Healthy & Refreshing Summer Coolers

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Today, I will be sharing with you not 1, not 2 but FOUR drinks that you can make for your self this summer! By switching up the ingrdients that I used, while keeping the recipe the same, you will have an endless array of options to keep you hydrated {without piling on sugar and preservatives}. I must admit that I am a tad bit obsessed with Mason jars and when I saw these chalk board ones from Urban Dazzle, I knew I just had to get them. For someone like me who is guilty of not drinking too much water even in the summer, these jars are perfect as I can get atleast 500-750 ml per serving! The trick is to not make a drink which has added sugar cause that defeats the purpose!

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1. The flat tummy Water Infuser

FullSizeRender_3As the name suggests, this is simply a glass of water which has been infused with flavours and ingrdients that are really benefial for you. You can sip on this all day and trust me- it does quench your thirst! At least with me, any sort of fresh fruit flavoured water is more for fun rather than actually statiating me, but this particular combination does both! Drink this through the day, workout, eat well and you will see your self shredding that extra tummy fat!

You will need:

Water (Depends on the size of the glass. My mason jar is 750ml)

1 tablespoon Grated Ginger 1 tbs,

Half a Cucumber Sliced,

1 lemon sliced

a few mint leaves

To prepare:

Add all the ingrdients to the water and let this drink stay in the fridge for a couple of hours! The longer you keep it in, the stronger the flavour. Later, you can strain the water and you’re ready to go! To be very honest, I don’t feel the need to strain the water since the ginger or cucumber doesn’t bother me! If these ingredients both excite you, you can use any berries and some lemon instead!

2. Pomegranate Iced Tea (59 calories)

FullSizeRender_1Iced tea and summer go hand in hand for me and I am always on the look out for new flavour combinations! Though pomegranate ice tea as a flavor wouldn’t come to me naturally and before trying this I would probably choose a classic lime or peach. However, this flavor has changed my life!!! YOU HAVE TO TRY IT! Who knew pomegranate can taste so good in tea tea?

You will need:

1. Water (I used 500 ml)

2. Fresh pomegranate juice of  1 cup pomegranates seeds.

3. 1 lemon thinly sliced (3-4 slices)

4.  1 tea bag (I used earl grey)

5. 1 tablespoon brown sugar/stevia/honey

To prepare:

Take a saucepan or kettle and boil water. Simultaneously,  take 1 full cup pomergrante and juice it. Once the water is boiled, add the water is a bowl/jar and immerse your tea bag. Let the tea brew for atleast a couple of minutes. Pour in the pomergranate juice, and the sweetner of your choice! If you’re using brown sugar, it will dissolve in the hot water, so dont worry! Take out the tea bag and pour this mixture pour a tall glass/mason jar that has ice filled at least half way through to immediately cool down the tea! Add 3-4 lemon/lime slices and you have freshly prepared guilt free iced tea!

3. Pressed watermelon and basil cooler (46 calories)

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Last summer I shared with you one of favorite salad recipes, AKA Watermelon, Feta cheese and Basil salad! Today however, we will be playing with similar flavour combinations and making one of the healthiest and most refreshing coolers of all time!

You will need:

1. One cup of Watermelon chunks

2. 3-4 basil leaves

3. 1 pinch Sea Salt/Himalyan Pink salt  (normal salt will also do),

4. ¼ teaspoon white wine vinegar

5. Water (I used 500ml)

To prepare:

Take water melon chunks in a large bowl and using a metal ladle or spoon press the watermelon to extract as much juice as possible. (The remaining pulp if any should be fairly dry.). Season the juice with sea salt and white wine vinegar, and strain through a fine-mesh sieve into the mason jar. Add chilled water and basil leaves.

4. Ginger Ale (72 calories)

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I absloutely love ginger ale but try not having too often since it has tons of preservates, soda and sugar! This guilt free method gives a similar flavour and is so much better for you since you know what exactly is going in the drink! It does make use of club soda but once in a while it doesnt hurt, right? The good part about this recipe is that you can make as much sugar syrup as you want and regridgate! Whenever you’re in the mood, simply add it into the soda one serving at a time and you’re done!

For the Syrup you will need: (For 6 servings)

1. 1/2 cup Brown sugar/sugar/stevia

2. 1/2 cup Chopped/Sliced ginger

For the soda: (1 serving)

3.  Lemon slices (3-4 per serving)

4. Club soda (1 glass per serving)

To prepare:

Combine the sugar, ginger, and water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes; strain through a fine sieve into a pitcher, and cool. Add the club soda and lemon slices. With each glass of soda, 2 tablespoons of the syrup works perfectly!

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If you try out any of these drinks, make sure to send me a picture on Instagram, Facebook or twitter and I may just repost it! Woooho :) Have a great week you all!