When it’s hot, REALLY hot, the last thing you really want to do is chomp into a warm, salty and dehydrating meal. This is probably why many people experience a loss of appetite in hot weather, which can, in turn, increase the risk of heat exhaustion as your body doesn’t replace vital sugars and salts lost through perspiration and heightened activity. It’s important that in the hot summer months ahead you keep yourself hydrated with nutritionally dense food to keep yourself well and comfortable in the sweltering heat, and at NetCost Market we’ve got some brilliant ideas for foods that will do just that!
Hydrating Super Summer Salad
Instead of simply eating an orange here and an apple there, making a hydrating salad of cooling fruits and vegetables is a great way to get a diverse range of vitamins and minerals while keeping yourself feeling satisfied and hydrated. Start with cucumbers, which obviously have super high water content, but also include important vitamin C and caffeic acid which helps reduce skin irritation in the hot weather. Cucumber goes very well with chopped orange segments, strawberries, blueberries, mango, pineapple, mint leaves and the juice of half a lemon or a whole lime to make a refreshing, hydrating summer salad that will keep you full, is low in calories and is high in vitamins!
Yogurt and Yoghurt Drinks
Yogurt is often overlooked as a refreshing food (although it can also be a drink…technically). Containing almost 90% water, it’s no wonder that it’s super hydrating, and is a great hydrating source of protein. But, try to avoid high sugar shop bought yogurt drinks as they often contain more sugar than soda! Instead, get some hydrating berries such as blueberries and mix them with some tasty plain yogurt, or look for some authentic Ayran, a Middle Eastern yogurt drink mixed with a pinch of salt. The salt is important for replenishing that lost through sweat, and the drink is surprisingly refreshing on a hot day.
Okay, so now we’re getting a little bit obscure. Butternut squash is usually thought of as a winter vegetable (technically it’s actually a fruit) but it actually contains 88% water! This makes it super hydrating, and its high levels of vitamins A and C, and essential minerals like potassium and manganese make it a true hydrating superfood.
Now, you’re probably thinking “this is getting crazy now”, but we kid you not, watermelon pizza is an actual thing, and if you haven’t tried it, you’re going to wish you had! It’s very simple to make. Firstly, mix some plain yogurt and honey together in a bowl (alternatively preserves or golden syrup can be used). Slice a nice big round slice of watermelon and spread the yogurt mixture over it, leaving about a half inch from the edge. Finish it off by adding lots of hydrating berries and fruits! Blueberries, strawberries, mango, pineapple, cantaloupe, and papaya are all great choices. Next, simply eat it like you would a pizza!
Staying hydrated this summer is very important, and of course, nothing will beat keeping you hydrated than a good old glass of water. But, why not make keeping cool and refreshed fun with some of our ideas here at NetCost Market? We stock a huge variety of seasonal refreshing fruits and vegetables, so come in store and see what you can do to keep hydrated in the summer sun!