As a kid, my favorite thing about summer was obviously the fact that there was no school. Going swimming and playing outdoors was fun, but not going to school? Couldn’t be beat. As an adult, I think my favorite thing about summer is the excuse to enjoy lots of cold, refreshing dishes. Salads. Fresh fruit. Cold soups. Maybe some dairy-free ice cream. And beverages. So, so many beverages. Green smoothies, agua frescas, infused water, teas of all kinds…. When temperatures are frequently above 100 degrees F, you need all the help you can get to stay cool. This week, this tasty Hibiscus Ginger Tea has been helping me out!
With just five ingredients including water and ice, this refreshment comes together with hardly any work at all. You can use more or less honey to taste or your sweetener of choice. You can also blend some with a banana and pineapple for a tasty fruit smoothie or pour it over shaved ice for a healthy slushie.
(Incidentally, my favorite thing about winter is a nice big mug of hot tea or cocoa, so I guess you could safely say my favorite thing about anything is the food. Probably not a surprise.)
Here are some more hydration-helpers you might enjoy this hot summer!
Keep your household clean, too!
I may make my living as a food blogger, but my health-consciousness actually began long before I started cooking. Growing up with a sensitive nose and skin that would break out into a rash at the slightest provocation, I’ve been making my own cosmetics and cleaning products since high school. I hoped that avoiding these environmental toxins would not only improve my health, but be better for the environment and save me some money compared to buying high-end non-toxic products at a health-foods store. Whatever your reasons, making your own household products is easier than you might think. My e-book A Clean Space has all the tips, tricks, and recipes you need to get started–and it’s only $6.99!