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
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.