Here’s my mid-morning snack amid a sweltering heat wave today. It was already 91 degrees at 10:00 AM on my front deck. Those of us that live in the San Francisco Bay Area aren’t used to these kinds of temps, but I love it!

I upgraded a classic old-fashioned lemonade that’s loaded with refined sugar (by the cupful!) and flipped it into this antioxidant-rich, plant-based cooler. Try it, stay hydrated and keep cool!

What’s In It..

  • 2 cups frozen mango chunks/slices OR about 4 fresh Manila mangos (a.k.a. honey mangos)
  • 2 large juicy oranges
  • 2 juicy limes
  • 1 juicy lemons
  • 6 fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup seltzer water (Seltzer is carbonated water. Club soda has sodium added.)
  • 1/2 cup of ice cubes/crushed ice

How It’s Made..

  1. Cut mango and place in a blender. Remove the stems on three strawberries and add them to the blender. 
  1. Freshly squeeze citrus fruits to make: 
      • 3/4 cup orange juice
      • 1/4 cup lemon juice
      • 1/4 cup lime juice

3.  Add fruit juices and ice to blender. Blend until smooth.

4.  Divide among three frosted glasses.

5.  Garnish with a slice of lime and strawberry on the rim of the glass.

Serving options:

  • Slush: Pour into a cup and freeze slightly until a little ice-y.
  • Popsicles: Pour into popsicle molds and freeze until hard.
  • Fizz: Pour into a tall glass, but don’t fill to the top. Top off with seltzer water for a more carbonated refreshment.  

Karen’s Fit Tip: I’ve made this with pink grapefruit juice too when I didn’t have oranges and that tasted great too! 😀


Karen Owoc

Karen Owoc is a certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist specializing in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and lifestyle medicine. Her science-based approach to longevity, nutrition, and muscle health has made her the go-to source for health seekers and medical professionals alike. Karen's best-selling book on functional longevity, "Athletes in Aprons: The Nutrition Playbook to Break 100", and her transformative perspective have mended many minds, hearts, and spirits.

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