Three Diet Beverage Recipes

I get very bored just drinking water yet I hate to drink in loads of sugar and calories. Here are some great options from the Mayo Clinic for some yummy beverages!

Blackberry iced tea with cinnamon and ginger


6 cups water

12 blackberry herbal tea bags

8 3-inch-long cinnamon sticks

1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger

1 cup unsweetened cranberry juice

Sugar substitute, to taste

Ice cubes, crushed


In a large saucepan, heat water to just before boiling. Add tea bags, 2 of the cinnamon sticks and ginger. Remove from heat, cover and let steep for about 15 minutes.

Pass the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve, placed over a pitcher. Add the juice and sweetener to taste. Refrigerate until very cold.
To serve, fill 6 tall, chilled glasses with crushed ice. Pour the tea over the top of the ice and garnish with cinnamon sticks. Serve immediately.

Watermelon-cranberry agua fresca


2 1/2 pounds seedless watermelon, rind removed and diced (about 7 cups)

1 cup fruit-sweetened cranberry juice (sometimes called cranberry nectar)

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

1 lime, cut into 6 slices


Place the melon in a blender or food processor. Process until smooth. Pass the puree through a fine-mesh sieve placed over a bowl to eliminate the pulp and clarify the juice. Pour the juice into a large pitcher. Add the cranberry and lime juices and stir to combine. Refrigerate until very cold.

Pour into tall chilled glasses and garnish each with a fresh lime slice.

Iced espresso latte


2 cups brewed decaffeinated espresso coffee, cooled

2 tablespoons golden brown sugar

1 1/2 cups fat-free milk

2 tablespoons sugar-free almond syrup

Ice cubes

1 cup fat-free whipped topping

1 teaspoon ground espresso beans


In a pitcher, combine the espresso, brown sugar, milk and syrup. Stir to mix evenly. Refrigerate until cold.

Fill 4 glasses with ice cubes. Pour coffee over ice. Add 1/4 cup whipped topping to each drink and sprinkle with ground espresso beans.

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About Richele McFarlin

Richele is a Christian homeschooling mom to four children, writer and business owner. Her collegiate background is in educational psychology. Although it never prepared her for playing Candyland, grading science, chasing a toddler, doing laundry and making dinner at the same time.