We know we’re supposed to drink at least two litres of water a day, according to the European Food Safety Authority. Keeping hydrated is particularly important in the hot summer months. We’ve found some other fluids to help you stay hydrated and keep cool.
Healthy watermelon recipes
Watermelon is 90% water and very healthy as it also contains vitamin, C, vitamin A and magnesium. As well as being delicious eaten on its own, especially when it's cold, you can turn it into a home-made slushie by blending watermelon with water and freezing it to make a granita.
Add watermelon to salads - it works particularly well with goat's cheese or avocado. Otherwise freeze slices of watermelon for instant ice pops or to add as flavoured ice cubes to water or other soft drinks.
Making cucumber water
Cucumber is around 96% water, making it the best food to eat to keep hydrated. Add cucumber to any salad or sandwich.
Many spas and beauty salons know the virtue of cucumber water and it’s very easy to make yourself at home. All you need to do is slice half a cucumber into thin rounds. Put in a large jar. Add eight cups of cold water and put in the fridge for at least an hour. You can add some fresh herbs such as basil or mint while it's infusing for added flavour or serve it with slices of lemon, orange or lime.
Healthy gazpacho soup
Gazpacho is a famous cold Spanish soup packed with flavour and healthy ingredients. You can buy it in any supermarket or make your own. Chop tomatoes, green peppers, cucumber onions and garlic and blend them. Once blended, add salt and pepper to taste, and then slowly add olive oil while the blender is running. Refrigerate for a few hours. You can serve it with croutons and chopped tomatoes, cucumber, peppers and onion if you wish.
Easy salmorejo recipe
Salmorejo is easier to make and, personally, I find it much tastier than gazpacho. You can also buy this in the supermarket but it’s quick and easy to make.
You need fresh, ripe tomatoes. Peel the skin by cutting an X in the bottom of the tomatoes, plunge in boiling water for 30 seconds and then put in a bowl of iced water. It's then easy to peel off the skin. Blend the tomatoes, add stale bread crumbs, mix and leave for a few minutes. Add salt, garlic and a splash of sherry vinegar. Then slowly add olive oil to emulsify.
To be honest, I sometimes just stir in the oil afterwards instead of slowly emulsyfing it in the blender. Refrigerate until it's very cold. You can add chopped hard-boiled egg and ham to serve.
Article by Sarah Farrell - www.sarahswritestuff.com