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Cool Summer Drinks: Your Best Bets

6 refreshing ways to stay hydrated this summer.

Cool Summer Drink No. 5: Fruit Spritzer

Don't let the word, "spritzer" throw you. Basically, this is just a half-water, half-fruit juice mixture. The fruit juice adds flavor, some nutrients (including the electrolytes sodium and potassium), an appetizing color, and even a small amount of fiber if you use a nonfiltered fruit juice.

The best juices for spritzers, in my experience, are cranberry or pomegranate juice (100% natural), freshly squeezed orange juice, peach juice, and mango juice.

Make a spritzer by pouring 4 ounces (1/2 cup) of club soda, seltzer water, or mineral water with bubbles into a glass. Add 4 ounces (1/2 cup) of your desired fruit juice and stir in plenty of ice.

If you make this using fresh orange juice and club soda, an 8-ounce glass will total: 51 calories, 12 grams carbohydrate, 0.3 gram fiber, 25 mg sodium, 229 mg potassium, and 57 mg vitamin C.

Cool Summer Drink No. 6: Homemade Raspberry Mocha Freeze

WebMD Weight Loss Clinic members: Journal as 1/2 cup skim or 1% milk + 2 tsp cocoa mix, sweetened OR 1/2 cup skim or 1% milk + 2 tsp sugar or honey

One of the new drinks on the summer menu at a certain coffee chain is iced Raspberry Mocha. Here's an easy and light way to make it at home. Each serving contains 115 mg calcium.

1 cup strong or regular iced coffee -- depending on your preference (use decaf, if desired)

3/4 cup low-fat or skim milk or fat-free half-and-half

3/4 teaspoon raspberry extract

2 tablespoons chocolate syrup (reduced-sugar or sugar-free if desired)

2 cups crushed ice

Add all ingredients to blender and mix until blended and slushy.

Yield: 2 servings

Per serving (with regular chocolate syrup): 79 calories, 4 g protein, 15 g carbohydrate, 1 g fat, 0.7 g saturated fat, 4 mg cholesterol, 0.3 g fiber, 64 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 12%.

Recipes provided by Elaine Magee; © 2007 Elaine Magee.

Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, is the "Recipe Doctor" for the WebMD Weight Loss Clinic and the author of numerous books on nutrition and health. Her opinions and conclusions are her own.

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