6 Healthy Alternative Drinks

October 5, 2013

chia

Summer is on its way! ‘Tis the season for summertime beverages to quench our thirst. Along with those bevies comes high sugar – high calories and maybe some unwanted pounds?

 

Here are a few suggestions on low calorie bevies that don’t sacrifice on flavour or health:

 

Flavoured Water

This the easiest way to jazz up your water with some fruit, veggies and/or herbs. Here are a few variations to still or sparkling water:

 

~ Sliced strawberries with sprigs of mint, basil or cilantro

~ Sliced melon fruit

~ Lemon juice with sliced ginger

~ Orange slices with a couple of splashes of bitters

~ Slices of cucumber and lemon (detoxifying elements)

 

Kombucha, water or coconut Kefir

Ideally, this would be great if made at home. The digestive and probiotic benefits to both Kombucha and Kefir are ideal for the summer. You can find Kombucha in most grocery stores but make sure to buy the lowest in sugar.

 

Green Juice/Smoothie

The world is your oyster when it comes to smoothies and juices! And easy, highly nutritious version to get your kids to eat more greens and maybe your big kids:

 

Watermelon Mint Smoothie

Blend and enjoy!

2 cups organic watermelon
1 cups organic frozen strawberries
10  fresh mint leaves
1/2 of a lime
2-3 leaves of organic romaine lettuce or spinach
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1/4 cup filtered water

 

Coconut Water

High in electrolytes, low in calories and hydrating.  Cocounut water has been a hit for the past couple of years and it looks like it will continue to do so!

 

Iced Green Tea

Brew a large batch of your favourite green tea, add some lemon and sweetener (if required) and store in the fridge as needed. Green tea is rich in antioxidants which will help keep your skin youthful for the summer and helps increase your metabolism!

 

Lemon Lime Chia “Soda”

Don’t let the look or consistency freak you out! This drink is loaded with many health benefits:

 

– rich in Omega-3 fatty acid, fibre, protein, calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, and zinc.

– particularly with summer here, chia helps with hydration due to their ability to absorb up to 10 times their weight in water.

 

 

  • Recipe:
  • 2 cups filtered water or coconut water
  • 1.5 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tbsp of fresh lime juice
  • Sweetener, to taste

1. Add chia and water into a jar or glass and stir very well to combine.

2. Let sit for 10 minutes to allow the chia seeds to swell up. It is best to use in a jar with a lid so you can shake up.

3. Add lime and lemon juice and sweetener to taste. Shake well to combine and enjoy!

 

Don’t forget to slather on the sunscreen!