By using all-natural herbs and spices, you can make sure that your drink has a clean and fresh taste. You will also benefit from the numerous vitamins and minerals they contain that will instantly boost your energy and even help you lose weight!

Here are 5 healthy cooler recipes using herbs and spices that you absolutely must make to beat the heat:

Lemon Barley Twist

What you need:

  • 8 1/2 cups water
  • Juice and peels of 2 lemons
  • 3/4 cup pearl barley, washed and drained
  • 1/4 cup sliced fresh ginger
  • 1 cup caster sugar

Place caster sugar and water in a medium saucepan over low heat. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Throw in pearl barley, ginger and lemon peels and simmer for 30-40 minutes. Remove from heat, strain to remove lemon peels, pearl barley and ginger slices then transfer to a pitcher. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes. When ready, add lemon juice (and more sugar if desired) and refrigerate for 15-20 minutes. Serve over ice.

Honey Mint Ice

What you need:

  • 5 cups water
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 10-15 mint leaves
  • 2 tsps. fresh lemon juice
  • Small pinch of salt

Grind washed mint leaves with a little bit of water to create a paste. Combine the paste with water, stir well then strain the water into a pitcher. Add in the honey, lemon juice and salt into the pitcher and stir well. Chill in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes then serve over ice.

Spiced Fruity Treat

What you need:

  • 3 strawberries, sliced
  • 1 cup diced ripe mango
  • 2 tbsps. fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 8-10 ice cubes
  • A pinch of chipotle chili powder

Blend strawberries, mango, water and ice cubes briefly until smooth then transfer to a pitcher. Add lime juice and chili powder and stir well to combine. Serve immediately.

The Golden Smoothie

What you need:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
  • 1 tsp. organic coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla powder
  • Maple syrup to taste
  • A dash of nutmeg or cardamom
  • 3-4 ice cubes

Place almond or coconut milk, coconut oil, turmeric powder, vanilla powder, maple syrup and ice cubes in a blender. Process for 15-20 seconds on high until ice is crushed and ingredients are well-combined. Pour into glasses and sprinkle with nutmeg or cardamom before serving.

Apple Cinnamon Cooler

What you need:

  • 2 red apples, cut into chunks leaving skin on
  • 2 food-grade cinnamon sticks
  • 2 glasses water
  • 4 mint leaves

Distribute apple chunks among 2 glasses of water. Add a cinnamon stick and 2 mint leaves to each glass. Refrigerate overnight. Consume as is or serve over ice.

With these delicious drinks using nutritious herbs and spices, you won’t be bothered by the hot weather anymore. In fact, you may even start looking forward to it!


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