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Light Summer Drinks to Enjoy On-the-Go

Sip on a refreshing drink to put a little pep back in your step. (Photo courtesy of Starbucks)

Written by Laura Cofsky, editorial intern

If the recent heat wave is any indication, summer is rapidly reaching its peak. And during these dog days of summer, it’s easy to feel like we’re constantly busy as we try to balance work with vacation plans and other fun in the sun activities. But even when we’re on the go, it’s important to take a moment to relax. Sometimes, it only takes a few invigorating sips to do the trick.

Lucky for us, some of our favorite shops have us covered. Keep reading to see where you can get a fast pick me up while still blowing that to-do list out of the water!


Introducing their new line of Starbucks Refreshers, these new drinks total 100 calories per handcrafted serving and contain green coffee extract – perfect for those who want the effects of coffee, but can’t stand the taste. It sounded too good to be true, so we tested it ourselves. The verdict? Yum! Available in summer-ready flavors like Very Berry Hibiscus and Cool Lime, this drink keeps you going while serving a generous helping of antioxidants.

Bonus: If you stop into Starbucks before 3p.m. on Friday, July 13, you can nab a Refresher for free!

Jamba Juice

This smoothie shop’s Fruit Refreshers not only come in a variety of beach-inspiring flavors like Strawberry Lemonade and Watermelon Splash, but they’re nutritional powerhouses too. The 16 oz. variety clocks in around 230 calories and can account for up to 90 percent of your daily vitamin C needs. If you choose the Tropical Mango flavor, you’ll also suck down more than half of your recommended dose for vitamin A. Made with refreshing coconut water, this light sip is bound to re-hydrate a busy girl during an errand-packed day.

Soft Serve Fruit Co.

If you're looking for something that will hold you over for a while, try a smoothie from this company. Made from their signature soft serve fruit and your choice of liquid (water, skim, soy or almond milk), each pack anywhere from 289 to 338 calories and no added sugar. Our fave? The Berry Blast!

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