Do hot, humid, sweaty days making you feel a bit like a wilting flower? A cold shower helps a lot. Even more, make sure you are getting enough fluids to keep yourself cool. In the summer, we need a lot of extra to stay hydrated. How much? Depends on your age and what you are doing. Everyone’s different. Common signs of dehydration include: dry mouth, thirst, fatigue, dizziness and headaches. Here at Harvest Home we’ve found a lot of delicious, easy ways to hydrate with flavor.
Start with what you eat: Snack on summer’s fruits and veggies, like watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumbers, celery and tomatoes. They all have high water content (did you know watermelons are 92% water?) and tons of nutrients, making them the perfect hydrating snack.
Drink the right liquids. Some liquids are healthier than other and some actually help you stay cooler than others. Soda and flavored juices are loaded with sugar. You have to generate heat to process them. More heat is not what you want! The best thing to drink is lots of plain water. You may be thinking: “BORING!”
Take the “boring” out of water. Add refreshing flavor with herbs, slices of fruit or even veggies and store in the fridge. See tips below.
Refresh with a new iced tea flavor. Our favorite hot weather drink is African red tea (Rooibos Tea) poured over ice! Rooibos tea is naturally caffeine-free and has tons of antioxidants among other benefits. See recipes below or click HERE.
RECIPE: A Refreshing Taste for Iced Tea
Adding fruit and spices or using different teas can create a whole new kind of refreshment.
Peach Mint Tea
8 tea bags (rooibos, or anything you’d like)
4 ripe peaches, cut into ½ inch pieces
1 small bunch of mint
Bring 8 cups of water to a boil & add 8 tea bags. Let sit for 10 minutes. Remove the tea bags and chill. Add peaches & mint to tea and store in the fridge. Remove the fruit after one day.
Ginger Root Tea: Great for digestion and stress-relief.
Plain: Take a 2 inch piece of ginger root and crush it. Toss it in boiling water and simmer it for 15 minutes. Pour over ice and enjoy!
Minty Green Ginger Root Tea: Put 2-3 green tea bags in a teapot with 2 inches of grated ginger & a few sprigs of mint. Fill the pot with boiling water. Let sit for 5 minutes. Pour over ice.
African Red Tea (Rooibos): A refreshing mouth feel you can’t beat!
Buy loose tea. Put 2 heaping teaspoons tea in a teapot or glass quart jar. Fill with boiling water. Let sit for 10 minutes. Pour over ice through a strainer to get rid of the tea leaves. Add more water if it’s too strong
TIPS: Take the Boring out of water
Icy cold water with a hint of flavor can keep you cool & refreshed…and save lots of money! Plain or flavored, keep a large pitcher of water in the fridge so it’s cool when you need it.
Basic Recipe: There really aren’t any rules. You can start with this as a basis and go as create as you want
- One cup of fruit or vegetables
- A few sprigs of herbs, like thyme or mint
- 8 cups of water
Combine all the ingredients in a pitcher and stir around. Crush the fruit a little or let it float on the top.
A splash of refreshment:
Add fruit, herbs or spices to a pitcher of water and store in the fridge overnight. Just keep adding water to the pitcher as you drink it. It will last about a week. Try some of these combos:
- A bit of mint adds a refreshing taste to almost any beverage
- ½ a lemon and ½ a lime cut into slices
- 4 or 5 long cucumber sticks about ¾ inch thick
- About ¼ to a ½ of pineapple cut in chunks
- Chunks of watermelon or cantaloupe; honeydew with a bit of basil
More recipe ideas at HERE
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