3 Refreshing Beverages to Hydrate this Summer

It’s so hot in Memphis right now, and although I actually enjoy water, sometimes I want to switch it up. These 3 beverages are delicious and the perfect way to cool off this summer and get some good nutrients in. Hydration is very important to overall well being. Be mindful of how much water you are taking in. Try carrying a reusable water bottle with you to help with increased intake. These refreshing beverages are made in mason jars so you can literally grab it out of the fridge and take it with you.

First up is Rosemary and Lemon infused water.

Rosemary is a very sturdy herb and even the most inexperienced gardener can grow it. I have a pot full right now. Rosemary contains antioxidants and can help with digestion, brain health and improve circulation.

Lemon contains vitamin C. Consuming foods high in Vitamin C may reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

 

Rosemary Lemon Refresher

Ingredients: 

1 sliced lemon

4 sprigs fresh rosemary

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1/2 teaspoon agave (optional)

Water

Directions:

Add lemon and rosemary to 32 ounce mason jar. Fill with water and add apple cider vinegar and agave. Add lid, shake and refrigerate at least 2 hours.

Next is this tasty Watermelon Blueberry Green Tea.

Watermelon has a very high water content (hence the name) so it’s perfect for flavoring things. I found Blueberry Green Tea at a store and I decided to put watermelon in it since I had it on hand. So good! If you can’t find blueberry green tea, regular green tea will work fine.

Green Tea contains catechins that can protect against cell damage. Catechins also help lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Adding the watermelon to this adds natural sweetness to this beverage. There are even nutrients in the seeds which are edible. Trust me, you won’t grow a watermelon inside of you by eating the seeds!

 

Blueberry Watermelon Green Tea

Ingredients:

1 cup brewed blueberry green tea

6-7 medium watermelon cubes

1/4 cup fresh blueberries

Water

Directions:

Add watermelon cubes and blueberries to 32 ounce mason jar. Add green tea and fill jar with water. Add lid and refrigerate at least 2 hours.

The final beverage is my favorite, a Peach and Basil Refresher.

Peaches are stone fruits and contain various nutrients and compounds including Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Potassium, and carotenoids. These things provide a host of benefits to health including cancer prevention, bone health and heart health.

Basil is my favorite herb. I could eat it on anything! Basil contains antioxidants that help boost the immune system which in turn aids in prevention of a wide variety of illnesses.

Peach Basil Refresher

Ingredients:

2 peaches, sliced

6 medium sized basil leaves

water

1/2 teaspoon agave (optional)

Directions:

Add all ingredients to 32 ounce mason jar. Add lid, shake and refrigerate at least 2 hours.

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