In the warmer months, staying hydrated is absolutely essential, particularly if you are spending a lot of time outside or are very active (or both)! The sun and heat can zap your body, but keeping a nourishing drink with you while you are on the go is a great way to keep your energy levels up. Of course, you should always be drinking plenty of water, but sometimes you want something with more flavor. Here are some of the healthiest drinks out there to help you stay hydrated this summer.
This summer classic is a healthy way to stay hydrated this summer. It’s a great source of vitamin C and other nutrients, and it tastes incredibly fresh as well. Lemon is also great for your digestive system. For the healthiest lemonade, try making it yourself by combining freshly squeezed lemon juice, sparkling or flat water, and stevia or monk fruit for added sweetness. You can also switch things up by making limade, which has similar health benefits and is also very tasty. Another way to make your lemonade extra tasty is to add some fresh berries, cucumbers, and/or mint into the mix, which makes the flavor more complex.
An iced green tea tastes very refreshing during the summer, and it’s also great for your body. In particular, green tea is full of antioxidants, which can help protect your body against cancer and cellular damage. It even boosts your metabolic rate, which can help speed up your metabolism and assist with maintaining a healthy weight. There are many different flavors of green tea available, so if you want to switch up the flavor, look for a unique blend. Many coffee shops carry green tea options, so it’s very convenient to drink when you’re out and about.
Pomegranates are delicious and packed full of nutrients, and pomegranate juice is a unique and refreshing way to enjoy the flavor and quench your thirst. To make pomegranate juice, put the seeds in a blender to open them up. Then, take the remaining mixture and put it in a strainer, using a spoon or other device to push the juice out of the pomegranate seeds. Pomegranates have plenty of health benefits – they can help prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and other chronic conditions, and they keep you generally healthy by stimulating your digestive system and reducing inflammation.
If you want a drink that’s a little more substantial, smoothies will quench your thirst and satisfy your hunger at the same time. You can make your own smoothies at home, or order one out at your favorite health food shop, creating a quick and convenient way to get your daily dose of nutrients. Our favorite smoothie additions include vegan protein powder, spinach or powdered greens, nut milk, and frozen berries. There are so many different kinds of smoothie blends that taste great, so don’t be afraid to experiment with a variety of flavors. Tropical smoothies play up the summer fun, while green smoothies offer the perfect recovery post workout.