1. #HappySummr Blueberry Lemonade
When food and fitness blogger Brandi Koskie, her husband and daughter embarked on a family roadtrip last summer, a stop in Providence, RI, led them to tons of fresh, hand-picked blueberries. The result? Blueberry everything, including this blueberry lemonade. All you need to create your own #HappySummr (any time of year) are lemons, blueberries (duh), simple syrup and water. For the full recipe, head over to FitBloggin.com.
(Photo by Gina Eykemans)
2. Cucumber + Mint Limeade
Mocktails need not be boring. Gluten-free food blogger Gina Eykemans originally created this recipe for a fellow blogger’s virtual baby shower, but this mojito-like drink is perfect any time (post-workout refresher, anyone?). So pick up an English cucumber, some mint and a few limes from your local farmers market and get the full recipe at SoLetsHangOut.com.
(Photo by Caroline Potter)
3. Sugar-Free Blackberry Mojitos
Not only are these mojitos pretty and delicious, if you head over to nutritional counselor Caroline Potter’s blog, you’ll see they’ll give you a healthy dose of nutrition, too. “Blackberries are not only rich in antioxidants and fiber, but also are a high in tannins which help with digestion and reduce inflammation,” she writes. If you’re trying to cut calories or simply prefer a non-alcoholic drink, substitute the rum for more sparkling water. Get the full recipe on ColorfulEats.com, and while you’re there, check out all the other grain-, gluten- and refined sugar-free recipes.
(Photo by Cathy Flanagan)
4. Watermelon-Lime Juice
Sure, the watermelon-lime combo is wonderfully refreshing on a hot day, but the real kicker in this recipe is the basil. Throw four simple ingredients into a blender and serve (add a splash of vodka, if you’re feeling extra festive). Try one after your workout (sans alcohol, of course). A 2013 Spanish studyshowed promising evidence that watermelon might help reduce muscle soreness after a challenging workout. Check out AlaMain.net for the full recipe.
(Photo by Erin Indahl-Fink)
5. Raspberry-Mint Iced Tea
You know what’s even more refreshing than iced tea? Raspberry-mint iced tea. Fortunately, the hardest part of this recipe is steeping the tea. Food blogger Erin Indahl-Fink created this super-simple recipe as a reminiscence of her childhood growing up on a farm in South Dakota where her grandpa, mother and brothers were all avid iced-tea drinkers. Head over to DelightfulEMade.com for the entire recipe, her beautiful step-by-step photography and tips on tea shopping.
(Photo by Jenny Melrose)
6. Lavender Lemonade
When you have a recipe on your site named “Best EVER Lemonade Recipe” how could you ever improve it? Turns out, if you’re food blogger Jenny Melrose, you add lavender. Just add a few drops of lavender essential oil to her lemonade recipe and you’ll have its antioxidant power in a glass — not to mention a drink that smells good and is guaranteed to relax you. Both those recipes (and many more) can be found on her site, TheMelroseFamily.com.
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