Hydrated and Heat – super low calorie drinks to help keep you cool this summer
Water is essential for helping keep our body temperature right, especially important in in the summer heat. We lose water naturally through our breath, skin and urine. When we exercise more, or on very hot days we lose even more. It is important to replace lost fluids…
Also, if our bodies are low on fluid we risk getting headaches, feeling tired and becoming irritable. Too little fluid is also not good for bladder and bowel functions.
Try to drink about 2 litres (6-8 cups) every day to replace our losses.
Top hydrating tips for Heatwaves
• Keep a check on tea and coffee – too much can lead to you peeing out more than you take in. Limit very strong teas and coffees on a hot days – try making them weaker or replace them with decaffeinated alternatives.
• Alcohol – too much alcohol naturally dehydrates us. So try not to be tempted by to drink more than is healthy by the sun shine. If you do enjoy a drink, try to enjoy a glass of cold iced water between.
• Keep cool in the Car – Fill two bottles of water and put them in the freezer overnight. In the morning, place them in the car. Sip your iced water at the traffic lights and junctions while you wait.
• Get into the habit of drinking a glass of water before every meal.
• Freeze diet lemonade overnight and enjoy a low calorie ice pop the next day with the children.
• Frozen grapes, mangos and melon pieces are delicious, easy and very refreshing on hot sizzling days.
• Love herbal teas? They are great served cold as well as hot. Infuse a couple of teabags in a pot of hot water overnight, cool and then chill in the fridge. Serve with crushed ice, and a sprinkling of artificial sweetener if needed.
• Fizzy drinks – it can be tempting to drink lots of fizzy drinks in hot weather to keep cool and hydrated – remember many contain a lot of sugar ( up to 7-8 teaspoons in one averaged sized can) Choose diet alternatives instead.
Simple and refreshing summertime drinks
Ideas for you to try:
1 part orange Juice
1 part diet bitter lemon
Half fill the glass container with orange and top up with bitter lemon. Garnish with slices of oranges and lemon
Sugar free Lime cordial
300ml diet lemonade
Blend the strawberries, a dash of lime cordial and lemonade until frothy. Pour into a jug and pop in a few ice cubes. Decorate with
strawberry slices and a mint leaf.
Apple and Ginger Breeze
2 parts apple juice
1 part low calorie/diet ginger ale
Dash lemon juice
Dash of sugar free lime cordial
Half fill a cocktail glass with apple juice, add a dash of lemon and lime. Top up with ginger ale and chill.
Spice up a glass of water…….
• Herbs and extracts – mint and vanilla are great way to make water interesting. Crush them a little then infuse with warm water and then pour over ice. Strain. Try adding flavourings to a bottle of water and chilling this in the fridge overnight to soak up the flavours. Enjoy with ice and a fresh sprig of mint.
• Lemon and lime – try squeezing these into the water and add a slice to the top for a zesty kick
• Cucumber – slice and add to a cold pitcher of water – very refreshing…