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Quick and Easy Summer Fruit and Drink Recipes

July 16, 2015
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“Summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ― Henry James

Finally, summer is in full swing. We practically live outside (when we are not working or sleeping!) now that the weather is delightful and there is no snow to shovel. As with winter when we need to stay warm, drive carefully, etc., there also are important guidelines we should follow to protect our health.

Of course, there is the well-known advice to protect your skin from the sun, but protecting your ‘insides’ is just as crucial. Staying hydrated is one of the many key recommendations for summer provided by the American Heart Association (AHA), especially before, during and after physical activity. AHA notes, “Keeping the body hydrated helps the heart more easily pump blood through the blood vessels to the muscles.” And remember, just sitting in the sun on a hot or humid day can also cause your body to need more fluids. 

While drinking plenty of water is always a good start, they also suggest other ways of keeping your body refreshed. Three fun and tasty ways AHA recommends are to make your own: 1) fruit pops, 2) fruit smoothies and 3) fruit-flavored water for a low-calorie variation on just plain old H2O.

We hope that you plan on staying well-hydrated this summer. In doing so, why not give these cool and refreshing SPLENDA® drink and pop recipes a try?

Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie Recipe
Not only refreshing, but also a great way to get the antioxidants your body needs each day

Ingredients:

  • 2 packets SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup 100% pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a blender. Process until smooth. Makes one serving.

Watermelon LemonadeWatermelon Lemonade Recipe
A summery blend of watermelon and lemon

Ingredients:

  • 7 cups cut-up watermelon, cubed and seeded
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated

Directions:
Process watermelon cubes in a food processor, in batches if necessary, until smooth. Press mixture through a sieve into a pitcher; discard solids. (You should have about 3 cups watermelon juice.)

Add the lemon juice and SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, stirring until SPLENDA® dissolves. Serve over ice. Serves 5.

Watermelon Raspberry Frozen Treats Recipe
These frozen treats are great for cooling off on a hot summer’s day, and are light and delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups watermelon, seeded and diced
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1/3 cup SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup

Directions:
Place all ingredients in blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Pour ingredients out of blender. Strain through a sieve into a small bowl, pressing firmly to extract as much of the liquid as possible. Discard pulp.

Pour extracted juice into ice pop molds and freeze at least 6 hours or overnight. Makes 8 pops.

Raspberry Lemon Tea PunchRaspberry Lemon Tea Punch Recipe
Raspberry iced tea is mixed with lemonade and fresh raspberries in this festive punch.

Ingredients:

  • 1 quart boiling water
  • 6 regular-size raspberry-flavored tea bags
  • 2 regular-size tea bags
  • 2/3 cup SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 quart soda water, chilled
  • 2 cups fresh or unsweetened frozen raspberries

Directions:
Pour boiling water over tea bags; steep 5 minutes. Remove tea bags from water, squeezing gently; stir in SPLENDA® Granulated Sweetener. Cover and chill 2 hours.

Stir in lemon juice, soda water, and raspberries. Serve over ice, if desired. Makes about 2 quarts (approx. 11 servings).

Sue Taylor is a consulting nutritionist with more than 35 years of experience. She is passionate about sharing her nutrition knowledge and fondness for good, healthy food. Sue will put relevant information in consumer terms and provide valuable perspective to clear up misinformation and confusion about nutrition and food safety.

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July 16, 2015  |  POSTED BY: Sue Taylor, MS  |  IN: Cooking & Baking

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