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5 Summer Drinks to Keep You Cool

Shanti enjoying coconut water

5. Coconut Water

Coconut water is loaded with health benefits. It’s rich in electrolytes and potassium, which makes it perfect for replenishing your body after exposure to the summer heat. Of course, it’s not so easy for most of us to find a young, green coconut so that we can drink from it directly like in the photo above. Luckily, you can find cans or boxes of coconut water at most natural food stores.

Unlike its richer cousin coconut milk, coconut water is low in fat and calories. You can drink your coconut water chilled on its own or add a squeeze of lime to brighten it up. It’s also great for adding a tropical twist to your morning smoothie!

Do you have a favorite cooling summer drink? I’d love to hear what’s cooking in the comments!

Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by rabanito

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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8:12AM PDT on Jun 10, 2013

Good recipes.Thanks for sharing

5:46AM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

Thanks! Can't wait to try these out soon! ^_^

10:03AM PDT on Jun 28, 2012

oh thanks!! i need those recipes!!

6:32AM PDT on Oct 20, 2011


9:09AM PDT on Sep 22, 2011

Thank you

11:08AM PDT on Aug 28, 2011


8:05PM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

Thanks so much for all the recipies for the vauious fruit drinks . I can't wait to try them . And I am going to share with family and friends.
Do you have any recipies for water melon drinks or frozen pops?

10:58AM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

Thanks for the cooling drink ideas! I'm not terribly far from Atlanta so am experiencing the same heat wave!!

4:37PM PDT on Jun 28, 2011

TY, Becky! Literally COOL for sure. I need to know how to pick up the bonus points; bc our family has both the cucumbers & mint due to my resident gardener husband. We also have other herbs too. I just reap the benefits & pull an occasional weed if I feel like it. Blessed, I am!

1:16PM PDT on Jun 28, 2011

Deanna - I hear ya! We've been running the fans and drinking cold drinks, but our AC bill is still higher than I'd like. At least you can start now! :)

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