Juices provide lots of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and of course flavor. Bottoms up!
Adults should eat 1 1/2 to 2 cups of fruit each day, according to the FDA. Each 8-ounce glass of this easy-to-make drink takes care of about half of that, in a most delicious manner. Add some rum to the mix for an excellent outdoor party sipper.
Squeezing the juice out of fruit also removes beneficial fiber, but using the whole fruit, as in this smoothie, avoids that problem. Thanks to calcium-fortified orange juice, yogurt, and powdered milk, it also provides nearly a third of your daily calcium. And it's sweet and delicious to boot.
Pomegranate-Key Lime Vodka Cocktails
Try these to add a Florida Keys flavor to any get-together. Not only do they taste great, studies also show that drinking pomegranate juice may help lower total cholesterol and systolic blood pressure.
Blackberry LimeadeThis refreshing drink just screams summer, and should be sipped ice cold. It also screams healthful, with an array of antioxidants from the blackberries.
Strawberry Agua Fresca
Aguas frescas are fruit-based drinks popular all across Mexico and made from dozens of different fruits. This version blends whole strawberries to add fiber with lime juice to make it light and refreshing. Try variations using whatever fresh fruit you have on hand.
Pomegranate CocktailPomegranate juice has become popular recently, thanks to its powerhouse levels of antioxidants and its unique tart flavor. This drink adds orange and lime juice, plus vodka and grenadine, to create a unique adult beverage that's great to pour at parties.