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It's already shaping up to be a sizzling hot summer, and staying well-hydrated during these warmest of months is absolutely essential for your health and well-being. It's easy to want to quench your thirst with bottled iced teas, ice coffees from Starbucks, and those powdered lemonade mixes, but don't succumb to these sugar-laden brews! Most of these drinks are packed full of unhealthy sweetners, fat, and other scary ingredients that put your health (and waistline) at risk. Save money, generate less waste, and do your body a favor by mixing up one of these delicious, healthy alternatives that focus on hydration and flavor instead!

Homemade Ginger Ale

Most ginger ales that you’ll find at the grocery store are chock full of high fructose corn syrup, preservatives and “natural flavorings” that are anything but natural. If you love cooking with fresh ginger, you’ll be over the moon with this six ingredient ginger ale recipe from the Fearless Eating Blog. Just mix it and let it ferment on your kitchen counter for a few days. Then, add ice and enjoy!

Herb & Fruit Flavored Water

Why spend money on powders and mix-ins that are nothing more than sugar, when you could spice up your H20 with something much healthier? This guide from The Yummy Life shows how easy it can be to turn your garden herbs or fruit from the farmers’ market into refreshing beverages the whole family will enjoy!

Peppermint Iced Tea

This recipe from Kitchen Scoop recommends starting with black tea (regular or decaf) and adding peppermint extract for that extra kick of refreshing flavor. If you want to go even simpler, take a cue from this writer’s mom: just steep six bags of your favorite peppermint tea in a pitcher of hot water for around 30 minutes. Add your favorite natural sweetener, stir, and chill. Serve up over ice and enjoy!

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