This recipe for Mango Lime Agua Fresca is based on one from blogging friend, Abby, who writes The Frosted Vegan. One of the thing I like best about blogging (in addition to the food!) is the people you meet–both online and in person!
Before I read her post, I had heard of infused water before but not Agua Fresca. Wikipedia describes it as “a combination of fruits, cereals, flowers, or seeds blended with sugar and water to make light non-alcoholic beverages” which is “ popular in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and the United States.” With warmer weather here, I have been on the lookout for summer beverages that are healthy and refreshing!
My kids described the drink as a cross between a smoothie and juice and it got three thumbs up. (If you like the straw in the pictures, head on over to my peach margarita post where I have a glass straw gift card giveaway going on.)
Consumption of more typical summer beverages like sugared and diet soda are coming under increasing scrutiny. According to the Mayo Clinic Women’s Healthsource, “studies have found an association between America’s soda habit and the rising rate of obesity and type 2 diabetes in children and adults. Concerns have also been raised about the toll that these beverages might take on the heart,bones and kidneys… Research suggests that even low-calorie soft drinks can contribute to weight gain and other problems.”
Mangos, on the other hand, are seriously healthy with generous amounts of vitamin C, vitamin A and folate (see below)–and of course the lime is no nutritional slouch either! Do you have a favorite healthy summer beverage?
- 2 mangos, peeled, diced & seed discarded
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup ice
- 2 T sugar
- juice from 2 limes
- Combine all ingredients in a blender, blend on high until thoroughly blended. Store in refrigerator for up to a week.
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