Watermelon and Cucumber Mocktail for the whole family!

Watermelon and Cucumber Mocktail

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While the summer so far may not have been exactly sweltering, let’s look on the bright side – we have had some sunny days, the temperatures are comfortable and maybe we’re all sleeping a little better than we were last year when the mercury tipped 40 degrees!

Hot or not, we still need to be mindful about ensuring we stay well hydrated during the warmer months. Nearly two-thirds of our body is composed of water and to keep it functioning at its best, we need a constant supply of water to keep our system replenished. During the summer, we need to increase our intake as we lose a lot of water and electrolytes when we sweat (which happens when trying to stay cool). Staying hydrated is a great way of reducing urinary tract infections. While dehydration is not necessarily a cause of a UTI, it is a risk factor that will contribute to bacterial growth.

Each person’s water requirements may vary, but the general rule is to keep sipping water at regular intervals, and not wait till you’re thirsty to do it. I keep emphasising this to my mum and she now does it. She has her special Cath Kidston glass that she keeps just for her water.  Not everyone enjoys downing glass after glass of water, so for those of you looking for different ways to drink water and make a beverage choice that still satisfies your tastebuds, looks appealing, and quenches your thirst, we have designed this super refreshing and hydrating Watermelon and Cucumber Mocktail.

Opt for wholesome ingredients

Watermelon is undoubtedly an iconic summer fruit; during a recent family holiday to Mallorca, my granddaughter, Jessie and I ate locally produced, deliciously sweet pieces of watermelon by the bowlful! So refreshing in the sunshine! What better  ingredient to turn into a refreshing and hydrating juice? With natural sweetness, our Watermelon and Cucumber Mocktail makes a perfect summer treat. Skip the bottled juices made from concentrated juice and unhealthy added sweeteners, colours and flavours. When you make homemade juices and smoothies, they’re guaranteed to be 100% fresh juice with no added sugar or anything else you don’t want – just pure refreshing, healthy goodness. Our recipe is super quick and simple to make, with just a few all natural, nutrient-dense ingredients. Let Mother Nature support your hydration levels this summer!

Watermelon and cucumber – bursting with health benefits!

Because they are 92 – 98% water, watermelons are great for hydration. They contain a significant amount of vitamin A, B6, antioxidants, amino acids and a specific powerful phytonutrient called lycopene. Lycopene is why watermelon is red. Lycopene has been linked with heart health, bone health, prostate cancer prevention and more. It’s also a powerful antioxidant thought to have anti-inflammatory properties. Read this Live Science article for more great information on the health benefits of watermelon.

A botanical relative of watermelon, cucumbers are another great hydrator, made up of 96% water. No wonder they taste extra good in summertime. Cucumbers may protect our brains, reduce cancer risks, manage stress and support digestive health.

Do be aware that some cucumbers come waxed. This wax is a natural coating that helps protect fruits from the environment and extends their shelf life. Despite its benefits, there are a few reasons why you might want to remove the wax from your fruit before eating it.

For one, fruit wax can make fruits more difficult to digest. It can also trap pesticides and other chemicals on the surface of the fruit. And finally, wax can change the taste and texture of fruit, making it less enjoyable to eat. The easiest and most effective way to remove wax from your cucumber before making the mocktail is to soak it in warm water for approximately two minutes before gently scrubbing it with a soft cloth.

As you strive to make proper hydration a priority this summer, your skin, hair, and nails will look better for it. It also helps to regulate your body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure; it helps lubricate your joints, flush waste and prevent several health risks that can be triggered by dehydration.

We hope you enjoy this delicious mocktail – drink up and stay well hydrated!

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