Temps are rising out there, and as we head into our summers, it just makes sense to get you some recipes that can do both. That is, summer recipes that are both nourishing and also help keep you hydrated in the heat.
Hydrating Summer Recipes, Say What?
You already know drinking more water is as close to magic as it gets for everything from glowier skin to better digestion and energy. Standard guidance recommends around half your body weight in ounces of water per day.
And the water content of your meals count toward that! (Though obviously, these recipes are no substitute for plain old H20.)
Standard guidance recommends around half your body weight in ounces of water per day.
Staying hydrated just got a lot more tasty with this summer menu of hydrating healthy recipes perfect for staying cool, refreshed and full (added bonus – all recipes are plant-based!)
Here are 7 Healthy, Hydrating Summer Recipes:
1. Refreshing Cucumber Watermelon Salad
You’d be hard pressed to name two more hydrating and summery foods than cucumber and watermelon – both with a high water content and both at their peak this time of year.
When it’s too hot to think about cooking, this Cucumber Watermelon Salad recipe from Foodie Crush is refreshing, cooling, and nutrient rich (watermelon is loaded with (cancer-fighting antioxidants and vitamins C and A).
This healthy hydrating summer recipe gets unexpected kicks like spice from jalapenos peppers and a zingy Asian-inspired sauce.
2. Piña Colada Smoothie
When it’s hot out, sometimes you just want a cool, sippable snack or meal. Smoothies are the perfect hydrating summer recipe while being endlessly versatile and easy.
Cucumber is another powerhouse hydrating ingredient.
We’re partial to this tropical explosion Piña Colada Smoothie recipe from Short Girl Tall Order that’s the next best thing possible to Piña Coladas on the beach. The hydration comes from fresh fruit juice plus plant milk and yogurt for some extra protein and fermented benefits.
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3. “TTLA” Spring Roll
Packed with fresh, hydrating veggies like lettuce, tomato, and avocado, plus healthy plant-based protein thanks to the tempeh, this vegan TTLA Spring Rolls recipe from Hey Brittney makes for a delicious healthy bite for lunch or dinner.
The rice paper wrappers are light (and gluten free!) and a zingy garlic aioli adds the perfect punch of flavor, making it the perfect go-to summer recipe.
4. Cucumber Noodles with Spicy Tahini Sauce
Zoodles were all the rage recently, but have you tried a “pasta” made from cukes? Cucumber is another powerhouse hydrating ingredient and the star of this refreshing summer recipe.
Healthy fats from the tahini combine with other simple ingredients like soy sauce and lemon juice to make a yummy, creamy sauce in this Cucumber Noodles with Spicy Tahini Sauce recipe from One Green Planet.
5. Easy Summer Vegetable Soup
For those times you’re craving something comforting and a little heartier, don’t forget about simple soups, which make for a perfect healthy recipe you can enjoy all year round.
This simple Easy Summer Vegetable Soup recipe from Connoisseurus Veg uses a medley of produce from your summer garden (or the farmer’s market) and hydrates with a simple broth base.
6. Creamsicle Chia Pudding
Chia seeds are unassuming, tiny hydrating powerhouses. They absorb up to 9-10 times their weight in water and when used in cooking, create a super fun gel-like consistency perfect for puddings.
Chia seeds are unassuming, tiny hydrating powerhouses.
This Creamsicle Chia Pudding recipe from Fed and Fit is ideal as a prep-ahead breakfast or a snack or dessert. Citrus, with it’s high water content, adds an extra splash of hydration and flavor.
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7. Watermelon Kiwi Popsicles
What’s cooler than being cool? Ice cold! In all seriousness, a hot summer is basically only fun if you’re staying chill and refreshed with plenty of frozen treats, and no list of summer recipes is complete without a DIY popsicle recipe! And bonus – this is the ultimate hydrating recipe.
This Watermelon Kiwi Popsicles recipe form The Pretty Bee made only from fresh fruit and optional added sugar, are reminiscent of childhood summers spent playing in the sprinkler (but there’s no age limit on enjoying a pop in the summer!)
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Cheers to a Well-Hydrated Summer With These Hydrating Summer Recipes!
These hydrating, healthy summer recipes will keep you fueled and ready for fun, whatever your summer plans include. We’ll raise a glass to staying hydrated, healthy, and nourished all summer long!
Which hydrating summer recipe was your favorite? Have another fave healthy summertime recipe you’d like to share? Please tell us in the comments – we love hearing from you!