I don’t know what the weather is like where you live, but here in North Texas, it’s been hot! We are barely into spring and yet our daytime highs are pushing 90° F every day. We are well on our way to the summer when it’s “hotter than a jalapeño’s armpit.” Don’t blame me for that one. I heard it from my old southern chiropractor.
When the temperature starts rising, it’s important that we stay hydrated. All that sweating is bound to catch up with us if we aren’t replacing fluids adequately. Up to 60% of our body is comprised of water and recent studies have reported that about 75% of Americans are in a chronic state of dehydration. Did anyone else just suddenly get thirsty? Go grab a drink. I’ll wait…
Besides dehydration, another side effect of hot weather is it is an appetite killer! I find that when the temperature hits that 100° mark, I have no desire to eat much of anything. Why is this a bad thing, you ask? In order for your body and metabolism to run smoothly, you NEED to eat. When your body starts receiving less calories than it needs to function, it senses that your body is in a time of famine and begins to store extra fat as protection against starvation. Yikes!
So how are we to keep fed and hydrated when “it’s hotter than a gumboot” as my mom says? Smoothies to the rescue! There is nothing more refreshing than a cold drink on a hot day.
I love this Tropical Rehydration Smoothie as a snack or light breakfast during the late spring and summer months. It’s simple, sweet, and full of hydrating fruits. Banana, mango, and pineapple make the perfect tropical combo (we all know my feelings about pineapple). My kids especially love this smoothie too, and I love that they are getting a full serving of spinach. Win-win.
Let’s look at what makes this delicious smoothie so hydrating.
Coconut Water: With 294 mg of potassium, 25 mg of sodium, and 5 mg of natural sugar per glass, coconut water is the perfect rehydration solution (goodbye, Gatorade). This balance of electrolytes is beneficial for blood pressure regulation and digestion. It is also said that coconut water is isotonic to human blood plasma and is actually used as IV fluid for quick rehydration in some third world countries.
Mango: Containing high levels of vitamins c, a, and b6, mangos help boost the immune system. It is also rich in tartaric acid, malic acid, and citric acid that help to alkalize the blood (an alkaline blood ph means less inflammation). Mangoes are also about 83% water, which makes them perfect for rehydration.
Are you ready to rehydrate? Let’s get blending!
Tropical Spinach Smoothie
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 1.5 cups coconut water
- 1 mango (skin and pit removed)
- 1 cup fresh pineapple
- Juice of 1/2 lime (not pictured)
- 1 frozen banana
- Place all ingredients in the blender in the order listed (or backward if using a bullet type blender). You want the greens and liquid right next to the blade.
- Blend until smooth. Serves 2.
What is your favorite way to cool down when the heat rises? Leave your comments below!