DELICIOUS DRENCHING RECIPES!

Summer is here! During the hot days ahead, it’s more important than ever to stay hydrated. In fact, studies show that millions of people are dehydrated every day and don’t realize it. Do you suffer from any of these common signs of dehydration?

 
1. Fatigue 
2. Headaches 
3. Brain fog or confusion 
4. Dizziness 
5. Muscle weakness or cramps 
6. Constipation 
7. Dry, itchy skin
 
Also, sometimes we think we’re hungry when we’re actually just thirsty. Our bodies are smart but we can get confused about that! So remember to re-hydrate! You may be surprised by how much your symptoms improve or disappear.
 
Imagine flowers in a vase that are wilting. What happens when you refill the vase with water? You can see them come back to life! That’s what happens to your cells when they are dehydrated and then re-hydrated. Of course, it’s best to hydrate BEFORE you are even thirsty (or wilted). The rule of thumb is that if you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated.
 
Even if we know we should stay hydrated, many of us are plain bored with plain water. And that means that sometimes we grab a drink that seems more exciting, but can have the opposite effect – like a soda or sports drink. Many of these contain sugar and sodium, which can actually cause you to feel thirstier! Still, drinking something is better than nothing – that’s why you’ll often hear me say that healthy food and drink choices are a matter of “good, better, best.” So what are some better choices that are as good for us as plain water, but not as boring? Read on for some great options and delicious recipes that will keep you feeling refreshed even on the hottest days!

Love & Health,

Cucumber, Basil & Ginger – A Refreshing “Mocktail”

You may have seen this in restaurants where they serve craft cocktails, and for good reason. It is a light, refreshing blend of flavors. Bonus: the combo also has a mild detoxification effect on our bodies. Plus, cucumbers have a whopping 96% water content and three awesome phytonutrients called cucurbitacins, lignans, and flavonoids that have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer benefits. They don’t say, “cool as a cucumber” for nothing!

 

Ingredients:
• ½ of an English cucumber OR one small salad cucumber, cut in half and sliced thin
• 3 to 5 basil leaves, rubbed or “slapped” to release flavor
• 4 slices fresh ginger (or use sliced ginger in a jar)
• 32 ounces water

Directions:
Rinse and prepare the first three ingredients. Drop into a 32-ounce or greater pitcher. Add the water. Let ingredients steep – the longer, the more flavor. You can store covered at room temperature or in the refrigerator. Serves four eight-ounce glasses.

 

Watermelon Gazpacho

Ingredients:
• 4 cups chopped seedless watermelon
• 1 small salad cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
• 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped well
• 2 TBSP champagne vinegar
• ¼ cup chopped white or red onion (optional)
• 1 clove minced garlic
• 1 TBSP olive oil
• ½ tsp sea salt

Directions:
Prepare all ingredients and place them all in a large bowl. Taking half of the bowl’s ingredients and using a mixer or food processor, blend half the mixture (you can make it chunky or smooth, depending on your preference). Transfer the blended mixture to another bowl. Blend the remaining half of the mixture, and add to the transferred bowl. Stores well covered in refrigerator for five days. Serve at room temperature or chilled. If you like, chop an additional small amount of the basil and sprinkle on top.

Watermelon POPS!

Ingredients
• ¼ seedless watermelon, cubed
• 1 cucumber, peeled and sliced
• 5 mint leaves
• ½ cup ice

Mix all ingredients in blender. Pour into Popsicle molds and freeze!

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