If you are trying to drop a few pounds for summer, you might want to know some great slimming ingredients you can add to your summer drink. I think sipping on cool and sweet drinks on hot summer days is an easy way to lose weight. We know that most hot winter drinks are high in calories, however, cold summer drinks can also contain plenty of empty calories. Cocktails, smoothies and juices are usually packed with sugar and they can cause weight gain. This summer, replace all those sugary ingredients for slimming ingredients for your drinks. Your lean waistline will thank you!
1. Unsweetened almond milk
If you want to lose weight, start using unsweetened almond milk instead of dairy milk. Unsweetened almond milk contains 30 calories per cup and it contains no soy, sugar, lactose, carbs, gluten, or MSG. I love to add unsweetened almond milk to my creamy summer drinks. Yum!
No matter whether you are drinking tea, coffee, lemonade, smoothies, or cocktails, stevia is a great slimming ingredient for any drink. Stevia comes from an herb and is 200 to 300 times sweeter than sugar. When buying stevia, make sure you choose the liquid stevia or the 100% pure stevia white powder.
3. Apple cider vinegar
A cup of ice water is one of the best summer drinks, which you can make more delicious. Try adding some stevia, ginger, lemon, and a dash of apple cider vinegar. This tasty summer drink will definitely help you trim your body for summer. The thing is that apple cider vinegar helps reduce your blood sugar levels and prevent fat storage in your body.
One lemon contains less than 1 gram of sugar, which makes them a perfect slimming ingredient for your summer drinks. You can use a few slices of lemon to sweeten up your water and add a tart taste that will curb your sweet tooth. Moreover, you can add lemons to your summer veggie juices, smoothies, green or black tea. If you can’t imagine your summer without lemonade, consider making sugar-free lemonade with lemons and stevia.
5. Nonfat plain kefir
I know, it sounds tasteless, but nonfat plain kefir is actually a wonderful high-protein ingredient for the summer smoothies. Since nonfat plain kefir is not calorie-free, consider using no more than 1 cup per recipe. If you don’t like the taste of plain kefir, sweeten it up with your favorite berries or stevia. Nonfat plain kefir contains more slimming probiotics than plain yogurt. Plus, it has a slightly tart taste that can make any summer smoothie even more delicious!
6. Clean protein powder
Add a clean protein powder to your smoothie or nondairy milk, but make sure it’s free of artificial sweeteners, sugars and additives. I recommend you to have your drinks with a clean protein powder after your workout in order to build more lean muscle in your body and drop weight faster.
Finally, lime is another fantastic slimming ingredient that you can add to any summer drink. Just like lemon, lime is virtually sugar- and calorie-free. It’s rich in vitamin C that helps boost your immune system. Lime is also good for cleansing and detoxifying the body and it’s incredibly helpful for shedding pounds.
One of the best things about these amazing slimming ingredients is that they’re very easy to find. Plus, most of them are incredibly tasty. Do you add any of these slimming ingredients to your summer drinks? If you add any other ingredients to your drinks, don’t forget to share your ideas with us in the comments section.