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With some of the hottest days of summer upon us, it’s important to stay cool and hydrated and drink plenty of fluids. Rather than grabbing for that soda or sweet tea, you can cut the calories and lower your sugar intake by drinking water or unsweetened drinks.

But when plain old H2O won’t cut it, sparkling water is a great alternative! By adding fresh fruit, veggies or herbs to your favorite sparkling water, you’ll add a burst of flavor and nutrition!

To get you started and quench your thirst, we’ve compiled some of our summertime favorites:

Watermelon Grape Fizz

Makes 1 Drink

  • 1 cup locally grown seedless watermelon puree
  • ¼ cup 100% grape juice
  • ¾ cup Meijer plain sparkling water
  • Ice cubes
  1. Mix together watermelon puree and grape juice in a glass.
  2. Add the sparkling water and ice.

Source: Adapted from National Watermelon Board www.watermelon.org

Fun in the Sun

Makes 1 Drink

  • ½ can LaCroix lemon sparkling water
  • ½ can of LaCroix coconut sparkling water
  • 1 oz. 100% pineapple juice
  1. Mix lemon and coconut sparkling water; add pineapple juice.

Source: www.lacroixwater.com

Strawberry, Cucumber & Mint Cooler

Makes 8 Drinks

  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup sliced locally grown cucumbers
  • 2 limes, sliced
  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves
  • Ice cubes
  • 2 liters Meijer plain sparkling water
  1. In a pitcher, layer the strawberries, cucumbers, limes, and mint leaves with ice cubes.
  2. Fill pitcher with sparkling water. Let chill for 10 minutes.

“Sans” Gria

Makes 1 Drink

  • 4 strawberries, hulled & sliced
  • ½ lemon
  • 1 green apple, cubed
  • 1 red apple, cubed
  • 1 peach, cubed
  • ice cubes
  • 1 (12 oz.) can strawberry passion fruit sparkling water
  1. Combine the strawberries in a glass with freshly squeezed juice of the lemon. Lightly muddle.
  2. Add apples and peaches. Combine with ice and top with sparkling water.

Source: Adapted from www.lacroixwater.com

Pom Sparkler

Makes 1 Drink

  • ½ cup POM Wonderful 100% pomegranate juice
  • 4-5 mint leaves
  • 12 oz. or ¾ cup Meijer pomegranate sparkling water
  • Raspberries for garnish
  1. Blend juice with mint leaves
  2. Fill glass with pomegranate-mint mixture and top with sparkling water. Garnish with raspberries

Source: Chef Maribel Alchin, MBA, RD, LDN, Meijer Healthy Living Advisor

Cucumber Refresher Mocktail

Makes 1 Drink

  • 3 locally grown cucumber slices
  • 3 mint leaves
  • ½ lime (squeeze for juice)
  • ice cubes
  • 6 oz. LaCroix Sparkling Water
  1. Muddle cucumber and mint with lime juice in glass
  2. Add ice and top with sparkling water

Source: Adapted from www.lacroixwater.com

Peachy Punch

Makes 1 Drink

  • 1 very ripe peach, sliced
  • Michigan blueberries
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 (12 oz.) can peach-pear sparkling water
  • Fresh mint leaves
  1. Add peach slices to glass and lightly press with a spoon to release their juice
  2. Add blueberries and ice and top with sparkling water. Garnish with 2 mint leaves

Source: Chef Maribel Alchin, MBA, RD, LDN, Meijer Healthy Living Advisor

Mango Mint Sparkler

Makes 6 Drinks

  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 3 cups mango nectar
  • 3 cups sparkling water, chilled
  1. Crush mint leaves with lime juice in a bowl with a wooden spoon until bruised and beginning to break up. Stir in mango nectar, then chill, covered, at least 1 hour
  2. Pour mango mixture through strainer into a large glass, discarding solids
  3. Pour about ½ cup mango mixture into each glass and top with sparkling water

Source: www.epicurious.com

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