Electrolyte Foods for Summer Sustenance
As you amp up your activity level during the summer you’re probably in the habit of toting a water bottle everywhere to keep hydrated, but do you also bring along your electrolytes?
Most electrolytes in the body are composed of sodium and potassium and when we sweat heavily, we lose electrolytes as well as water. Our bodies use these essential minerals to conduct impulses to the nerves, control muscle contractions, support heart and kidney function, and to maintain fluid balance and blood pressure. The most familiar way to restore electrolytes is through commercial sports and energy drinks, which are loaded with sugar, caffeine, and other chemicals. But you can find electrolytes in healthy food sources, too! To achieve optimal summer awesomeness, stay hydrated with these recipes that are refreshing, nutritious, and replenish your electrolytes with delicious seasonal flavours!
Totally Tomato, Cool-as-a-Cucumber Salad
This savoury water-packed recipe is great for too-hot-to-cook days, or as a snack between rounds of frisbee at the beach! It’s refreshing and gives your body that little electrolyte jolt it needs to keep on playing.
- 1 c of organic cherry tomatoes, cubed or halved
- 2 English or Persian cucumbers, cubed
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 small lemon, squeezed
- Mint leaves (optional)
Add all components together and stir.
Garnish with mint and prepare for a burst of energy!
Water Your Coco-melon
This is a fun twist on lemonade. This drink has it all--water, electrolytes, and a touch of sweetness. Get up and go with this cooling, thirst-quenching drink.
- 2 c coconut water
- 3 c watermelon, cubed
- 3 large lemons, squeezed
- 1 Tbsp agave syrup
Blend watermelon, coconut water, lemon juice, and agave syrup and chill for three hours. Alternatively, you can strain the pulp out, but that good fibre just adds more oomph!
Serve with a sprig of mint and sip away!
Potassium is helpful for muscle contraction and nerve conduction. Keep your muscles pumping and your nerves functioning happily with this fruity potassium-packed pudding.
- ⅓ c raisins
- 1 c dried apricots
- 1 banana
- 19 oz silken tofu
- 4 oz water
- ½ tsp of vanilla extract (optional)
Add all ingredients in high-powered blender and blend until smooth in consistency. Refrigerate overnight. Eat for breakfast, lunch, a snack, or dessert. Or all of the above!