Did you know that sugary drinks are the leading source of sugar in the American diet? Drinking and eating too much sugar has been associated with an increase in chronic illnesses such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. That's why we're encourging Morongo Basin residents to make healthy beverage choices that can help reduce sugar intake and prevent illness.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch developed the "Rethink Your Drink Campaign" to educate children and adults about the benefits of drinking water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages.
Since we often find change to be difficult, the CDPH recommends making small changes each day that add up to a big win and ultimately improve health over time.
Naturally flavored water infused with fruits or herbs (such as mint, basil or rosemary) is refreshing and healthier than suger-added flavors. Freezing infused water in ice trays and adding the cubes to a water bottle for healthy refreshment is another way to choose to do less sugar.
For more information about RETHINK YOUR DRINK and for additional recipes, visit RethinkYourDrinkDay.com.
KIWI & STRAWBERRY WATER: Mix one peeled and sliced kiwi and 10 sliced strawberries with water in a 2-quart pitcher. Chill for at least 20 minutes.
STRAWBERRY PINEAPPLE LEMONADE: Blend 4 cups 100% pineapple juice (with no added sugar), 2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries, 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice and 1/2 cup of water with ice in a blender until smooth. This recipe makes enough for five people. Chill for at least 20 minutes.
MANGO & JALAPENO WATER: Mix 1 cup chopped mango with 1/2 fresh jalapeno (no seeds) with water in a 2-quart pitcher. Chill for at least 20 minutes.
MELON COOLER: Blend 2 cups chopped watermelon and 2 cups cold water in a blender until smooth. This recipe makes enough for five people. Chill for at least 20 minutes.