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3 Refreshing Juice Recipes for Summer

By JACOB MABANTA

Summer is here, and it's the perfect time to mix up refreshing drinks filled with seasonal flavors. Packed with powerful vitamins and antioxidants, these juices are inspired by my background as a chef.

Two of the following recipes are perfect for post-yoga sipping. The Watermelon Chia Fresca is great before and after workouts because chia seeds help your body retain water and electrolytes, which can help reduce muscle soreness. 

Watermelon Juice

Watermelon Chia Fresca
A traditional Mexican drink, chia frescas are a great source of sustained energy. Chia seeds contain calcium, manganese and phosphorus and are a great source of healthy omega-3 fats.

(For full nutritional information, here’s a link to the recipe we created in MyPlate.)

Prep time: 5 minutes
Yields: 2 (8-ounce servings)
Calories: 177 per serving

Ingredients:
* 6 cups cubed watermelon
* 1 sprig mint leaves
* 1/2 lime, rind removed
* 1 heaping tablespoon chia seeds

Directions:
1. Run watermelon, mint and lime through a home juicer.
2. Pour the juice into a pitcher, then stir in chia seeds.
3. Let it sit in the fridge for 10 to 15 minutes to allow the seeds to absorb the juice and plump up.

Sweet Green
This is a sweet green juice with tons of cleansing phytonutrients. I like to go a little crazy with the cilantro for an extra heavy-metals detox.

(For full nutritional information, here’s a link to the recipe we created in MyPlate.)

Prep time: 5 minutes
Yields: 2 drinks (8-ounce servings)
Calories: 63 per serving

Ingredients:
* 2 oranges
* 5 leaves Swiss chard
* 5 stalks celery
* 1 handful cilantro
* 1 medium cucumber
* 1/2 lemon
* 1 inch fresh peeled ginger

Directions:
1. Run all ingredients through a juicer and enjoy.

Blue-and-White Elixir
White tea leaves are known for their delicate flavor and low caffeine content. They also retain the highest levels of antioxidants of all tea varieties. Everyone knows antioxidants are good for us, but few people know of their properties as a skin protectant. The polyphenols in the tea, the anthocyanin in the blueberries and the astaxanthin in the spirulina make for a holy trinity of antioxidant protection.

(For full nutritional information, here’s a link to the recipe we created in MyPlate.)

Prep time: 5 minutes
Yields: 4 drinks (8-ounce servings)
Calories: 35 per serving

Ingredients:
* 32 ounces water
* 4 bags or 4 teaspoons loose white tea
* 1/2 cup blueberries
* 1 inch of vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 2 tablespoon raw honey
* 1 teaspoon spirulina
* 1/8 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt

Directions:
1. Divide the water in half.
2. Add tea to one half and simmer for five minutes.
3. Strain into a pitcher and place in the fridge to chill.
4. Pour the other half of the water into a blender, add the remaining ingredients and blend thoroughly.
5. Mix into the tea.

-- Jacob

Readers -- Do you have a home juicer? What kinds of drinks do you make at home? What are your favorite summer drinks and juices? Leave us a comment below and let us know.

Jacob Mabanta is the co-founder of Love Grace Foods. Jacob began his career as a chef heading up healthy restaurants throughout New York City, including Williamsburg's Rockin' Raw. Jacob attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition for providing personal diet, wellness and nutrition counseling. In 2011, he co-created Love Grace with the mission to provide a higher level of vitality and fulfillment for all through cutting-edge nutrition. With gourmet juices, smoothies and elixirs, Love Grace hopes to help customers reach their health goals with ease and excitement.

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