Cool Summer Drinks: Your Best Bets
6 refreshing ways to stay hydrated this summer.
Cool Summer Drink No. 3: Iced Green or Black Tea
Look for noncaffeinated versions if you drink tea throughout the day. Lots
of flavor options await you at most grocery stores and specialty markets. If
you insist on sweetening your tea, use the least amount of sweetener your
tastes will tolerate.
Cool Summer Drink No. 4: Iced Coffee
Millions of Starbucks customers have already figured out how to have their
coffee and stay cool, too -- iced coffee! The lowest-calorie way to go is to
drink it black, or add a splash or two of low- fat milk or a flavored, fat-free
creamer. And you can make it even healthier by choosing decaf.
The Iced Caffe Americano from Starbucks is espresso mixed with cold filtered
water and ice, and it has just 15 calories and 3 grams of carbohydrate. If you
go the iced latte route, Starbucks' tall Iced Caffe Latte with nonfat milk adds
up to 90 calories and 13 grams of carbohydrate (from the nonfat milk).
It's easy to make iced coffee at home, too. Just brew a batch of coffee in
the morning or the night before, chill it in the refrigerator, and it will be
ready to hit the ice by high noon.
Here's my simple method: To a large glass, add 1 1/4 cups iced coffee, 1/2
cup low-fat milk, and one packet Splenda Flavor Blends for Coffee, such as
hazelnut (about 1/2 teaspoon). Stir, then add at least 1 cup of ice cubes or
For an even more flavorful twist on iced coffee, see my Raspberry Mocha
Freeze recipe below.
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.