It doesn’t matter how much water I drink in the Summer, it’s never enough to quench my thirst. I made the mistake of going for a jog the other morning (big mistake), and by the time I got home, I had basically turned into a puddle. I guzzled nearly a gallon of water and, more than thirty minutes later, my face was still beet-red. By now, it’s your typical 100-degree piping-hot Summer in Dallas; as much as I love to jog outdoors, now is not the time or the place.
I’ve noticed ,though, that even when I’m sitting on my lazy tushy inside a nice, air-conditioned room, I still drink quite a bit more water in the Summer. I figure that’s probably true for most people. Our bodies just know that serious hydration is necessary to get through the scorching Summer months.
The truth is, sometimes drinking plain ‘ole water just doesn’t hit the spot. Sometimes I want something with flavor or sweetness, too. BUT, I don’t want to down soft drinks and sugar-laden sweet drinks like bottled lemonade either. According to WebMD, sodas and other sugary drinks are, in part, responsible for the prevalence of obesity in the U.S.. Many people–children included–take in between 1,000 to 2,000 calories a day from soft drinks alone. Moreover, studies have shown a link between sodas/sugary drinks and diabetes, heart disease, and tooth decay, too. Source. Not to mention, have you ever watched a penny dissolve inside a glass of coke? We did that experiment when I was in elementary school and it just terrifies me to think about what those drinks are doing to our insides if they can completely dissolve a penny.
So, to satisfy my urge to drink something other than water that won’t have damaging effects on my health, I turn to yummy, homemade flavored water. Honestly, it’s so easy to come up with delicious drinks that will satisfy us that we have no excuse. Below I’ve listed a couple of easy recipes that I think everyone will enjoy!
- 2 cups of cantaloupe (berries and other melons will work, too)
- 4-5 cups of filtered water
- 1/2 lime, juiced
- 1/4-1/2 tsp. powdered stevia
Place all of the ingredients in a blender and mix until fully combined. Serve immediately and enjoy!
*This is so sweet and delicious that you won’t miss your sugary-sweet drinks at all! With no added sugar (just the natural sugars from the fruit), this drink is also amazingly healthy so you can drink it guilt-free!
- filtered water
- 1/2 cucumber, cleaned and sliced thin
- 1/2 large lemon, cleaned and sliced thin
- 10-20 fresh mint leaves
- stevia, to taste (optional, and I don’t think it’s necessary)
Slice the cucumber and lemon and place them, along with the mint leaves, inside a large pitcher. Fill the pitcher with filtered water and allow the water to sit for at least a couple of hours in the fridge. Serve and enjoy!
*Oftentimes, spas will serve water with cucumber slices. That’s because cucumber has strong beautifying properties: it’s high in vitamins A, C, and B6. If you can, it’s best to buy organic cucumber and lemon since you will be placing them, skin-and-all, in the water.