Let’s be real, drinking plain water during the summer days gets so boring. So, what do we do? Eventually, we pick the more refreshing options like flavoured sodas ridden with sugar and caffeine. The alternative? Homemade hydrating drinks! Fresh juices are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals. Further, since most of the fibre in fruits and vegetables is removed and turned into liquid, your body absorbs these nutrients much faster.
Here are our top 3 homemade hydrating drinks recipes so you can increase your water intake. Kill two birds with one drink – stay hydrated and increase the electrolytes! The one main piece of equipment you’ll need is a blender for the recipes below, alternatively, you can use a fine strainer, nut milk bag or cheesecloth. Stick till the end for a surprise.
Refreshing green juice that is easy on the stomach and a great option to drink after a night or weekend of indulging. The juice is rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and alkalizing properties, and many essential nutrients that are great for easing digestion thanks to the ingredients.
1.5 cups pineapple
5 celery stalks
1 cup curly parsley
1-inch piece of ginger peeled
1 lemon (peeled)
Start by prepping all ingredients; dice pineapple into cubes and measure out 1.5 cups. Rinse and dab dry celery, cucumber and parsley. Peel and chop lemon.
Run all ingredients through a juicer. Start with your ginger and parsley then the rest. These two ingredients have less water so the rest will push them through while juicing them.
Allow juice to chill in the fridge for a few minutes if you wish. ( I usually leave it in there while I clean my juicer).
Serve and drink within 8 hours. Enjoy!
A fantastic energy booster and a pre-workout. Great for immunity all thanks to the mighty ginger. A perfect balance between sweet and savoury. Hydrating, obviously, but all rich in nutrients. You can skip the straining if you want an extra dose of fibre in your diet, beets are great for the heart and are rich in folate (vitamin B9), manganese, potassium, iron, and vitamin C along with fibre. If you aren’t a beet lover, we are sure this will change that.
2 beets, washed and chopped – beet bulbs only (not greens)
2 carrots, washed and chopped
2 green apples, washed and diced
2 clementines, peeled
7 small strawberries, washed with the tops cut
1 lemon, juiced
1-inch piece of ginger peeled
2 cups filtered water
Nutbag/Muslin cloth (optional)
Wash all produce.
Add the water to the blender along with the chopped apples, and beets. To this add the strawberries, clementines and ginger.
Finally, squeeze the lemon juice into your blender.
Blend on high for about 1 minute until smooth and no chunks are left.
Place the nut milk bag (or cheesecloth/thin kitchen towel) over a large bowl/measuring cup and carefully pour the juice into the bag.
Squeeze all of the liquid out of the pulp into the bowl/jar and serve cold or as is. Enjoy!
250gms of fresh strawberry stems removed
1.5 cups granulated sugar
4.5-5 cups water, divided
1.5 cups fresh-squeezed lemon juice
Use a blender or food processor to puree the strawberries. Strain them through a fine mesh sieve, if desired, to remove seeds.
In a small saucepan, stir together sugar and 2 cups water over medium heat. Bring to a boil, and stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Alternatively, if you want to skip this step, add the sugar to the strawberry when blending.
Strain the lemon juice through a fine-mesh sieve into a 2-litre jug. Add simple syrup and pureed strawberries and stir to combine. Refrigerate until cold.
When ready to serve, add 2 ½ cups of cold water and stir. Taste, and add more water if it’s too sweet.
Serve with ice.
As mentioned at the top. If you’ve managed to keep up with us so far, here is a bonus recipe!
If making flavoured drinks seems daunting. Add fresh fruits and veg to your existing water to make it refreshing.
1 cucumber washed and sliced
Handful of mint leaves
Half a lemon, washed and sliced
1 litre of water
Mix everything and have it as is or with ice for the perfect refreshing and hydrating drink
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