Healthy, Refreshing Summer Drinks For Seniors

Staying hydrated during summer months is essential for seniors in order to stay active and maintain good health. A chilled, refreshing drink is nothing less than amazing when temperatures climb into the 90s. Unfortunately, people usually reach for unhealthy drinks like sodas and other sugary beverages as they are convenient and readily available. However, although these easy choices may be more convenient, here are some reasons to avoid them:

  1. Zero health benefits
  2. Seniors usually choose them as an alternative to plain water, which can lead to dehydration.
  3. Excessive intake can lead to weight gain, tooth decay and other health issues.
  4. Excessive caffeine content

Here are some easy, refreshing summer suggestions for caregivers and home health aides to prepare for seniors that are healthy alternatives to the sugary stuff:

Refreshing Mango Delight
2 Mangos, diced
Juice from half a lemon
2 handfuls of ripe raspberries
8 tablespoons (1.2 ml) of apple juice
In juicer, combine and blend until well mixed. Add ice, garnish with a few raspberries and plop in a straw for a healthy, delicious, refreshing summer drink rich in vitamin C, potassium and calcium.

Carrot Cooler
3 carrots, peeled
½ lime
1 Kirby cucumber or ½ English cucumber
Chop, juice and ice for a healthy, refreshing, energizing, low sugar drink!

Another healthy alternative to sugary drinks is chilled, bubbly, sparkling water infused with fresh fruit or herbs. Refreshing, delicious and so healthy!

Get creative! Healthier summer drinks can be super easy for caregivers to prepare. A little effort can make a world of difference in the health of an aging loved one. When purchasing fruits at the market, choose fruits that are slightly under ripe, as they tend to have the most juice. Fruity juices tend to have more natural sugar, so be sure to speak with your loved one’s doctor or nutritionist for advice before serving.

Juices are usually best served fresh, but adding a squeeze of lemon juice can prevent oxidation while in the refrigerator. If the juice tastes too strong, dilute it with a little cold water and stir. Remember to clean the juicer soon after use to be ready for next time!

Have a fun, safe and healthy summer!

Allcare Home Health Agency, Inc. offers non-medical and skilled nursing services in the Raleigh/Durham area. Call (919) 301-0236 today for information.