Here’s how to make:
Trisha Yearwood’s (yes, the Trisha Yearwood!) Sweet Tea
Fill a teakettle or saucepan with enough water to completely cover 4 family-style tea bags, about 2 cups.
Bring to a boil and remove from the heat.
Let the tea stand for 10 minutes; remove tea bags.
Add 1 ½ cups of sugar to a gallon pitcher and add 1 cup of cold water.
Stir to mix slightly.
Pour the hot tea into the sugar mixture and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
Stir in 13 cups of cold water to fill the serving pitcher.
Don’t drink too much alcohol; a cold beer or cocktail may feel like a a great thirst-quencher, but an alcoholic beverage actually has a diuretic effect which can lead to dehydration. Alcohol can also reduce your body’s natural response system that protects it from overheating.
Did you know that a parched throat isn’t always a true indicator of thirst? True thirst can already kick in when you’re around 2 percent dehydrated-and beginning to experience fatigue. On most days, women need about 9 cups of fluids; men require 13 cups (this would include liquid in foods, like soup or watermelon). For each hour of running errands or exercising, add another 1 ½ to 2 ½ cups, then continue sipping for every 15 minutes afterward (if you’re in a place where you can do this). If you work out longer or it’s hot outside, you need to replace body-regulating electrolytes (including sodium and potassium, that’s lost when you sweat). Now you can use sports drinks, but they’re high in sugar. If possible, look for a low-calorie brand, or dilute it with some water.
If possible, drink before you’re thirsty and make sure that you continue to sweat.
Please Note: Due to the water intake, you are going to pee a bit; there’s no getting around it. Be sure to check for light-colored urine; it’s a sign of good hydration.
Sugar-sweetened soft drinks are the no. 1 source of added sugar in American diets (17 teaspoons in a 20-ounce bottle of soda!). The recommended amount of added sugar per day is just five to nine teaspoons. It’s hard though, to totally give up soft drinks just like that. (I am particularly fond of Coca Cola Classic and the late, great Surge. But for several years now, I limit myself to just two soft drinks a week-Friday and Saturday. It was so hard at first. But I stuck to it-and now I can do this without even thinking about it anymore. I’ve since extended the limiting to chocolate candy and potato chips. I didn’t say that I’ve given up any of these entirely-still a work in progress!
Three Regional Soda Favorites
Saranac Orange Cream has been bottled in Utica, New York since 1888. It’s a balance of orange flavor with a subtle creaminess. Go to www.saranac.com for more details.
Boysenberry Soda is from Oregon; it’s made with Pacific Northwest boysenberries and sparkling water. For more info, visit www.hotlipssoda.com.
Abita Root Beer is a Louisiana staple, a light, peppery root beer with punch. Made with cane sugar, the sweetness is both mellow refreshing. To find out more, log on to www.abita.com.
Perk up and customize a glass of lemonade; add “flavor bursts” by way of ice cubes.
To Do: Fill ice trays with fruit juice, and pop in raspberries, strawberries or blueberries. As the ice melts, the taste will shift!
Sources: food/recipes section–Bettter Homes and Gardens, July 2013, “Hot Topic” by Amanda MacMillan, food/know-how section-Better Homes and Gardens, July 2012, “Old-school cool” by Lauren Frandsen and Megan Falcone–Better Homes and Gardens, July 2011