Can you believe we are so close to the weekend already? Hello Summer!
As we enter into the warmer months, it is important to stay hydrated and what better way than with luscious drinks that also increase your beauty and radiance? Yeah, I thought you’d like that! Read on for a few of my current favorite indulgences
Infused Ice Cubes
Water is great in and of itself, but I find it’s much more fun to drink if it has a little personality.
Simply crush fruits of your choice and place them into old school ice trays (about 1/3 of the cube), then cover with water and freeze. Need an extra nutrient and skin hydrating boost? Use coconut water!
Some fruits to choose from and mix are:
- Cantaloupe melon
- Honeydew Melon
You can mix and match too. Have fun with it and get the kids involved!
Fruit Flavored Water Pitcher
OK, I keep this in a large glass pitcher right in my fridge. We can all dig into it any time we need something a little extra refreshing.
- 1 lemon, finely sliced
- 1 lime, finely sliced
- 1 cucumber, finely sliced
- A few mint sprigs
Place into pitcher then cover with pure water OR coconut water if you’re in the mood for more hydration.
TAZO Passion Iced Tea
You can totally get this at the Starbuck’s drive through for less than the coffees! PLUS, it’s packed with antioxidants for glowing skin. Another benefit is the hydration factor. Most of the time when we reach for caffeine, we really need water, or in this case, tea. Skip the sweetening syrup though, it will take fluids out of the body. You can also buy Tazo Iced Teas at your local grocer and make it by the pitcher.
Slimming Berry Smoothie
You know how you wash your berries and then they tend to start molding as soon as you bat your eyelashes? Yeah, embrace that they are in full season and at the peak of antioxidant perfection! Just don’t eat the mold . I place mine in freezer bags once I start to notice them moving into adolescence, then I can use them for a super slimming smoothie. Plus, I saved money by using the food I bought.
- 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt (for protein)
- 1 cup almond or coconut milk (I prefer the almond/coconut milk blend on the market now)
- 1 handful blueberries
- 1 handful blackberries
- 1 handful raspberries
- 2-3 large frozen strawberries
- A pinch of cinnamon
- Stevia to taste (you can opt out of this one and leave it plain. At their freshest, berries are very sweet)
You can have a 24 oz glass (whoa! That’s huge) for about 150 calories. Hello slimmer you! The health benefits of this smoothie are a better running digestive system, clearer skin and even a boost in metabolism. If you’re drinking it post workout feel free to add a banana for extra potassium.
I hope you enjoy your slimming sips this Summer! Get creative and make sure you stop by to share your recipes.
Have a healthy day!