Healthy Summer Juice-Ade Recipes

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By Joanne Beccarelli

Summer is right around the corner – the perfect time to sip on a few cold, exotic drinks! And why not make those drinks double as healthy juices and tasty bases for other beverages?

Created with simplicity, fun and health in mind, these yummy drinks will deliver for kids and adults alike.

Here Are 2 Delicious Juice-Ade’s To Try This Summer, Or Anytime!

Wet ‘n Wild

With almost 92% water content, watermelon is the perfect drink to quench thirst and deliver sweetness without added sugar. Plus, despite popular belief, watermelon is a powerhouse of nutrition, providing vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. By adding in some lemon, a legitimate “ade” is born and finishing with jalapeno, provides an added kick and character.

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What’s in watermelon besides water and sugar?

Vitamins A*, C*, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, B6, folate, pantothenic acid, choline, betaine, the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium*, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium and more of the antioxidant lycopene than any other fruit or vegetable!

What’s in lemon?

Vitamins A, C*, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, B6, pantothenic acid and the minerals calcium*, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and copper*.

Potential health benefits from drinking Wet ‘n Wild:

Wet & Wild
 
Recipe type: Juice
Serves: 32 ounces without ice
Ingredients
  • ⅓-½ watermelon (including rind if organic)
  • 2 lemons (optional to include peel if organic)
  • jalapeno slices (float the slice, don’t juice it!) OR dash of cayenne
Instructions
  1. Wash the watermelon and lemons. If organic, the rind and skin can be juiced. If non-organic cut just the outer layer off.
  2. Process through juicer or if you do not have a juicer, process in a high-powered blender and strain through a nut milk bag.

Also try these variations:

  • Straight Up: Over ice, float 1 thin slice of fresh jalapeno on top.
  • Bubbly: Serve over ice with a little sparkling water, add jalapeno slice.
  • Iced Tea Enhancer: Combine 50-50 with cold tea, add jalapeno slice.
  • Flavored Spritzer: Combine 50-50 with white wine, add jalapeno slice.
  • Cooler Into Cocktail: Over ice with 1 shot vodka, jalapeno slice and small watermelon wedge.

Cleansing-Cuke

Being high in water content (95%) and mild in flavor, cucumbers are a great vegetable to use in drinks (actually, they’re really a fruit from the melon family, shhh!). Cucumber is often a go-to base in making fresh juices because it provides lots of volume, but also because it has an abundance of vitamins and cleansing properties. Being low in sugars, this “ade” is a perfect choice for anyone concerned about blood sugar levels.

What’s in cucumber?

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Vitamins A, C, K, thiamin, riboflavin, B6, folate, pantothenic acid, and the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper and manganese.

What’s in lemon?

Vitamins A, C*, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, B6, pantothenic acid, and the minerals calcium*, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and copper*.

Potential health benefits from drinking Cleansing-Cuke:

Cleansing-Ade
 
Recipe type: Juice
Serves: 32 ounces without ice
Ingredients
  • 4 large cucumber (unpeeled if organic)
  • 2-4 lemons, depending on the tartness level you like (optional to include peel if organic)
Instructions
  1. Wash the cucumber and lemons.
  2. Prep into slices that will fit through your juicer.
  3. Process through juicer or if you do not have a juicer, process in a high-powered blender and strain through a nut milk bag.

Also try these variations:

  • Straight Up: Over ice, garnish with cucumber and lemon slices.
  • Bubbly: Serve over ice with a little seltzer.
  • Iced Tea Enhancer: Combine 50-50 with cold green tea, add cucumber and lemon slices.
  • Flavored Spritzer: Combine 50-50 with prosecco, add cucumber and lemon slices.
  • Cooler Into Cocktail: Over ice with 1 shot gin, add cucumber and lemon slices.
  • Herbal Enhancers: A sprig of dill, mint leaves.

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Joanne Beccarelli

Holistic Health Coach, Juicing Junkie and Writer at GLAD for Health
Joanne Beccarelli is a holistic health coach, juicing junkie, writer, soon to be cookbook author and recovered emotional eater. Inspired by many great voices in the health-thru-food revolution, Joanne found her way out of hiding in shame (losing almost 100 lbs in the process) and stepped away from the corporate world. She now dedicates every day to helping others who are overwhelmed, overworked, and overstressed, find awareness, fulfilment and better health.

Joanne has a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from eCornell/T. Colin Campbell Foundation, and became a Certified Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She is also a member of American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP), and the International Association of Health Coaches (IAHC).
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