Summer Sipping: Cold Treats for Hot Days
Red wine, smoothies, and iced treats are healthy summer drinks, especially when fruit is in the recipe.
Frozen Feels Good
All things frozen are welcome on hot, humid days.
Fruit slushes are nice. Just put ice cubes and fruit in a
blender or ice-shaving machine, Barrett explains. Virtually any fruit works:
watermelon, cantaloupe, lemons, or limes. As you blend, add sweetener
gradually. Taste frequently. You may find you don't need much sugar. Less is
Fruit juice Popsicles and ice cubes are also popular: Pour 100%
fruit juice into a fun-shaped Popsicle or ice cube mold. What could be
Or give that ice-cream maker a workout. Experiment with making
Improvise With Smoothies
Smoothies are a perfect all-around summer drink -- cold and
loaded with nutrients. What exactly is a smoothie? It's blended liquid
and fruit, explains Magee. The liquid base can be either milky or juicy; the
fruit can be fresh or frozen. Some people add protein to create a meal.
"I tell people, throw in fruit you've never tried
before," says Barrett. Papayas, mangos, kiwis, peaches, or cherries -- all
the berries -- work in smoothies. "Just try it," she says. "Throw
in some strawberries, too -- something you're familiar with."
At smoothie bars, sherbet, nonfat frozen yogurt, or low-fat
vanilla ice cream typically serves as the base, Magee tells WebMD. All of these
contain sugar, so there's no need to add any.
She advises using 1/2 cup of the base per serving.
"Otherwise, you're cranking up the sugar calories pretty fast," she
says. Regular yogurt is another option for a base. "It's creamy, but not
quite as good-tasting in a smoothie."
The base determines the smoothie's flavor. Light vanilla ice
cream is often her choice because calories are low -- about 110 -- and it
contains nearly 4 grams of fat. "You need some fat, so the smoothie is
satisfying, and a balance of nutrients, so it gets metabolized over time."
If you have diabetes, nonfat frozen yogurt with no sugar added is best, Magee
Chocolate syrup or cocoa is a nice touch. "If you want
health benefits -- without extra fat and sugar -- choose cocoa. Nonfat frozen
yogurt would work well with cocoa," Magee tells WebMD.