Water is necessary. Water is life. Water is…the essence of…wetness (wait, that’s from Zoolander). Listen, water is great. We love it! Can’t live without it! (Literally). But, let’s face it, sometimes we need a little flavor. A little something extra. We know you know what we’re talking about! Say no more. We know you’ll love our 5 favorite ways to hydrate this summer that are not water. They are bright, summery, tasty, refreshing, and, perhaps most importantly, pack ingredients that can naturally help your body keep your immune system in tip top shape to fight those nasty cold and flu germs during the summer. Let’s go get some healthy hydration! (No hard feelings, water. We still love you!)
Lemonade: Sparkling Watermelon Lemonade
Transform regular old lemonade into a party for your taste buds just by adding watermelon and sparkling water. Did you know that watermelon, aside from being 92% water, is packed with vitamin C and other antioxidants? Muddle in the vitamins from the lemons and you’ve got yourself a happy and hydrated immune system.
Smoothie, part 1: Pineapple Mango Vitamin C Booster Smoothie
Tropical as it gets. Pineapple + mango is like a Caribbean vacation in your mouth. Mangos have plenty of vitamins C and A plus 25 different kinds of carotenoids, all of which help keep your immune system strong. Mango juice can also help prevent your body from overheating . Pineapple is known for helping improve immune function and reducing inflammation. This recipe kicks it up a notch with a vitamin C booster for even more health boosting power.
Popsicles: Ginger Peach Popsicles
Popsicles and summer go together like peanut butter and jelly. And this ginger peach version gives our summer favorite a fresh twist packed with nutrients. Ginger isn’t just for sushi, you know? With anti-inflammatory, germ-fighting and immune boosting properties, this is one super food you need to keep in your summer immune-boosting arsenal. Peaches, on the other hand, offer another slew of nutrients, including vitamin C and zinc!
Agua Fresca: Kiwi Cucumber Agua fresca
What is agua fresca, you ask? It’s a delicious take on traditional juice. Although it often calls for a good amount of sugar, you can reduce, replace or ignore the sugar altogether. Did you know that kiwis have five times as much vitamin C as oranges? Not to mention many other vital nutrients which give this fruit “super” status. Another super food that is over 90% water (95.2%, to be exact) is cucumbers, which are also high in vitamin C and other antioxidants and is anti-inflammatory.
Smoothie, part 2: Mango Ginger Strawberry Smoothie
There’s just something so summery about a juicy, tropical mango, isn’t there? We’ve already covered the amazing benefits of both ginger and mangos. Add to that the high antioxidant level of strawberries (plus more vitamin C than oranges) and we have a sweet, tangy and refreshing smoothie to help keep your immune system healthy this summer.
Any of these great recipes will help keep your liquid and nutrient intake high. Just because those lazy, hazy days of summer settle you into a permanent hammock-coma doesn’t mean you have to give your immune system a chance to get sluggish enough to let you fall prey to those dreaded cold symptoms. Your immune system will thank you, and you can enjoy all of the summer fun (or summer lazing)!
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