So between a week of extreme stress and high temperatures, I’m learning the hard way what dehydration can do to the body. My marathon training has kind of gone down the tubes, however I know exactly where to go to get back on track – again one of the other reasons it’s 100% beneficial to have a coach (thanks Julie!).
The past couple days I’ve been pretty vigilant about my water intake and also making sure I’m getting enough calories (healthy). To supplement this, I had a great idea for a lower calorie, more refreshing smoothie that would help with post long workout/run hydration.
I kept thinking about this salad I had while home for the weekend! Watermelon, arugula, cherries, and bleu cheese! I couldn’t believe how versatile watermelon could be.
Not to get too far off topic, but I had such a great weekend, probably one of the most relaxing in a very long time – also glad to have my travel buddy with me to explore the mountains 🙂
Ok…so back to business…
What is this smoothie that I’m talking about!?!
Yes, it looks like a margarita, but don’t let it fool you ;) It’s packed with delicious high antioxidant fruits and hydrating coconut water! Best part? It’s only 3 ingredients!
Summer Watermelon Smoothie
- 1.5 cups frozen cubed watermelon
- 0.5 cups raspberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1 – 8oz container coconut water
- shredded coconut optional (to line rim)
Blend the first 3 ingredients together and you’ve got yourself a hydrating and delicious summer smoothie. The frozen watermelon almost gives it a slushie consistency!
Watermelon is such a great summer food because of it’s high lycopene content. There is some research to support that foods high in lycopene (such as tomatoes and watermelon) may help reduce sunburn! Not a reason to stop wearing your sunscreen but obviously a reason to increase consumption of these types of fruits into your diet. And for us runners with a fall marathon (half marathon) on the ticket, we are logging a lot of miles in the sun this summer! Which is another reason I included berries into the mix. Berries are high in antioxidants which may help reduce sun damage and also help with post workout recovery. Now that’s something to write about!
Let me know your favorite way to stay hydrated! And just for fun, let me know your favorite summer (alcoholic) beverage 😉
For me, nothing beats Nuun and I love a good summer ale!