Sugar-Free Summer Drinks
Summertime means we’re reaching for something cold and refreshing to keep us hydrated. Sometimes that means grabbing a sports drink, soda or juice loaded with sugar. Sipping sugary drinks without moderation can lead to tooth decay, negatively affecting our overall health. They also don’t keep us as hydrated as we need to be in the heat.
Try these two recipes for easy summer party drinks that have the flavor without the added sugar:
Cucumber-Mint Infused Water
Add some flavor to your water by splashing in some cucumber and mint. Cucumbers have impressive health benefits, such as blood pressure regulation and can kill bacteria that causes bad breath. The popular herb mint helps with digestion and inflammation associated with headaches and migraines.
- 1/3-cup fresh mint leaves
- 1 cucumber
- 2 quarts of cold water
- Wash and carefully peel the skin from the cucumber.
- Slice into thin circles.
- Put the mint leaves into a pitcher. Use a wooden spoon to gently mash and stir to help release flavor.
- Add the cucumber slices and water.
- Stir and chill in refrigerator until cold. You can strain the water, pour into glasses or a reusable water bottle and serve as is.
Sugar-free Frozen Strawberry Lemonade
Strawberries are known to improve brain function and have a naturally sweet taste. This recipe combines those benefits with monk fruit sweetener, which has no calories and the approval of the Food and Drug Administration as a safe sugar alternative.
- 1 cup lemon juice
- 3 cups fresh strawberries (or you can use frozen strawberries with no sugar added)
- 2 cups cold water
- Granulated monk fruit sweetener to taste
- Wash and cut the tops from the strawberries. Place in blender.
- Add liquid ingredients to blender and blend.
- Add monk fruit sweetener to taste.
- Chill and serve.
*Updated June 2021