Summer is here and hitting some parts of the country with a vengeance. To stay cool and hydrated, you can create some delicious and nutritious cold drinks.
Make your own simple syrups to mix into your drinks. Using sugar, agave nectar or stevia, you can make an herb-infused simple syrup. Mix this simple syrup with tea, club soda or juice. Grenadine is pomegranate simple syrup, which you can also make at home.
To get the fiber from your fruit and vegetables, make easy smoothies in your blender. Combine fruit and/or vegetables, ice and water.
Add veggies to your bloody marys. Get even more health benefit by using pickled vegetables as garnish. Use fresh frozen fruit or flavored ice cubes in your drinks.
You can add alcohol to any of these drinks for a little kick. Keep an eye on your calorie intake from booze. Have a glass of water between your cocktails. Vodka and gin have the least calories and pack the most punch. Tonic has as many calories as regular soda, so try sparkling water as a substitute.
Listen in as Dr. Felicia Stoler shares tips for healthy cocktails and mocktails to keep you cool this summer.