With all this heat that has swept the nation, I really think it’s time to talk about the importance of staying hydrated! This year has been pretty cool for June (temps are in the low 100′s) so I am going through 1.5 gallon of water a day. I know it’s a bit much but drinking water becomes a necessity in this desert heat!
If you’re not a fan of drinking water, you can try flavoring your water with fresh fruits and herbs, flavoring extracts are also a perfect alternative to flavor packets. Over the next few weeks I will be talking about how to stay hydrated while enjoying the summer heat.
Strawberry season is here and I may be a bit late with recipes, but I am there when you need me! I had to start the season with a favorite summer drink that quenches the thirst, its healthy, low fat and sugar free. While I do prefer sugar in agua fresca, the strawberries I bought were sweet enough. I decided to make this one with a sugar substitute to complement the taste of the strawberries.
Fresh Strawberry Water (Agua Fresca) Recipe:
2 ½ cups sliced strawberries
4 cups water
¾ cup sugar substitute ( I used stevia)
Recipe Directions: In a medium bowl, mix slice strawberries, sugar, and 1 cup of water. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours (overnight is best). Remove the strawberry mixture from the refrigerator and pour into a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour the blended mixture through a mesh strainer set over a large mixing bowl; discard the pulp and seeds. Add the remaining 3 cups cold water to the pureed strawberries and mix well. Place the strawberry water in the refrigerator to chill or pour over ice and serve.