First days of summer have arrived and if you live in the Northeast so has the heat. This is a time for all of us to worry about hydration. Every cell, tissue and organ in your body needs water to function correctly, so especially during the summer we need to start to pay attention to how well hydrated we are. A simple way to check hydration status is, “if your urine is “clear” or light yellow, you are most likely well hydrated, otherwise get drinking!” No need to count ounces, pay attention to what your body needs.
One of my favorite ways to beat the heat is making Spa Pops! A Spa Pop is a combination of water, fruits, vegetables and a touch of sugar. They essential have no calories, are made with simple ingredients and are a
great treat to cool off with while getting some extra fluids. You can make all types of flavor combinations. Nothing say summer like a cool Spa Pop in your hand!
Cucumber Lemon Spa Pop Ingredients: 1 cup julienned seedless cucumbers; Juice from 2 lemons; 2 cups cold water; 1-2 tsp sugar or agave syrup
Raspberry Lime Ricky Spa Pop Ingredients: 1/2 cup frozen/fresh raspberries; juice of 4 limes; 2 cups cold water; 1-2 tsp sugar or agave syrup
Step 1: Juilennned the cucumber and squeeze the lemons and limes into separate bowls. (I use my inexpensive mandolin for cutting the cucumber. I got it at TJ Max for $12.99 and make slicing so much easier)
Step 3: Combine the lime juice or lemon juice with 2 cups cold water, 1-2 tsp sugar. Then add the mushed raspberries or juilennned cucumbers.
Step 5: Take pops out of freezer. Scrape and stir any ice crystals that have formed. Add a spoonful of the julienned cucumber or raspberries to the pop molds. Distribute evenly through out the Popsicle. Freeze pops for another 3-4 hours until solid.
Enjoy a refreshing treat and stay well hydrate in the Summer heat!