We all know how important it is to stay hydrated, especially in the upcoming heat of summer. But did you know that 75% of Americans fail to meet their daily water intake, regardless of the season?
Our bodies are composed of about 60% water, and it works like oil in a machine. Water is vital to every function in our bodies, from the nervous system to digestion. When we’re dehydrated, these functions begin to suffer!
One great way to stay hydrated is to make water more appealing, and a great way to do that is by adding in some flavor. A tasty kick will make you more likely to reach for that glass and drink – you won’t even need to think about it. Here are some of our favorite refreshing drink recipes for summer:
Grapefruit Berry Cocktail
Mix 2 packets of True Grapefruit with 8 oz of seltzer water. Add a couple of handfuls of frozen mixed berries. Serve with fresh mint!
Lavender Peach Lemonade
Combine 2 tablespoons of sugar with 2 tablespoons of boiling water in a glass jar with one sprig of fresh lavender (or 1 teaspoon of dried lavender). Stir well and let cool. Add the lavender simple syrup to 16 oz of water, along with 1 packet of True Lemon Peach Lemonade. Serve over ice.
Watermelon Aqua Fresca
Add 1 packet of True Watermelon Aqua Fresca to 10 oz of water or seltzer water. Garnish with a lime wedge, or even a slice of watermelon!
Raspberry Lemon Thyme Slushie
Add 2 packets of True Raspberry Lemonade to a blender with 16 oz of water and 7-8 ice cubes. Add 1 teaspoon of chopped fresh thyme and blend well. Serve with fresh raspberries as garnish.
Virgin True Lime Mojito
Place 10 fresh mint leaves in a glass jar, along with 4 packets of True Lime. Using the back of a spoon, muddle the mint leaves with the True Lime. Add mixture to 24 oz of club soda, then stir in 3 tablespoons of Agave Syrup. Top it off with a few scoops of ice, and garnish with mint leaves.
Thirsty for more recipes? Check out these refreshing water combinations!
[Credit: Ericson, John. “75% of Americans May Suffer from Chronic Dehydration, According to Doctors.” Medical Daily.]
[Credit: Nelson, Monica. “How to Drink More Water Each Day.” U.S. News & World Report.]