Summer is only a few weeks away, which means being mindful of how to keep adequately hydrated should be a top priority!
I understand that plain old water sometimes just doesn’t have the refreshment or taste factor we are after!
To help out, here I am sharing some summer drink alternatives with a bit more flavour and punch, sure to refresh.
Tea is often associated with warmth. However, tea can be equally, if not more, enjoyable cold during summer.
The key is in picking the right kind of teas and flavoursome additions!
Lets start with the base; black tea and green tea are two popular and versatile bases. Other options include:
- mint and peppermint
- most fruit tea such as raspberry, elderberry, peach, strawberry and pomegranate.
Rosehip is also a favourite of mine because rosehip is a natural source of Vitamin C, folate, Vitamin B3, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, magnesium, zinc and copper amongst others. Due to its high content of polyphenolic compounds rosehip has antioxidant effects in the body, helping to protect against oxidative stress.
I am also especially a fan of hibiscus because hibiscus is a source of anthocyanins, which exert antioxidant effects in the body, has been traditionally used to decrease body temperature and treat sore throats. More recently hibiscus has been studied for effects on high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Once the base tea has brewed and cooled, for extra flavour and nutrients, add fresh fruit such as blueberries, pomegranate, sliced peaches, left over fruit turned into a puree, orange, lemon, strawberries, watermelon and herbs such as mint or basil.
When serving, you can also add a dash of soda water or sparkling coconut water for some fizz!
I would be surprised if you haven’t heard of kombucha, a fermented tea usually served cold. Kombucha is a great regular soft drink substitute because, for the same sweet and fizzy taste, it contains less calories and sugar, while also offering live cultures (ie good bacteria).
When selecting a kombucha, aside from opting for an appealing flavour, look for a low sugar or naturally sweetened option. For example, sweetened with stevia or natural flavouring/juice.
Another good option if you want something a little bit sweet or try sparkling coconut water for a fizzy drink. If you aren’t a fan of plain coconut water, try using it as the base of a smoothie or add some fresh fruit and mint to sparkling coconut water for a refreshing drink.
Frappe’s are a fan favourite during summer, but are not all created equally! For healthier frappes that offer flavour and coolness try my ideas below.
In a high-speed blender combine 1 cup milk of choice, 1- 1.5 cups ice cubes, 1-2 shots of espresso and blend until smooth, add sweetener of choice before pouring into a glass.
For a green hit, try my
Coconut and Mint Green Frappe
1 cup coconut water
1 cup kale leaves, roughly chopped
½ cup mint leaves
½ cup cucumber, diced
1 tbsp. hemp seeds
½ cup ice
juice of 1 lime
Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
Pour into 2 glasses before serving.