Strawberry Orange Banana Crystal Light with Green Tea

I’ve been considering making a detox drink for myself – you know the cucumber, mint and lemon concoction to help flush your system from the inside.  I find there are times where I am really great at getting all my water in for the day, and then there are other days where I’m questioning if I even drank any water for the day (outside of ice coffee, etc.).  Forgetting to buy extra lemons, I decided to make a different sort of drink for myself.
Green tea is a great little natural remedy which has many different health benefits.  I don’t necessarily love the taste of green tea on its own, but I do like green tea when it’s got other flavors in it (Lipton has a great line).  While at the store, I opted to pick up a box of Green Tea and then a canister of Crystal Light.
I whipped up a big double batch to have in the refrigerator and I in turn brought it over to my aunt’s house during a family BBQ.  When I do make canisters of Crystal Light or even one of those to go packets I always add extra water. If I don’t I feel the drink is far too sweet for my liking.  Each large packet of Crystal Light calls for 8 cups of water, I typically go for 10-12 depending on the flavor of the drink I am making (some are sweeter than others).
I emptied a packet of Crystal Light into 2 cups of water in a glass then poured it into my container and then poured 6 cups of water into the container.  I repeated this twice then took 9 tea bags and put 3 bags into 3 separate coffee mugs. I heated some water and poured it over the teabags (about 2 cups of water each mug) and let them steep. I let them steep for about 10 minutes before removing the tea bags and pouring the liquid into the container. Giving it a nice shake I then tucked it away in the refrigerator to get nice and cold.
I have to say, it was really refreshing, with a mild green tea flavor in the background.  You could of course increase the amount of tea or decrease per your taste.

Crystal Light Liquid – Strawberry Lemonade

This is the third bottle of Crystal Light liquid that I have purchased since these have been put out onto the market.  The first two I was quite a fan of and after hearing so many rave reviews over the Strawberry Lemonade, when I spotted it at the grocery store I immediately knew this had to be thrown into my cart.  With spring upon us and summer looming around the corner, strawberry lemonade is always one of those classic, refreshing beverages for me.
The flavor of this is your typical strawberry lemonade – it’s sweet, it’s tart, it’s just perfect.  The only thing to make this drink better would be to make sure you serve it COLD and over a big glass of ice.  Other than that, I have no complaints.  If the water is room temperature and/or not cold you tend to get more of the “bitterness” of the lemon taste than you do the sweetness of the strawberry.
The one great thing with these liquid squeeze bottles is you really get to control how you want your water to be flavored.  Whether it be mildly flavored (as in there’s a hint in the background – which is a way I despise) or I you want it bold and in your face – the possibilities are endless.  The price tag is a bit high ($3.50 typically) for the squeeze bottle but weighing your pros vs. your cons the pros typically outweigh the price (unless you just plain don’t like flavored water then this wouldn’t be for you).
Have you tried any of the Crystal Light liquids?

Crystal Light Liquid – Mango Passionfruit Drink Mix

Considering I drink so much water, I have become a huge lover of Crystal Light.  Water is fabulous for you but it can be rather plain – plus by throwing a packet of Crystal Light in my water I feel as though I am having a treat.  Pre-Weight Watchers I enjoyed my juice and punches once in a while, so this is a nice “ode to juice” if you will.
When I saw that Crystal Light had come out with a liquid version of their sweetener I originally passed up on it.  I haven’t been the biggest fan of some of the liquid water flavorings that have come out.  But since I have such great faith in Crystal Light I decided to pick up the Mango Passionfruit flavor.
I do find you need to add more than the recommended squirts to obtain a decent flavoring – especially if you’re drinking 30 ounces of water at a time like I am.  I can’t handle that moderately flavored water – it makes me want to gag.  But I find by throwing a few extra squirts in, it really boosts the flavor and makes it delicious.  The mango passionfruit flavor is totally delicious.  Once I finish the bottle I do plan on picking up another to have for when I want it.
Have you tried the new Crystal Light liquid drink mixes?