Ready for the summer? Today, we got surprised by a hot sunny day in Santee, CA. Not that it’s strange for us to have beautiful sunny weather here in San Diego, but it’s been cold and rainy the last few weeks. So was today just a fluke or what marks the first day of our summer?
What you don’t want on a day like this though is to get dehydrated! Drinking plenty of water is definitely a good thing, especially if you’re a coffee drinker. But not everyone likes just “plain” water so here’s our recipe for a tasty summer drink that will definitely keep you hydrated.
In 1 gallon of filtered water add:
- 1 medium orange, cut in 1/4 inch slices
- 1/2 cucumber, cut in 1/4 inch slices
- 10 mint leaves (fresh is better but dried will do too
- Add ice if you want it cold
Gently mix it all up and enjoy!
Cucumbers help your body to retain water. Remember how we mentioned coffee drinkers? Caffeine actually does the opposite, it helps your body get rid of water. Cucumbers are also alkaline which means that it helps your body regulate it’s pH, neutralizing the acidity from other foods, especially processed foods, and gives you a better chance of warding off infection.
Citrus in general help cleanse your intestines and even promote fat burning and weight loss. But perhaps what makes it so good in our drink is that it helps reduce stress, refreshing and revitalizing along the way.
There are all sorts of things that mint is good for and along with the orange and cucumber, it’s actually pretty tasty too! Mint also refreshes is known to take headache away, by smelling it or massaging some of the essential oil on your temples. Imagine what it can do to your dehydration headache if you drink it!
Where do we get our ingredients? Our favorite place for these ingredients is Growers Direct. They’re a small, farmers-market-like shop on University Avenue, on the border between San Diego and La Mesa. All their produce is locally and organically grown/sourced and way cheaper than Sprouts or Whole Foods. More information can be found HERE.