Staying hydrated is so important. You can ditch the commercial sports drinks because watermelon can keep you hydrated!
Watermelon makes everyone think of summertime. It’s a staple at almost all picnics and barbecues and it’s enjoyed by kids of all ages — especially the adult ones. It’s nice to know that sometimes we really do know what’s best for us!
Years ago, commercial sports drinks were all the rage. Whether you ran around outside, played a sport, or got too hot in the sun, many would automatically reach for a bright colored sports drink thinking that that was the best way to keep hydrated.
Boy were we wrong.
Watermelon is the way to go. Fresh watermelon truly can keep you hydrated.
Watermelon is actually considered a Chinese herb (Xi Gua). It’s great if you are overheated on a hot day; it cools you off from the inside-out and it quenches thirst. The rind of the watermelon is also a Chinese herb (Xi Gua Pi). This is even more powerful at relieving summer heat and generating fluids in the body. So, the next time you are cutting up a beautiful fresh melon, don’t cut off all of the white/light green rind and eat a little bit of it along with the sweet red flesh — it will do your body good!
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Deliciously Simple Ways Watermelon Can Keep You Hydrated
1. Seasoned Fresh Watermelon Cubes
This is so simple and it’s amazingly delicious. Cut up your watermelon, put it in a big bowl, and season it will one of the following: sea salt, chili powder, lime zest. Or, use all three. It’s delicious.
2. Watermelon Salad
There are so many delicious ways to make a great watermelon salad. My favorite way is to mix cubed watermelon with lime juice, a little salt, sliced jalapeños, and some feta cheese… yum. Sometimes, I’ll throw some arugula in for good measure.
3. Watermelon Jerky
Yes, this is a thing. And it’s an awesome thing. If you have a dehydrator, simply put big, peeled, slices of watermelon into the dehydrator and when it comes out, it tastes amazing. With no dehydrator, follow this simple recipe from The Chalkboard. This is a real treat!
4. Watermelon Juice
I’ve made watermelon juice many ways. And, truly, the best way is the simplest way. No juicier required — simply put the peeled melon into your blender and whiz it up. Sometimes I’ll add a pinch of salt or a little lime, but I like my watermelon juice best straight and pure.
5. Berry Smoothies
When you use watermelon in a smoothie you don’t need any other liquid; it has so much water in it that this can be the base of your smoothie. And a hydrating base it is! Try adding some blueberries, cherries, or goji berries for a treat. Frozen cauliflower is a great way to thicken it up without hiding the great sweet taste of the watermelon.
Yeah, this really isn’t a hydration thing… but it’s good! And, if you add hydrating ingredients to your cocktails you will have less chance of feeling the effects of the alcohol the next day. So, blend up some watermelon juice and add it to some tequila or vodka with a little lime and some spicy peppers… delicious!
7. Infused Water
I love to put a pitcher of water in the fridge with some fruit or herbs in it. This is a great way to up your water intake in a fun way. Read this post on 12 Homemade Healing Infused Waters — including watermelon water!