Everyone loves a refreshing cold drink during on hot summer days, but many are packed with sugar and unhealthy ingredients. What are some alternatives to keep you hydrated and healthy? Below are some homemade options and some local options.
- Watermelon juice. Tip: add pomegranete to elevate it!
- Coconut water
- Iced tea. Who doesn’t like fresh iced tea? If you want a bit of sweetness, honey or agave is a good alternative vs. refined sugar.
- Directions: steep tea for cold water for 1-2 hours or 8-12 mins in hot water. Serve with ice. Tip: a french press does a great job for this and the flavours are much stronger.
- Make it a sparkler! Add sparkling water and fresh mint.
- New Sweet Northern Iced Tea
- Cucumber-mint Spritzer
- Strawberry Lemonade
- Reminder: Drink 8 cups of water daily! With the hot weather, it is extremely important to stay hydrated, especially if you are doing streneous activities.
- If ordering from a restaurant or cafe, ask if they have unsweetened or reduced sugar options. Places like Starbucks allow you to customize it. Aim for 50% or less sugar.
- Read labels and know what you are purchasing! Example: Jusu Bar (local) has cold pressed juices and other health foods that are 100% organic.
- Herbs/fruits that go great with drinks: thyme, mint, peaches, apricots, watermelon, lemon, lime, oranges. Experiment with your drinks!
- It’s okay to cheat some days! #Weekend. But keep an eye on much you intake though, especially alcohol. Health sources recommend not drinking more than 3 standard drinks/day if you’re a male OR 2 standard drinks/day if you’re a female.
- Adding fruit syrups can make your drink tastier but beware of how much sugar is in each TBSP. Before you buy, look at the ingredients and sugar content. Places like London Drugs sell ones for soda stream, but some have a lot of sugar. Local shops typically sell fruit syrups that tend to be more natural and organic (ie: Alberta Beer Exchange has great ones like passionfruit!)