Thursty Thursday (Healthy Summer Drinks)
Hi there, friends!
This morning has been off to kind of a rough start. I’m about to go start my productive part of the day – including a workout hopefully – here after posting.
Today I want to talk about beverages. More specifically, my favorite healthy beverages that are especially delicious in the summer time.
Drink #1 – Iced green tea
I professed my newfound love for iced green tea last month by making it via this method. Green tea not only provides tons of antioxidants, but it’s a great way to get a little caffeine boost, without quite the amount of caffeine that coffee contains.
While reading through my Women’s Health mag (can you tell I’m a fitness mag junkie?) I quickly browsed through the recipes and "healthy cocktails" section, but this one really caught my eye for two reasons. One – it involved gin. While I mostly stick to wine or beer, gin is my liquor of choice. Secondly, it included green tea, which I already had a batch of my honey green tea made up in the fridge!
All I needed was some ice, and so I added 1 shot of gin, half a cup of honey green tea, and some ice, and a squeeze of lemon to top ‘er off.
Drink #2 – Beer???
Most often, after finishing a good strength workout, I follow it up with a healthy, muscle replenishing protein shake. It’s tasty and contains the appropriate amount of carbs to protein.
Yesterday after my workout (my afternoon leg workout, not my a.m. elliptical sesh, mind you ) I opted for another beverage of choice:
Yep, that’s right – beer! According to a study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, wheat beer could reduce post-race muscle inflammation and upper-respiratory-tract infection. Beer contains the same type of antioxidant properties as red wine, as well!
I think I like this study I’m sure glad I decided to thoroughly ready through my IDEAFit Journal where I read about it!
Drink #3 – Iced coffee
While I’m sure you’ve read over and over the controversy with coffee (is it healthy or is it unhealthy?) However, a recent study found that caffeine combined with exercise might cause DNA-damaged cells to randomly die.
Researchers at Rutgers University conducted a 14 day study with mice (and hamster wheels. and coffe) and found that drinking one to three cups of coffee combined with regular exercise lead to fewer skin cancer-related tumors.
Maybe I don’t need to stop at just one cup, afterall! Hey, this fair skinned-gal needs the cards stacked in her favor
Drink #4 – Water!
Can’t forget about good ol’ fashioned water! It’s important to get between 60-90 ounces of water, depending on your body weight and workout for the day. It’s also better to sip the water throughout the day, rather than chug a bottle when you remember. When sipping, you give the water a chance to make its way into the bloodstream, instead of just getting filtered out through the liver. In fact, if you find yourself going to the bathroom all the time, check to see if you’re sipping your water or chugging it…I’ll bet it’s the latter!
Drink #5 – Sparkling water
Sparkling water! I love all kinds and all flavors. The kind I drink the most is La Croix, because it’s usually the most accessible and the least expensive. My favorite flavors are lime and orange (the TJ’s pictured above is my absolute fave!)
I like to drink sparkling water toward the end of the day, when I’m sick of drinking plain old water (and I’m finished with my third bottle ) It’s tasty alone, but I also use it to make…
Drink # 6 – Wine spritzers!
Just pour in equal parts wine and soda water for a cold, refreshing summer drink. Plus – half the calories! I like to add a couple pieces of frozen fruit, like I did in this video to get it some extra flavor.
I love to keep a few bottles of coconut water in my fridge for especially hot and sweat runs or spin classes. Nothing quenches my thirst better! Coconut water is said to best mimic our actual plasma, thus replenishing our electrolytes most efficiently. Plus it’s pretty darn tasty
Ok…off to try and make this day productive. Here we go.
What, from the list above, is your favorite summer beverage?