Baby, It’s Hot Outside!
Dehydration will give us a case of the blahs quicker than just about anything else. We know we’re supposed to drink a lot of water in the summer but when the temperature is 102 and the heat index is 110, plain water may not be enough.
Jazzy Water, Water Dense Foods and Chilly Soups
Keep drinking the H20 but try these three tip to keep your energy level up in the heat of the day:
Jazzy Water - Adding fruit to water makes it prettier so we’ll want to drink more of it, plus it adds flavor and vitamins. Try adding orange slices, pineapple wedges, limes and other citrusy fruits to plain water for a low-calorie hydrating delight. Put a pitcher of water with fruit slices on the table at meal time to encourage your family to increase their H20 intake too.
Edible Liquids - Water is the main ingredient in some foods. Lettuce, watermelon, broccoli, grapefruit, oranges, milk, carrots, yogurt, apples, cucumbers, melons, and celery all have high water volume and will help you stay hydrated. Some fruits and vegetables are 90% water. If you eat plenty of fruits and vegetables every day you’ll bank extra points in the nutrition department and you won’t have to drink quite as much water to stay hydrated.
Chilly Soups - Chilled soups are another way to increase your intake of liquids. One of my favorites, cucumber soup, can be used as an appetizer, paired with a salad to make a meal, or as part of a brown bag lunch. [The recipe is below.]
This recipe is simple, and inexpensive to make.
2 cup seedless cucumber, peeled and diced
1 cup water
2 cup 0% plain greek yogurt
2 green onion, diced
2 tsp Dijon Mustard
4 tbsp fresh dill
4 tbsp fresh parsley or Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp olive olive oil
1/2 tsp celery seed
Salt and pepper to taste
Add all the ingredients to your food processor and blend until nice and smooth.
Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.
Serve chilled and garnish with a few slices of cucumber and sprigs of fresh dill.
Don’t Let Your Palate Go To Sleep - Summer is only half over. Why not get creative with ways to hydrate and at the same time keep your palate entertained?