Dancing for Donuts | Summer Sips

Summer Sips.

Is it just me or do y’all crave something other than water when it gets to be hot outside?

I’m usually a huge advocate of drinking only water (sometimes with lemon) or tea, but when summer rolls around, I’m always craving something with a little more umph. Often I notice that I look for something to eat, even when I’m not hungry, just because I want to taste some flavor…which is no bueno. Nor is grabbing a high-calorie drink from Starbucks, a can of soda, or even a cocktail (unless it’s happy hour/a weekend, of course). So what’s a gal to do? Create some low-calorie, healthy and refreshing beverages to have on hand!

First up: Iced Tea (duh).

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This one reminds me of home since my parents love iced tea. It’s so ridiculously easy to make and cheap! I usually boil a tea-pot full of water and pour it over 2 tea bags (you could use 3 to make it stronger if you wanted to). I let it sit in the fridge for a few hours and then add a little stevia once I’m ready to drink it. You could also make sun tea, which requires potentially even less effort: put the tea bags in the water and put it out in the sun. Boom.

#2: Coconut Water

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Okay I know coconut water has gotten a lot of flack as of late, but it’s still one of my favorite treats. The brand above, C20, is a personal favorite and comes with or without pulp. A lot of people don’t love coconut water, but sometimes diluting it with a bit of regular water to mellow out the sweetness, and then chilling it, makes it taste infinitely better. Plus, it’s found to be more hydrating than regular water, so it’s perfect for after a workout. I also prefer to put mine in a cute glass because I also think that enhances the taste/experience… (:

#3: Sparkling Lemonade

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So I think I saved the best for last. I recently discovered Hubert’s lemonade (which is super iconic in California), and fell in love. I know how sugary lemonade can be, so buying a diet version helps with that a little bit. Even better though? Diluting it with sparkling lemon water, which makes it taste fancy (let’s be honest) and more refreshing, not to mention that it makes the bottle last even longer! I mix 1 part lemonade to 3 parts sparkling water and make sure it’s ice cold.

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Drink up, my friends!

xo Jordan

The Little Things #3.

Oh, hello! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend – I know I did! It was waaaaay too hard to get back to real life this morning. Here are some of the things making me happy this week…

Getting to spend time with my brother! He’s here from NY from work, but we were able to hang out all weekend. We snuck in a hike to the Griffith Observatory to see the views of LA, but only found fog instead…It was still fun, though 🙂

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  After our hike, we grabbed some brunch (which was so delicious I forgot to photograph it before quickly shoveling it in…) and then did more exploring! Echo Park Lake is so beautiful. I need to have a picnic down there soon.

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Other than my weekend adventures, I’ve been enjoying some summer eats. Like this fro-yo, which had way too many toppings to be remotely nutritious.

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And I discovered Hubert’s Lemonade – finally! This stuff is incredible and so refreshing. I only tried the watermelon flavor, which was a tiny bit sweet, but I bet it would be even better mixed with some sparkling water.

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Plus some fruit! Mangoes have been on sale, thank goodness. They’re one of my favorite fruits but they’re usually too expensive. Luckily I’ve been able to stock up!

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That’s all for now, friends. I’ll be back later this week with some more healthy recipes and fun things 😉

xo Jordan