Friday, June 29, 2007

Refreshing Summertime Drink

I don't know about where you live, but it is HOT here! We are in the high nineties and are supposed to be in the hundreds all next week. I love hot weather myself, as long as it is the dry, arid heat we have here in southern Idaho. I can take the temperature but I can't take the humidity!

Anyway, I have been trying to get into a walking program this summer and I am up to 2 miles a day. For me 2 miles is phenomenal. I respond well to rewards, so each evening that I walk, I reward myself with this great refreshing drink. It is very crisp and thirst-quenching, and absolutely refreshing. It might be a little more refreshing to jump into a pool but since I don't have a pool - this drink has to do. But it is awesome and the best part is that it only has 10 calories and no carbs! Whoo hoo! And you can count it towards your total water intake each day. So here is what you do:

Here are the components. I prefer the key lime Clear American sparkling water that Walmart sells - it is a little sweeter - but this is what I had in my cupboard last night.

First you crush a mint leaf or two and put it in the glass. Mmmmm...smells so good.

Then add two heaping teaspoons of Splenda or a sweetener of your choice. You may want to adjust the amount depending on your sweetness level. Well, not your sweetness level,I mean the level of sweetness that you like.

Then add 2 tsps. of lime juice. A little more if you like the tart flavor like I do.

Stir this all up until the Splenda is dissolved in the juice. Then fill your cup about 3/4's full of crushed ice.

Fill to the brim with key lime flavored sparkeling water. Garnish with a lime slice, add a straw, sit back and enjoy! And I promise, you will want more than one. I hope you are able to enjoy one this weekend!

Tropical Breeze

mint leaf
2 heaping tsp. Splenda
2 tsp. Lime juice
crushed ice
key lime sparkeling water
lime slice

Crush mint leaf in bottom of glass. Add Splenda and lime juice. Stir until dissolved. Add crushed ice about 3/4's to top of glass. Add sparkeling water.
Garnish with a lime slice.
10 calories 0 carbs.


Julie Fink said...

Good for you for developing the good habit of walking!

Sharon said...

My sweetness level...hmmmmmm.....think I'll have to ask my family about that. ;)
What a good idea. And I am so proud of you for working up to two miles. And this from the woman who said she would diet but was not promising any exercise.
Good job girl!
The drink sounds great. I love mint--i have been putting it in my tea.

Terri @ In His Hands said...

That looks great! Thanks for sharing!

Susanne said...

Yummy! That mint in there sounds like a really nice addition!

Good for you for walking. I really need to get doing something.

Mishel said...

Yumm! This drink sounds wonderful! I will be trying this for sure! : ) We live in the desert, so it is hot, hot, hot here! I am the opposite of you though--I don't like the heat at all, even if it's dry like we have in the desert. I just sort of wilt in the summer! LOL

And congrats to you for getting up to 2 miles of walking! Good job!

pei girl said...

thank you Robin for the recipe I will sure make it if our weather ever get nice and hot I can't wait for warmer temperatures it has been very cool this way.congrats on the 2 miles way to go have an awesome weekend (hugs from the Island):0)

Mayhem And Miracles said...

Hi Robin,

Just here to catch up after a long week of working hard to end the madness of the past three years on our home. That drink would have REALLY come in handy to know! At least here, it's been rainy and NOT hot, but it will be...then I'll have to try this. Loved your last post too. Have you ever told the story of your fathers? I was amazed to hear you have been through so much with their passings. That to me just leant to your testimony of having such a calm hopeful spirit.

Becky said...

TWO MILES A DAY! Wow. Come quickly, you can walk with me now. I am soooooooo proud of you. I know how hard this part of it has been. And you are doing SO WELL. An inspiration even. To me. Oh, yes!