I have never really been a big drinker. Alcoholic drinks don't do much for me other than make my body bigger and make my pocketbook smaller. I really only enjoy the ultra sugary, icy, fruity drinks that don't taste much like alcohol at all.
We just celebrated July 4th and most people love to have another excuse to drink until they float away. I have a few favorite summertime treats that I really enjoy drinking. One is simple and obvious. The other is a little more unusual and decadent! However, they both do have something in common. They are healthy, tasty and refreshing! I am sitting here in the blazing sun, nearly having mirage images of these thirst-quenching drinks. As soon as I'm done writing this, I'm going to whip myself up one!
The first refreshing drink is making a big pitcher of iced green tea! I know it's obvious, but Dr. Oz recommends at least 2 cups of green tea a day, and nothing is more refreshing than a cold glass of green tea over ice! Green tea helps to ward off cancers and also may help reduce your cholesterol!
The second summer drink is a strawberry/watermelon cooler. I'm going to share the recipe. It is so great to drink if you need a pick-me-up or if you are having a party and want to impress all of your guests with a tasty, non-alcoholic, healthy drink! So, drink to your health!
Refreshing Strawberry/Melon Cooler
1 cup of strawberries
1 cup of watermelon (cut in cubes)
1 cup of ice
1 tbsp of agave nectar
1 can of your favorite brand of plain sparkling water
Fresh mint for looks and taste!
Blend all ingredients, except for sparkling water, in a blender. If you desire an extra chilly drink, put ice in your cup first. After you have a slushy mixture, pour and divide into 2 separate cups. Lastly, pour the sparkling water on top and give the drink a good stir. Put the mint sprig on top and you'll have it "made in the shade!" Enjoy!