Just Raw: Satisfying Summer Drinks

Say yes to fruit and no to sugar

The joys of summer are endless: sunshine, being outdoors, relaxing on sandy beaches, and biking along park trails. And what better way to cool off than with some healthy summer drinks?

Not so fast: just because you are drinking a sports drink or refreshing lemonade doesn’t mean it’s good for you. It could actually be loaded with sugar.

High-fructose corn syrup, juice concentrates, sucrose, and dextrose could all be found in your seemingly healthy water alternative. Companies like Snapple have flavored waters, but with the high sugar content, you could increase your weight by almost 15 pounds a year! And Country Time Lemonade uses citric acid to get that tart flavor, and yellow dye to give it the right color. Instead, go raw with your drinks and ditch the other stuff. Add natural ingredients to your concoctions instead of relying on mystery ingredients. In the end, your drinks will taste better and your body will feel better too.

To help you on your journey to a cleaner, healthier summer, here are three family-friendly recipes to enjoy this summer.


Grass Head Smoothie

1/2 banana

1 cup fresh orange juice

2 handfuls of spinach

1/2 ounce wheatgrass juice

4 teaspoons hemp seed

2 tablespoons ground flaxseed

Blend. Enjoy. Ice cubes optional.

Source: Kaitlin Jones of Living Whole Foods.


Ninja Grass Juice

4 stalks celery

1 red bell pepper

1 ounce wheatgrass juice

Salt to taste

Juice and stir well. Enjoy.

Source: Kaitlin Jones of Living Whole Foods.


Cranberry Lime Cocktail

1 cup frozen cranberries

2 - 2 1/2 cups water

Juice of 1 1/2 limes

2 teaspoons of agave (or other sweetener)

Blend ingredients. Up to 1/2 cup water may be added if desired. Enjoy.

Source: rawfoodsmadesimple.com.