August 2021 Better Homes & Gardens Recipes

Watermelon-Cucumber-Lime Refresher
Photo: Jason Donnelly

Summer is winding down, but the heat is still high around the country. Use our August 2021 Better Homes & Gardens® recipes to keep you well hydrated without relying on plain old water alone. Try our sparkling tonics, floats, and twists on iced teas. Of course, we also have a few weeknight dinner ideas that come together fast (or at least with short hands-on time) so you can enjoy the last full month of summer.

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Strawberry Kombucha Crush

Strawberry Kombucha Crush
Jason Donnelly

Kombucha delivers low-cal hydration and good bacteria to help keep your gut healthy and fight inflammation. Strawberries are high in water, potassium, and vitamin C. In all, you get a healthy drink recipe that's got fewer than 70 calories.

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Citrus-Ginger Sports Tonic

Citrus Ginger Sports Tonic
Jason Donnelly

This tangy beverage includes sodium along with plenty of potassium courtesy of the citrus juices, making it a great workout recovery drink. Ginger gives it a spicy kick, plus antioxidants and compounds that help fight off bacteria.

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Sparkling Iced Mocha

Sparkling Iced Mocha
Jason Donnelly

No, this is not your usual brewed coffee over ice. This tasty brew is made of decaf coffee, milk, a bit of cocoa powder, and some sparkling water to become a good source of the electrolytes calcium, magnesium, and sodium. Opt for decaf because caffeine can be a mild diuretic, which negates the hydrating effects.

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Pineapple-Mint-Coconut Cooler

Pineapple-Mint-Coconut Cooler
Jason Donnelly

Look at all the health benefits you'll enjoy drinking in this refreshing summer drink: Coconut water has many electrolytes, including potassium, sodium, calcium, and magnesium. Mint and pineapple also supply potassium plus vitamin C, which helps skin retain moisture.

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Watermelon-Cucumber-Lime Refresher

Watermelon-Cucumber-Lime Refresher
Jason Donnelly

Pull out the blender. And maybe keep it out as you'll want to make this healthy drink on repeat. Watermelon and cucumbers have among the highest water content of any fruit or vegetable. And watermelon is a powerhouse of potassium, an important nutrient for maintaining fluid balance.

Buy It: Ninja Professional Blender ($100, Target)

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Chicken and Waffles Cobb Salad

Chicken and Waffles Cobb Salad
Carson Downing

Frozen chicken tenders and mini waffles make it easy to pull off this mash-up of restaurant brunch and diner salad favorites. Just add lots of veggies and a quick homemade vinaigrette. Even kids will be excited to dig into this fun main-dish salad.

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Shortcut Sugar Buns

Shortcut Sugar Buns
Carson Downing

Create a brunch board anytime of day that features these shortcut buns. Nestle the rolls and fruit with Nutella next to jammy eggs, sausage links, and bacon to make this meal feel like a special treat. Bagel chips and veggies with cream cheese could round out the spread.

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Grandma-Style Pizza with Capocollo and Fennel

Grandma-Style Pizza with Capocollo and Fennel
Carson Downing

"Grandma-style" pizza hails from Long Island, NY, and is known for its simple, home-style prep and shape. Purchased (or premade) pizza dough, a quick sauce, and a press-in-pan technique mean homemade pizza is only an hour away.

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London Fog Spritz

London Fog Spritz
Carson Downing

If you love Earl Grey tea, you'll enjoy this sparkling iced version of a traditional Earl Grey tea latte. The tea flavor is what's most pronounced, but it's enhanced with a bit of sweetness and fizz from sparkling water.

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Green Tea Float

Green Tea Floats
Carson Downing

Can't find matcha ice cream? Use vanilla for a milder flavor. (It will be just as creamy.) But if you love the green tea flavor of matcha, you'll adore how it adds more flavor to this float recipe while it melts into the drink. It's like an extra-decadent iced matcha latte.

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Herbed Arnold Palmer

Herbed Arnold Palmer
Carson Downing

Infuse the classic iced tea-lemonade combo with an herb syrup for even more summer vibes. Once you make the simple syrup, add your herbs and let it stand for a couple hours to infuse the flavor—then strain and add it to tea. It's the perfect pitcher drink to prepare for a family gathering.

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