 1/2c chopped mint leaves
3) Juice of one lime
4) 6 cups sparking water
5) Sweetener of your choice, to taste
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and serve chilled. You can strain this drink, if you don’t like the texture of the ginger and mint bits, but I prefer mine whole.
Iced Green Tea with Lemon and Mint
This one needs you to boil the tea then cool it off.
1) 15 bags of organic green tea
2) 1 gallon (3.7L) of water
3) 1/2c whole fresh mint leaves
4) Juice of 2 lemons
5) Combine the tea bags, water, and mint in a clean, gallon-sized container and heat it up like half an hour, depending on how dark you like your tea.
6) Remove the tea bags and add the lemon juice and sweeten, if you like.
7) Chill and serve over ice.
You will need: 1 banana, 16 whole almonds, 1/4 cup rolled oats, 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal, 1 cup fresh blueberries, 1 cup raspberry yogurt, 1/4 cup concord grape juice, and 1 cup buttermilk
1) Peel the banana and cut into chunks. Chill in freezer until solid, about 2 hours.
2) Place the almonds, oats, and flaxseed meal into a blender; pulse until finely ground. Add the frozen banana, frozen blueberries, yogurt, grape juice, and buttermilk; puree until smooth.