|No, this is not an extra dirty martini. I just think drinks are more fun served in martini glasses.|
Why am I posting this, you ask? Well, for a few reasons. First, I want you to get excited for my future basil recipes. And second, I feel like spring and summer are the perfect time to start educating people about the importance of reducing added sugars, specifically in their beverages (after all, this study linked 180,000 global deaths on sugary drinks….WOWZA!). Many of us crave iced coffee beverages or colas when it gets hot outside, but instead of grabbing for something with sugar it’s a good idea to have a plan in mind to prevent you from drinking your sugar quota for the day, in one sitting (btw, the American Heart Association recommends no more than 24 grams of added sugar for women, and 36 grams for men, per day. Read more here and here). One of my favorite things to drink is a simple naturally flavored, 0 calorie seltzer water as a substitute to sweetened drinks or boring ice water.
Basil and Lemon Iced Beverage
Makes one serving
Splash of lemon/lime or plain soda water (optional)
Optional: Add a splash of soda water for some extra fizz and pizzazz!
|Some of the basil pieces floated to the top, but I sort of liked that texture in my drink. This was so refreshing.|
(to make soups, sauces, and to stuff with delicious foods)
(to make zuchini noodles, zucchini boats, and to grill on our gigantic outdoor grill)
(for bruschetta, caprese salads, summer salads, and salsas)
(let’s face it, basil makes everything taste better in the summer!)
|Oh yeah, did I mention we will also be growing corn and spaghetti squash? Yeah, Nick seems to think we live on a farm.|
QUESTION: Do you have any simple refreshing spring/summer drinks to share? Have you thought about your garden yet? What are you planting?