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Independence Day : Fun Drinks : Diet Friendly

Independence day can be a diet night mare for most. I know for me the biggest challenge is drinking! 1 beer leads to 2 beers and eating way to much food! If I get any sort of buzz, I end up EATING ALLL OF THE FOODS IN THE AREAS HAHAH! So I have searched high and low for some really fun and easy low calorie, low sugar, non alcoholic drinks to enjoy while enjoying your holiday!

 

CILANTRO AND CITRUST WATER!

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Virgin Mojito

I love this one with sparkling water rather than sprite!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 bag frozen mixed berries
  • 1 2 Liter Lemon-Lime soda
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 4 fresh strawberries
  • 4 paper straws

Directions:

Pour frozen fruit evenly into 4 glasses.

Add 2-3 ice cubes, and pour lemon-lime soda into each glass.

Stir each glass using a knife to mix the fruit throughout the drink. Slice strawberries and place on side of each glass. Enjoy!

 

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To make Grapefruit Rosemary Detox Water– Add half of a grapefruit and several sprigs of rosemary (I only added a couple of small sprigs the first time and couldn’t really taste the rosemary- so be sure to be generous with the rosemary) to the bottom of a pitcher. Let sit over night. Drink the next day.

Cheers friends! And, this probably goes without saying, but if you’ve tried some other fabulous citrus/herb water combination, send it my way. With all of these new flavored water ideas, maybe I will actually stay hydrated this summer?

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Ingredients
  • 5 cups ice
  • ¾ cup Lite Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut (found in the alcoholic mixers aisle at the grocery store)
  • 4-6 Tbsp frozen Limeade concentrate (more or less depending on desired level of tartness)
  • 3 Tbsp water

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Cherry Limeade (adapted from allrecipes.com)

1-12 oz can frozen limeade concentrate

1-2 liter bottle lemon lime soda

1/2 jar maraschino cherries (10 ounce) drained and juice reserved

1 lime

Pour can of frozen concentrated limeade into a large pitcher.  Mix with the lemon-lime soda.  Stir in reserved cherry juice.  Squeeze juice from lime into mixture, then slice and set aside.  Stir well and serve over ice.  Garnish with cherries and lime slices.                 So Refreshing!!!

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NATURALLY SWEETENED WATERMELON RASPBERRY LEMONADE RECIPE

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes

Serving Size: Serves 6 to 8

Ingredients

  • 2 lb/ 900g seedless watermelon, cubed (from about a small melon)
  • 1 cup/140g fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup/ 240ml freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 8 lemons)
  • 1 cup/240ml coconut water or filtered water (if using plain water you may want to add a little extra liquid sweetener like honey to taste if you like your lemonade on the sweeter side)
  • A pinch of sea salt or Himalayan salt (optional)
  • Crushed ice for serving
  • Slices of watermelon, raspberries and lemon wedges for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a high speed blender or food processor, purée the watermelon, raspberries and lemon juice in until smooth. (You may need to do this in batches depending on the size of your blender or processor.)
  2. Press through a fine mesh filter to strain and transfer to a large pitcher. Add the coconut water (or plain water if using) and stir to combine.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours to chill.
  4. Pour over ice in glasses, top up with a little sparkling water for a fizzy version or a shot of vodka for a cocktail version.
  5. Finish each glass with a pinch of salt and garnish with slices of watermelon, raspberries or lemon wedges if desired and serve.

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Ingredients:

Small Seedless Watermelon
1 liter Lemon Lime Soda
12 oz Concentrated Limeade
3-5 fresh Mint leaves

Directions:
Juice 1/2 watermelon (24 oz) in a juicer, remove rhine before juicing.
Add limeade concentrate and soda.
Mix well until concentrate is dissolved.
Add mint leaves and let chill for at least 1 hr. (24 hours is even better)

Options: Frozen Virgin Watermelon Mojito Place in blender watermelon juice, limeade, mint, 1 cup of water and 2 cup ice. Blend and Serve.

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