There are many ways to cool off in the summer: splashing in the pool, going
to the movies, or drinking a cool beverage. While beverages such as sodas
and smoothies sound refreshing, they often have
high sugar contents and empty calories. This summer, take better care of your body
and make one of these five healthy sparkling drinks to help quench your
thirst on a hot day.
Green Tea and Ginger Spritzer
Green tea provides antioxidants and nutrients, such as amino acids, that help reduce
the risk of Alzheimer’s and some cancers. Ginger can also
improve digestion and reduce nausea, making this spritzer one of the healthiest.
Calories: 16 calories (with
Stevia); 272 (with raw honey)
Vitamins: Calcium, Potassium, Vitamins B, and Magnesium
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup raw organic honey (or stevia)
- 6 green tea bags
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
- 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 bottle of unflavored sparkling mineral water
- Combine water, honey or stevia, ginger, and grated lemon peel in a saucepan.
Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to a slow boil. Cook ten
minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat. Add the
green tea bags, cover, and allow to steep for another ten minutes. Stir occasionally.
- Remove tea bags; add lemon juice and stir. Pour into a container with a
lid and place in the refrigerator to chill.
- When cooled, pour about 1/2 cup into a glass of ice. Top with sparkling
water and serve.
Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade
Spice up your lemonade stand this summer with a sparkling strawberry lemonade.
Fresh fruit makes this drink feel like a treat, but with no added sugar,
you can enjoy it guilt-free.
Vitamins: Calcium, Vitamins A and C
- 8 lemons
- ½ pint strawberries
- 2 liters sparkling water
2 teaspoons liquid
- Cut 6 clean lemons in half; juice each half into large pitcher (straining
the seeds). Slice remaining 2 lemons in wheels, set aside.
- Clean and slice strawberries, set aside.
- Add sparking water and Stevia to lemon juice in pitcher. Stir well. Add
lemon and strawberry slices.
- Let mixture sit for 10-15 min. Add ice and serve.
Made with red tea, this fizzy drink can ease
asthma. Enjoy the flavor while boosting your immunity.
Vitamins: Iron, Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium, Vitamin C
- 1 cup water
- 1 red tea bag
- Seltzer water, to taste
- 1 lime
- Boil the water in a saucepan. Remove from heat and add red tea bag; let
steep until desired flavor and color is reached.
- Slice lime and set aside.
- Remove tea bag and pour tea over ice.
- Top with seltzer water and add lime slices to taste.
Keep your Vitamin C intake simple this summer with an Orange Spritzer.
With only two ingredients, you’ll be cooled off in minutes. Top
with mint for added healthy flavor.
Vitamins: Potassium, Calcium, Iron and Vitamins A and C
- 100% orange juice
- Sparkling water
- Optional: Ice, orange slices, mint
- Mix equal parts orange juice and sparkling water.
- Optional: pour over ice and garnish with mint or orange slices.
Chia seeds are nature’s best kept secret as they provide fiber and important
nutrients like protein, omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. When added
to your beverage, the chia seeds soften and form texture, developing into
a fizzy drink that will have all eyes on you.
Vitamins: Calcium, Iron, Vitamin C
- 2 cups water, seltzer, or coconut water
- 1.5 tbsp. chia seeds
- 1/2 tbsp. fresh lemon or lime juice
Sweetener, to taste
- Add chia and water into a jar and stir well. Let sit for 10 minutes to
allow the chia seeds to swell up. Add a lid to shake and break up the
clumps of chia.
- Add lime or lemon juice and sweetener to taste. Stir (or shake) well to combine.
Which one of these fizzy summer coolers will you make? Let us know in the
This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical
care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.