I know you all have been there — one of those sweltering summer runs where all you can think about is a nice, cold post-run drink. Well, the end of summer is not yet in sight, so I thought I’d share a few of my favorite mocktails to quench your thirst.
Read on for some tasty liquid refreshment!
Not quite a fuzzy navel
This is my new favorite! Simply mix peach kefir (or drinkable yogurt) with orange juice. I use about a 1:1 ratio, occasionally a bit heavier on the kefir to supply a good dose of protein and calcium for my muscles and bones. The OJ makes this drink a little more thirst-quenching while also providing vitamin C, carbs, and calcium as well if you get a fortified version. Bonus: for those of you who have poop issues, the probiotics in kefir may help you out in that area.
Virgin bloody mary
Any other salty sweaters out there? A virgin bloody mary will certainly replenish your sodium as well as get you ahead on your veggie count for the day. For this drink, I start with a base of V8 and just add my favorite standard bloody mary ingredients: hot sauce, lemon juice, olives, a pickle, and maybe even some of the pickle juice. You’ll have to get your protein from another source, but since V8 is relatively low in calories you don’t have to worry about overdoing the food if you’re watching your weight.
Coffee iced milk
This concoction requires some prep work, but if I can do it anyone can, maybe even a small child. Get out your ice cube tray, brew some coffee, and freeze it. That’s the prep! Consider decaf if you’re planning to drink this in the afternoon; espresso is a good option for caffeine junkies. After your run, fill a glass with ice cubes and pour milk over it (hello protein!). I like a combination of white and chocolate milk for a little sweetness.
What are your favorite drinks after a hot summer run?