Healthy Drinks for the Summer
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Hello Healthy Geeks!
I hope you all are having a great summer and are staying cool and hydrated! We all know that we are supposed to drink water each day, but do you know how much you need to maintain proper hydration? To calculate what your water intake should be all you need to do it take your body weight, divide that by 2, and that’s the number of ounces you should be drinking each day. Water can be SO boring sometimes, so I wanted to post some recipes on flavored waters
Why drink water?
- Weight loss and /or maintaining weight: Water is a great way to boost your metabolism. It will help you to stay away from other drinks that you may be ingesting during the day. A lot of the time we think we are hungry when in fact our body is just craving hydration.
- A Healthy heart: A study, from 2002, in the Medical Journal of Epidemiology showed that there was an increase in the risk for coronary heart disease in people in those who drank less than 3-5 glasses of water a day.
- Increase of energy levels: Feeling fatigued during the day may be the cause of mild dehydration.
- Healthy all over: Water flushes your system of harmful bacterias and toxins that can cause disease.
- Skin: As a result of flushing out your system, water can clean up your face too! It will also keep you hydrated which in turn keeps your skin looking fresh and clear.
These are just a few of the MANY reasons we should be drinking enough water each day. Please do google some reasons for drinking water and you will find a plethora of articles on the subject. Now that we have covered that let’s move onto our recipes!
Cucumber and mint water:
- 1 Gallon of Water
- 2 trays of ice to cool your water (optional)
- 1/2 medium cucumber cut into slices
- 4-6 Mint leaves (depending on how much mint you like. The mint can also be totally omitted if you are not a fan of mint.)
Combine all ingredients into a large jug or a gallon water container and let sit for approximately 3 hours. This can be served cold or at room temperature.
Serves: 16 (8 oz glasses)
- 5-10 Large Strawberries (depending on your taste buds )
- 1-2 Whole lemons Sliced (depending on your taste buds )
- Bay Leaves for aesthetics
- Teavana Stawberry Lemonade Tea (Teavana) (Amazon)
Boil 2 quarts of water and let the tea steep for about 3 minutes. You don’t need to boil it any longer seeing as you will be adding in more fresh fruit. Slice the strawberries and lemons and place in to pitcher and chill for about 3 hours Add Ice and serve!
Serves: 8 (8 oz glasses)(Reblogged from fruitinfusedwater)
- 2 cups of seedless watermelon, cubed
- Ten to 12 basil leaves
- 1 Gallon of water
Add the fruit to your water, chill for 3 hours and serve chilled or room temperature.(reblogged from healthy steps)
Serves: 16 (8 oz glasses)
- 2 kiwis (ripe, peeled and coarsely chopped)
- 1 lime juice
- 4 tbsps agave nectar
- seltzer water (cold, club soda)
Add the fruit to your water, chill for 3 hours and serve.(Reblogged from Yummly)
Peaches and cream:
- 3 Peach slices (very ripe)
- 1 Vanilla bean, sliced down center.
- 1 Gallon water
Add the fruit and vanilla bean to your water, chill for 3 hours and serve.(Reblogged from preppypinkcrocodile)
If you don’t like idea of having fruit floating in your water you may want to think about purchasing a water infuser that you can buy for $20 0r less from (Amazon).
I hope this article helps you on your quest to be healthy! If you have anymore recipes to share, please leave them in the comments!
Stay happy and healthy!
PS: Remember that the longer your water sits the more flavorful and yummy it will be!