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Summer in Pennsylvania is like a dream. After freezing for 4 straight months, the world becomes painted in the most extraordinary assortment of greens. Most afternoons, I sit on my back patio soaking in the sun and enjoying the peacefulness of watching the boys as they run through the sprinkler and scale the swing set rock wall. Sometimes I’ll use my Keurig to quickly brew a refreshing, acai berry low calorie drink over ice so I can stay hydrated while we play.
In our household we strive toward (somewhat) sustainable living, and we’ve made great strides over the past few years in growing our own produce and herbs. Sometimes, I’ll grab bits and pieces from the garden and throw them in a drink – it makes me feel so fancy! For example, today, I added a few raspberries from our raspberry bushes and some mint leaves into my #BrewOverIce Vitamin Burst Acai Berry refresher.
Trust me – it tasted as awesome as it looked! The boys, using my drink as an example, added mint and raspberries to their ice water, too. This drink is a new one for me. Last week I stopped at Walmart to grab some refills for my Keurig, and since it is summer, I was particularly interested in trying a few of the brew over ice options. I decided to go with the Vitamin Burst Acai Berry and the French Vanilla Coffee. Since both of the little boys were screaming during my trip (Sorry, Walmart!), I was thrilled to see the k-cups were in a center kiosk so that I didn’t have to go up and down the aisles to find the k-cups I wanted.
I brewed the fruit refresher in the same way that I brew my regular coffee cups, except, since these were brew over ice products, I could brew my drink directly into a plastic tumbler filled with ice.
It is really important you remember to brew over ice in a PLASTIC cup – glass, obviously might break. So, treat yourself to a nice tumbler if you brew over ice often. My husband bought me a plastic mason jar mug for Mother’s Day, and it works perfectly for this function!
I find it works best to brew the Brew Over Ice flavors with either the 6 oz (small) or 8 oz (medium) setting on my Keurig. And when I am finished brewing my drink, I can take advantage of Keurig’s Grounds to Grow On recycling program which takes used K-Cups and separates the grounds for compost and the plastic for recycling. In my quest for sustainability while maintaining convenience, I see this as a very attractive option!
I appreciate the ease in which my Keurig and Walmart’s k-cup variety make it so I can spend less time getting my caffeine fix, and more time enjoying the time with my boys. I also am thrilled to see Keurig’s attention toward sustainability, because I know the ease of just popping a drink in my Keurig comes at a price – but now the responsibility is on me to offset my environmental impact by taking part in the recycling program!
Before summer flashes by too quickly (like it always seems to do), I will be taking the time to put my feet up, savor my kids’ laughter, and sip a refreshing Acai Berry fruit drink.
Have you found a new favorite drink this summer or have you revisited an old favorite?