It’s hot as balls here in the Seattle area.
(pause for laughter when everyone else in the country realizes “hot” means in the 80’s)
Staying hydrated is essential when no one in the area has air conditioning. Many people fill up on sodas and sports drinks, but honestly those aren’t filling your body with the nutrient it needs to keep up your activity level (which honestly is just being able to whine consistently about the intense amount of boob sweat that has accumulated in your bra).
Most find plain water boring and as a result, they don’t get nearly as much as they need. Finding a way to make water exciting and delicious can be essential for bringing your family on the hydration train. I recently whipped up a concoction that took a whopping five minutes, and made my glass of water taste like a unicorn had personally mixed it with her horn, and then a leprechaun blessed it with his rainbow, and Gizmo from Gremlins batted his adorable eyes at it. And then sweet Westley from Princess Bride walked in to my kitchen, and asked what I wanted. I asked him to make me the most refreshing drink ever, and he said “as you wish”, and created THIS recipe.
And THEN, he got together the whole gang (Zach, Screech, Slater, Kelly, Lisa, and Jessie) and reunited Zack Attack and they played for one night only at The Max and sang “Friends Forever”.
So yeah, it’s good.
Just a tip for you to make this process go more quickly. During the summer, I’ll spend 20 minutes once a week slicing up a watermelon, and cutting it in to cubes to keep in the fridge. A delicious and healthy snack is always on hand, and makes whipping up concoctions like this a snap.
Watermelon, Lime, and Mint Ice Cube Spritzers
1 cup of cubed watermelon
Juice of 1 lime
Small handful of fresh mint, washed and dried
Flat, or sparkling water
1) Add all the ingredients to a food processor, blender, or immersion blender, and blend until the mixture is to your desired blendedness (that’s a word). This little tool is one of my favorites for juicing lemons and limes.
2) Pour in to an ice cube tray, and freeze. I like to use an ice cube tray with a lid for these kinds of projects. This is the tray I have.
3) Once frozen, add a cube to regular or sparkling water.
We have a Sodastream because we realized that we are addicted to “bubbles”. I have four pops (soda’s for people who need a PNW to English dictionary) a month; once a Sunday at my parent’s house. I never miss the flavor or the sugar during the week, thanks to the constant supply of sparkling water we keep in our fridge. The number of plastic bottles this little machine keeps out of the landfill is amazing. Plus, it encourages Troy to drink more water, which has always been a challenge for him.
Mint and watermelon are at peak season right now, so jump on this and make a batch today!
What is your favorite way to stay hydrated in the summer?