Tasty Thursday: Refreshing Beverages

I shudder at the fact that we are still in March and this amazing weather is probably not going to stay around for very long. I mean granted, it will come back in a few weeks, but I don't want the cold weather to come back! Being outside and soaking in the rays generally makes me thirsty and wanting something nice and refreshing. If I'm playing sports, I'll probably drink a Gatorade, but if I am sitting and enjoying myself, I like to switch up my drink of choice. Of course, water is probably the best thing you could drink while being outside, but it's also okay to drink other cold beverages to quench your thirst. Here are a few that I enjoy drinking on those amazingly pleasant days.

Bubbly fruit concoction (spritzer?)

I don't know what to call it, and I'm sure it has a name, but rather then going and buying sugary soda, I enjoy buying some fresh fruits (oranges, grapefruit, anything with lots of juice) and squeezing the juice into some plain seltzer water. Not only is it low in calories, it's a nice thirst quencher for the warm days outside.

Sun Tea

Some people like to buy instant iced tea and stir in a little water. I prefer making slow brewed iced tea myself. It's fresher, tastier and super easy to make. All you need to do is get a clear container (I prefer a big glass jar), and add water. After the water is added, place 6-7 tea bags into your jar and set it outside for the afternoon. The heat from the sun will warm the water and help brew the tea. At the end of the afternoon, remove the tea bags and put the jar in the fridge to cool down. By the next time tomorrow, you'll have some super tasty iced team. Add a lemon wedge and you've made a refreshing drink for a hot day.

Fruit Smoothie

Now, I realize that some smoothies have dairy in them and slugging down some milk may not seem like a wonderful idea on a hot day (milk was a bad choice). Nevertheless, a fruit smoothie is tasty, healthy and a great way to enjoy the sunlight on a warm day. I like to keep my smoothies simple. I'll add frozen fruit that I bought fresh (that's the key), add some nonfat Greek yogurt (I use vanilla) and some kind of fruit juice to make sure it blends to the right consistency. Generally I use orange or grapefruit. Throw all of the goodies in the blender and grind, liquefy, stir, mix...whatever setting you have on that bad boy, until you reach a smooth consistency. Delicious? Yes. Healthy? Yes. Awesome? Yes!

While I'm sure there are many other refreshing beverages that people drink, these are the ones that I generally turn to in times of thirst. Water absolutely comes first, but after you've hydrated with some H2O, try some of these tasty alternatives!

What is your favorite refreshing beverage?

Seth P.