Last weekend, as it was my birthday, was a big departure from my overall healthy eating habits. For a little shindig, I made strawberry cupcakes with a shocking amount of butter (though I only had one myself), cheese straws (puff pastry, Gorgonzola and sesame seeds) and mojitos. Everyone was asking me how the minty-tasting mojitos didn’t have mint leaves floating at the top, getting stuck in your teeth. Instead of fighting the leaves in individual drinks, I made a mint syrup. These were a huge success!
If you are trying to eat healthier or watch your weight, such drinks are a rare luxury. Nonetheless, we all still want yummy drinks to keep refreshed as the days warm up. Water is grand, but it gets a bit boring. Personally, I rarely drink soda and I’ve given up drinking any alcohol during the week (I just love the taste of wheat beer a little too much). So what to do?
Often, I mix sparkling water (soda or tonic water) with fresh-squeezed orange, lemon or lime juice. This is a kind of healthy soda. Though I drink a cup or two of black tea in the mornings and sometimes after lunch, iced tea is also a great choice. Use herbal teas if you are trying to limit your caffeine or to drink later in the day (I sleep better when I drink no caffeine after the early afternoon). Sweeten with a bit of fruit juice, honey or agave nectar instead of sugar. Chamomile is especially good with honey. This is a great recipe for herbal iced tea.
What’s your favorite healthy drink?