|"Better for me than Diet Coke" is my theory about this favorite summer drink.|
Are you a water drinker? I'm impressed by people who always say "I'll just have water" when a server asks for drink orders. More often than not I'll ask for Diet Coke, and although I drink far more water now than I did a few years ago (thanks to a mini-fridge in my office filled with bottles of water) I'm afraid I'm never going to be one of those people who easily chooses water over other drinks. That's why I'm glad I love, love, love the Ruby Red Grapefruit flavor of Crystal Light, because when it's hot outside this is something I'll often choose over Diet Coke. Of course I know plenty of you aren't going to consider "better for you than Diet Coke" much of a recommendation, so if you feel that way, then just click on to the next blog. (Please don't leave comments lecturing me about artificial sweeteners; I believe everyone is entitled to make their own food choices.) However, if you're someone who'd like to cut down on the soda pop habit, give this product a try!
I included the jar I keep in the fridge in the photo above, because I didn't love this product nearly as much until I started to mix it twice as strong in the one-quart container above that I got at Williams-Sonoma years ago. (That container was one of those splurges that turned out to be a great investment, but that's another story!) Then when I drink it, I fill a tall glass completely full with ice cubes. That makes it icy cold and dilutes it to exactly the strength I like. If you've never had this before you might want to experiment to see what strength tastes right to you, but if you like the flavor of grapefruit, I bet you'll love this for a summertime drink! And for a few years now I've had the idea of turning this into popsicles in the summer, so maybe this is the year I'll finally try that.
More Cooling Summer Ideas:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
South Beach Diet Friendly Mango Lassi from Kalyn's Kitchen
Low-Sugar Mango Sorbet from Kalyn's Kitchen
Rosemary Citrus Spritzer from The Kitchn
Grapefruit Sorbet from One Perfect Bite
Mango-Coconut Smoothie from Sailu's Kitchen
White Grapefruit and Epazote Sorbet from Spicy Salty Sweet
Lemon-Barley Drink from Noob Cook
Pink Grapefruit Sorbet and Strawberry Sorbet from Israeli Kitchen
Mango Juice from My Colombian Recipes
White Peach Sorbet from Use Real Butter
I purchased the Crystal Light myself and this company has no idea that I'm writing about their product. All items featured as Kalyn's Kitchen Picks are things I will happily buy over and over, and because I want readers to know that my opinions are completely unbiased, I no longer accept sample products of any kind. You can see the complete list of products I've chosen under the tab Kalyn's Picks below the blog header.)