How One Killer Smoothie Recipe can make 3 Amazingly Delicious and Hydrating Smoothies
It is not always easy to keep hydrated during the hot summer months. Firstly we need to take in enough fluids. Then we need to be able to replace lost electrolytes. It is also useful to limit foods and drinks, like coffee, that further dehydrates us.
Women’s Running magazine interviewed Lauren Marek, a registered dietician at the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center. Here is the recipe and ideas that she shared with them…
The Recipe: Hydration Smoothie
1 cup almond milk
1/4 cup almonds, blanched
5 Tablespoons avocado
1/2 medium banana
1/4 cup ice
This smoothie combines many ingredients known for their hydrating properties. “My thought with hydration is always electrolytes and fluids,” explains Marek. “Both avocado and banana are high in potassium, an electrolyte used to maintain fluid balance—which is very important for hydration, especially in the summertime.”
With the addition of almond milk, also a good source of potassium and fluids, this smoothie is sure to keep your fluids in balance. Adding avocado keeps the smoothie creamy, and Marek notes that it also adds a good source of healthy and satiety-provoking monounsaturated fats.
This smoothie is delicious as it is, but there are a few easy ways to add variety to this smoothie.
Hydrating Smoothie 2
Make the smoothie as above and add cinnamon to add a kick to the basic hydrating smoothie recipe.
Hydrating Smoothie 3
Make the smoothie as above and add in 1/4 cup of dry oats to add more fiber to the smoothie.
I don’t like really like the electrolyte replacement drinks on the market, because they usually have lots of added sugar. When you make your own hydrating smoothie with these great potassium rich ingredients, you replace electrolytes whilst knowing exactly what you are drinking.
Source for recipe and interview with Lauren Marek.