Juice is a great thirst quencher on a hot summer day, but bottled juices are often full of corn syrup and preservatives. Plus, bottled juice tastes, well, bottled.
The only way to get that fresh juice taste is to make it yourself on the spot. You can make a wide variety of fresh juices, going beyond the standard bottled juices, orange and apple. All you need is a juicer or a blender.
Watermelon juice is a rarity in the U.S., but one of the most refreshing beverages on a hot summer day. Any watermelon fan who tries watermelon juice will be hooked at once. To make your own watermelon juice, get some fresh watermelon and remove the seeds.
Put chunks of the watermelon fruit in a blender and blend until smooth. That’s it! Pour into a chilled glass for a luscious summer drink.
You can also blend other fruits or mint into the watermelon juice to create different flavors of watermelon juice.
Another cool summer juice is cucumber juice, which might sound odd at first, but is actually delicious and refreshing. You can make cucumber juice with a juicer and fresh peeled cucumbers.
This juice is best served cold, because the chill will accent the natural coolness of the cucumber. A soothing, refreshing beverage that will definitely cool you down when you’re all sweaty from being out in the summer sun.
Grapefruit juice is another juice that is tastier when fresh squeezed. This fruit juice can be made with a simple hand juicer. Grapefruit is plentiful in the late summer, and this is a great time to capitalize on the health benefits of this fruit.
Many people might have heard of the grapefruit diet, in which eating some of this citrus every day is supposed to help you shed pounds. Whether grapefruit juice helps you lose weight or not, a tall glass at breakfast will at least guarantee you a big dose of vitamin C and nutrients first thing in the morning.
Those are a couple of my favorite summertime fruit juices that you can make fresh. As far as other fruit juices, the possibilities are limited only by your imagination. Also, don’t forget vegetable juices. Carrot juice and cucumber juice can be just as tasty and satisfying as fruit juices-and a lot easier on the stomach for anyone susceptible to heartburn.