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Five Healthy Refreshing Summer Drinks

Here we are in the middle of summer with some crazy heat and the chance of becoming dehydrated so easy to happen. Water can get boring to drink and the ingredients in other drinks for hydration can be questionable. So, here I have five healthy drinks for you to make to refresh and keep hydrated. 

First, we have an energizing breakfast smoothie. I know, but you love your coffee in the mornings right? Me too! However, coffee can actually have dehydrating effects and that caffeine crash just is not a pleasant experience. Also, if you factor in the potential added sugar along with the additives in some of the creamers out there if you don’t take your coffee black, it’s not all that great for you. But, with this smoothie you know exactly what is going in it because you’re making it homemade with ingredients you have in your home! Not only is it perfect for that morning energy, but it’s also perfect for summer with how refreshing and cool it is! 

Recipe: 
1 mango
1 banana
2 medium sized carrots, washed and peeled
1 inch fresh ginger, washed and remove bad spots
Half a lemon, peeled
Pinch of cayenne
1/4 cup raw cashews
1 date, pit removed
1+ cups water
1-2 ice cubes
Blend everything for about 30-60 seconds until smooth. Too thick? Add a half cup of water, blend 5-10 seconds. 

Second up is a cucumber watermelon smoothie. This right here is perfect for those of you that have kiddos at home, my daughter loves it! This is a fun way for them to keep hydrated instead of just drinking water because if they are anything like mine, they get so bored with plain drinks. Both cucumber and watermelon have high water content, making them a great team to combat dehydration. This smoothie is super easy to blend up, having only four ingredients and is also easy to double or triple or more for yourself, kiddos, or other guests! 

Recipe:
1 cup watermelon
1/2 cup cucumber
1/2 cup water
Few ice cubes (all about preference)
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until well combined.

Third is a homemade electrolyte drink. My interest peaked quite high when I discovered this online because I have health issues where it is hard for me to keep my electrolytes up and keeping hydrated. This is perfect to keep on hand for post workout and a plus is knowing all the ingredients! Yes, the drinks you can get in store are good and all but, additives, sugars, and and just some ingredients that can seem so questionable. I have found many recipes to making your own electrolyte drinks, but here is one that I have found is a fairly basic and simple base to add other flavors to! 

Recipe:
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1-1/2 to 2 cups water (personal preference on how flavorful you want it, you can also use coconut water)
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons honey
Put in a blender and blend until honey is dissolved. 
Add a few ice cubes when you pour a glass! 

Drink number four is a pineapple carrot turmeric smoothie. Thanks to the turmeric this smoothie has anti-inflammatory properties. That on top of all the amazing health benefits of the pineapple and carrots is a great choice for your health! Some things I have read say that this smoothie trio is supped to help with PMS symptoms. I’d love to find out if that is true or not, however I am pregnant and no women around me has a cycle. So, ladies, if you try this around your cycle time, let us know if it helped with any PMS symptoms at all! Honestly, when I stumbled upon this, I was just looking for a better way to get turmeric for my grandma to consume versus taking the supplements. 

Recipe: 
2 cups pineapple chunks
1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped
1 banana, peeled
1 cup vanilla almond milk (or milk of your choice)
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
4-6 ice cubes
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. 

Finally, the drink that I have found that has intrigued me the most and probably for the longest time, lavender lemonade. This drink intrigues me because it is supposed to help with anxiety and migraines. I suffer from anxiety and my mother suffers from both conditions. I’m not really skeptical about the whole helping combat anxiety due to the fact that I know lavender is very well known for the calming effects it has and I also use it quite frequently in my home. I’m hoping to talk my mom into trying this lemonade to see if it helps with her migraines at all. But, if all else fails, at least we have a refreshingly calming lemonade to drink on these stressful summer days! 

Recipe:
2-1/2 cups water
1 cup sugar or honey
1 tablespoon dried lavender
2-1/2 cups cold water
1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice 
Ice cubes
In a large saucepan, bring water and sugar (or honey) to a boil. Remove from heat and add lavender, cover and let stand one hour. Strain, discarding any lavender flowers. Stir in cold water and lemon juice. Serve over ice.

Citations: http://www.healthyaccesstofood.com/2018/08/22/how-to-make-lavender-lemonade-to-help-relieve-anxiety-and-headaches/
http://www.allthenourishingthings.com/cramp-busting-headache-healing-pms-smoothie/
http://www.yayforfood.com/recipes/tumeric-pineapple-carrot-smoothies
http://www.shelivesfree.com/2014/06/our-lavender-farm-daytrip-and-a-lavender-lemonade-recipe.html
http://www.flexitariannutrition.com/energizing-morning-smoothie/
http://www.snackinginsneakers.com/cucumber-watermelon-smoothie
http://www.everydayroots.com/homemade-energy-drink

By Jennie Menominee

Hi, I’m Jennie!
I live in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula!
I’m married and a mom to two little girls.
I attended Escoffier online baking and pastry arts for schooling. Food is life and I thoroughly enjoy cooking dinner and desserts for my family.
I’m an animal lover, though currently we only have one dog, a ten year old chihuahua.
I love where I live; I’m so close to the Great Lakes, in fact Huron is within walking distance to my house! I know there’s not much where I’m at, but it’s absolutely beautiful.
One day, I hope to have my own bakery in my hometown, it desperately needs it!

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