5 Best Drinks for Hydration: Fitness Friday

It’s so warm this summer, so if you are exercising or just in the heat, keep hydrated and drink up. Here are some of the best drinks for hydration that seem to work for me. Also, see my recipe for Blueberry Spritzer for something a little different.

1. Coconut Water: Coconut and coconut water is so popular these days. I love the idea of coconut water as a natural electrolyte source. This category has grown from one product to many and from plain to fruit-flavored. Drink them as they are, mix them into your favorite smoothies or even add them to popsicle recipes.

2. Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: You probably haven’t thought about the water content of fresh produce, but there is a hydration benefit that comes from consuming fruits and vegetables throughout the day. Consider cucumber, watermelon and even iceberg lettuce for their high water content. While these foods shouldn’t replace your other fluids, making them part of your meals and snacks is a good idea.

3. 100% Fruit Juice: 100% fruit juice is a good alternative to artificially sweetened drinks. However, too much juice throughout the day can add up to too many calories in your diet. Combine one or two ounces of juice mixed with seltzer or sparkling water for a refreshing way to hydrate.

4. Iced Coffee or Tea: Good news for those who drink caffeinated drinks. Caffeine is not dehydrating like it was once believed to be, as long as you don’t overdo it.  Of course, what you put into iced coffee or tea greatly affects the nutritional quality of the drink. Aim for non-fat milk and hold off on the sugar.

5. Water: Water is still the best drink choice. I try to drink a liter of water after my workouts before consuming my morning coffee. Remember to drink water throughout the day, and you are sure to stay well hydrated.

 

 

Thanks to www.guidingstars.com for sharing some of this information. All other advice is from me.

10 Summery & Refreshing Watermelon Recipes

When I posted this Watermelon Margarita last week on Facebook, I had such a huge response. I decided to share 10 of my favorite summer refreshingly cool watermelon recipes that I have have come across lately. See my Watermelon Pinterest page for more summer watermelon recipe inspirations.

Superfoods Salad via Ingredients, Inc.

Watermelon Daiquiri via My Recipes

Watermelon Pops via Kraft

Watermelon Jello Shots via That’s So Michelle

Watermelon Mojitos from Inspiring the Everyday

Watermelon Frosty from

Watermelon Granita via Homemade Simple

Watermelon Mojito Popsicles via Bakers Royale

Watermelon Sorbetto via Indochine Kitchen

Cookie Cutter Fruit Salad via Wit & Whistle

Travel Tuesday: Cachaca Samba Cocktail from Halekulani in Waikiki

Halekulani, Waikiki’s legendary beachfront resort hotel, has created several new summer cocktails. This Hawaiian recipe creation for Cachaca Samba is as summery, beautiful, and unique as it gets. Cachaca is a liqour made of fermented sugarcane juice. It is one of the most popular distilled alcohol beverages in Brazil.

Along with Halekulani’s signature Mai Tai, which was invented and still served at the hotel, these summertime concoctions are available at the award-winning Orchids restaurant, by the pool and of course, while enjoying traditional Hawaiian entertainment at Halekulani’s famed outdoor gathering spot House Without a Key, which is immortalized in a 1925 Charlie Chan novel. I want one, don’t you? If you’re headed to Waikiki Hawaii, you must check this out.

A Sign of Spring: Strawberry Limeade

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Coming up with this recipe may seem simple to you because that’s what I thought when I submitted this recipe concept to a client for recipe development. Honestly, I made this recipe at least six times. I kept placing the strawberries in the blender and coming out with a fizzy product. It tasted great, but was very foamy and fizzy. The kids loved trying all the versions, but they even complained about all of the fizz. I realized that maybe I was making this too complicated trying create a lime simple syrup, different sugars, etc. until I realized why not just try chopping the strawberries in the food processor first and then stir them into simple limeade? This version worked great so I hope you will like it too.