Here’s a list of some of the best drinks you can consume this summer. These drinks are delicious and have outstanding health benefits containing the best nutrients for your body in the summer heat.
1- Strawberry Banana Soy Smoothie
What You Need:
- 1 banana
- 6 large strawberries
- 1 cup of vanilla soy milk
- ½ cup of ice
Put the ingredients in a blender and mix it up!
This delicious super drink is great for you in so many different ways, here’s the low down on the ingredients. Bananas are full of potassium which not only helps regulate blood pressure but decreases the risk of stroke by 40%. Also potassium has been proven to reduce stress and increase strength. Bananas also contain high amounts of the vitamins C and B6. Strawberries rank 4 th in the competition of most antioxidant filled fruits. They are also high in fiber, vitamins C and K, whfoods.com is a great place for more strawberry facts. Last but not least soy milk is great for improving your blood lipid profile.
This means that soy milk prevents the transfer of cholesterol throughout your blood stream resulting in lower amounts of triglyceride and HDL (High Density Lipoproteins) in your blood stream, great news for someone with high cholesterol or a family history of coronary heart disease.
2- Fruit Infused Water
What you need:
- Fruit of your choice (I suggest lemons and ginger, or strawberries and mint)
Just put the fruit in the water with some ice and let the flavors infuse overnight.
Everyone knows that it’s important to keep hydrated in the summer and the best way to do that is with water. It’s great for your metabolism and overall health. Drinking water prevents headaches and keeps you going strong under the hot sun. Adding fruit to the mix pumps up the benefits of this drink, lemon is a great beauty ingredient that helps keep your skin beautiful and digestive system strong. Ginger is also a digestive aid; the benefits of fruit infused water differentiate depending on what you’re diffusing your water with.
3- Iced Chai Latte
What You Need
- 2 Percent Milk
- Oregon chai
Oregon chai can be found in the tea isle of any grocery store, all you do is mix half milk, half chai, and add ice to the mix.
Chai is only 78 calories per serving and has no trans-fats, when it breaks down in your body it is used as carbs, therefore a great source of energy to keep you going all day. Milk is also a great source of carbs/energy along with protein. It is also great for your hair and nails.
4- Iced Green Tea Lemonade
What You Need:
- Some Green Tea (I recommend TAZO brand)
- A Lemon
- One Tablespoon of Sugar
Steep the tea in boiling water until it’s the potency of your desire, then add the lemon juice and sugar, let cool in the fridge, add some ice, and voila! It’s the perfect summer refreshment.
Green tea is the key ingredient here; it’s filled with energy boosters and antioxidants to help your immune system flourish.
5- Mango Pineapple Smoothie
What You Need:
- One cup of frozen pineapple (pick up some organic cubed pineapple and freeze it, don’t go for the bagged stuff)
- Frozen mango
- One cup of Greek vanilla yogurt
- A splash of milk
- A half cup of ice
Just blend it all together into the perfect consistency for your enjoyment.
So the nutritional benefits of this drink almost matches up to the amazing taste. To start the antioxidants in mangos have been proven to help prevent cancers such as leukemia, colon and prostate. They also assist in keeping your skin clear, helping improve your eye sight and digestive system. If you want to know more mangos check out Care2.coms article 10 health benefits of mangos. Greek yogurt has enormous health benefits; high in calcium, protein and reduced sugar content compared to American yogurt.
Greek Yogurt also contains lactobacteria organisms these assist in preventing yeast infections, improving intestinal health and reducing diarrhea, want specifics? Visit Livestrong.com’s article about Greek Yogurt. Pineapple is also a super fruit, it is used to aid sore throats, and it regulates your glands to reduce thyroid enlargement. It is also an anti-inflammatory and is great for bronchitis. In some cases pineapple juice is used to eliminate intestinal worms.
Just go to your local store and ask if they carry it, all health stores do and I’ve even seen it in some grocery stores.
Kombucha has been around for thousands of years but just became popular in America. It’s a form of tea that has been fermented by a colony of bacteria and yeast. This drink is extremely beneficial to your body, it’s a detoxifier that is great for your liver, digestive system and even helps to prevent cancer. It is also high in probiotics, those are not only great for your digestive system but also help prevent symptoms of depression, fibromyalgia and other psychological disorders. To learn more about Kombucha I suggest food renegades article on Kombucha Health Benefits.
7- Fresh Fruit Juice
What You Need
- A Juicer
- Any fruit (apples, Oranges, Lemons, mango, pineapple)
So a healthy alternative to sugary factory made store juices is simple, just make your own. As we all know fruits are great for your body, if you invest in a juicer it will have its pay offs this summer, in every aspect of life. Making fruit juice and drinking it at home cuts down on plastic usage. Drinking real fruit juice is way better for your body than processed sugar juice drinks. And if you choose to buy local you will be supporting your local farmer by enjoying their delicious produce. Getting a juicer has its initial expenses but pays off in the long run, and ensures endless amounts of delicious summer fruit juice.
This article was written by Katie Parenteau, a health food expert and writer for KompareIt.com