Summertime means we’re reaching for something cold and refreshing more often to keep us hydrated. If that means grabbing a sports drink, soda, or juice loaded with sugar, it may be bad for your oral and overall health.
Sipping sugary drinks can lead to tooth decay, in addition to the other impacts to your health like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. They also don’t keep us as hydrated as we need to be in the heat.
Try these two recipes for easy summer drinks that keep the flavor without the added sugar:
Add some flash to your water pitcher by splashing in some cucumber and mint. Cucumbers have impressive health benefits, such as blood pressure regulation, and can kill bacteria that causes bad breath. The popular herb mint helps with digestion and inflammation associated with headaches and migraines.
Strawberries are known to improve brain function and have a naturally sweet taste. This recipe combines those benefits with monk fruit sweetener, which has no calories and the approval of the Food and Drug Administration as a safe sugar alternative.