With hot weather upon us and summer camp in full swing, staying hydrated is important for both children and adults alike all summer long. Store bought lemonade can sometimes be a gamble because often it contains more sugar than lemon juice.
Our bodies need water for hydration; in fact, our bodies are made up of 60-70% water. Water does everything from improve complexion to aid in digestion by flushing out toxins and keeping our joints and muscles lubricated.
Here are some tips that will help keep you hydrated all summer long:
1. Drink a glass of water when you get up in the morning and before each meal. Drinking water before and during your meal will ensure you’re not filling up on empty beverage calories.
2. Spice it up! If you think water is boring, why not add lime, cucumber, mint, berries, or ginger to make your beverage more interesting.
3. Add some fizz! If you are a “cola” kind of person, drinking sparkling water with a lemon or lime will help give you that carbonation that adds something special to ordinary water.
4. Carry a water bottle with you. There’s no excuse to pay $2.50 for a soda when what your body really needs is water.
At the end of the day, giving our body the hydration and nutrients it needs to survive should be our top priority. This easy version of classic lemonade will help you stay both healthy and hydrated!
5 fresh lemons (use a juicer for best results)
3 Tbsp. honey
Squeeze 4 lemons for each quart of water. Use a juicer for best results. Simmer 3 Tbsp. of honey over medium heat in 1 (additional) cup of water until dissolved. Allow the honey to cool before adding it to the lemonade. Slice the 5th lemon in rounds and add it to the pitcher. If you’re used to store-bought lemonade, this may taste a little sour at first. Simply add a little more honey to the mixture. I would not recommend using agave or any other artificial sweetener. Keep it simple, keep it whole, keep it healthy!