May
25
2013
Beat the Heat Recipes

Watermelon water recipe

It’s true that summer doesn’t officially start until the 21st of June.  Still, Memorial Day is the traditional launch of the summer season.  In Northern states, water parks and community pools are opening their doors to provide a place for the overheated masses to cool down and relax.

In beautiful Pinellas County, Florida, May is a transition month. The last few cool mornings and evenings give way to three months of constant sultry weather.  By the time Memorial Day rolls around, the heat is on.  While some may thrive on the summer sunbeams, the elevated seasonal temperatures do require some preparation to prevent sunburns and dehydration.

The average Floridian engaged in moderate activity can easily lose two or more liters of water a day. To stay safe and healthy, increased water consumption is strongly encouraged. You know the drill, 8 to 10 glasses of water a day helps keep you properly hydrated and healthy.

If you find the prospect of drinking water all day rather unappealing, we have a yummy suggestion to help you mix it up.  We definitely recommend still drinking your 8 glasses of water, but to help you break up the monotony and add some “zing” to your hydration plan, we are sharing a Fabulous Basil and Watermelon Water recipe for you to try.

According to Health.com this delicious sipper is less than 50 calories per serving.  Watermelon packs more lycopene than tomatoes and is a great source of vitamins A and C, so you also get a nutrient boost with this delicious beverage.

Fabulous Basil and Watermelon Water

  • 4 cups red or yellow seedless watermelon chunks (about 1/4 large melon)
  • 6-8 large basil leaves
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 4 cups chilled water

Preparation:
Combine watermelon chunks and basil leaves in a colander placed over a large bowl. Using a metal ladle or spoon, press watermelon to extract as much juice as possible. (The remaining pulp should be fairly dry.) Season the juice with sea salt and white wine vinegar, and strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a large pitcher. Add 4 cups chilled water, stir, and serve.

It’s easy, it’s delicious, and as an added perk the watermelon’s dramatic color makes this a gorgeous addition to your picnic or brunch menu.  It’s a great treat that will impress and refresh your family and guests.

For more ideas on fun and healthy recipes for the summer, please visit i spa Health Studio’s Recipe Corner.  Check out our Avocado Dressing or our Tabbouleh, both great additions to your summer menu.

Do you have a great summer recipe you would like to share? Email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or stop by the studio.  It’s the perfect time for a pre-summer massage or Yoga class.  Just call 727.386.4004 to schedule your visit and remember to bring your recipes!

 
     
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