Drink Up!

These are some fun summer drinks that were shared in the summer issue of ME magazine! Check them out for your next BBQ or quick grab drink.

Blackberry Ginger Lemonade

what you need:

1 package low-calorie lemonade-flavored drink mix (try Crystal Light!)

1 (12oz) container blackberries (don’t forget to wash!)

1 2″ section of ginger root, finely grated

1 Tbsp. sugar

what to do:

Prepare lemonade mix according to package. In a pan over medium/low heat, combine blackberries, ginger, sugar, and 1/2 cup water; mash berries and summer until consistency is reduced, no more than 10 minutes. Cool Press through wire-mesh strainer into lemonade. Stir & Serve.

fun fact:

Ginger isn’t just a flavor booster; Dr. Howard Murad includes Hawaiian white ginger extract in the Refreshing Cleanser to help soften and smooth skin.

Apple Quinoa Smoothie

what you need:

1/2 c. uncooked quinoa

2 c. soy milk

2 c. unsweetened applesauce

2 Tbsp. brown sugar

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. vanilla extract

what to do:

In a saucepan, bring quinoa and 2 cups water to boil. Reduce to low heat, cover and simmer 15 minutes or until quinoa is tender. Drain, then return to pan with all other ingredients except vanilla and simmer 5 minutes. Pour into blender with vanilla, process until smooth.

Nutritional:

Yields 2 servings. 372 Calories per serving; 8.5 g. fiber; 11 g. protein; 68 g. carbohydrates; 150 mg. sodium and 6 g. fat

fun fact:

When stores post signs about the calorie content of sugary drinks, the likelihood of purchase dropped 40%. {WHAT?!  Makes you want to really check those labels first!}

Double Green Smoothie

what you need:

1.5 c. rice milk or soy milk

2 dried apricots

1 banana

1 c. chopped kale leaves

1 c. spinach leaves

1 c. frozen berries, unsweetened

what to do:

Combine in blender; blend until smooth.

Nutritional:

Yields 2 servings; 251 Calories; 8.5 g. fiber; 9.5 g. protein; 81 g. carbohydrates, 51.5 mg. sodium; and 0 g. fat

 

{ME magazine, summer 2012}

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s