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
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:
Recipes provided by Elaine Magee; Â© 2007
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.