Four Highly Hydrating Recipes Including Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Chia Pudding

We know hydration is the key to younger-looking skin, an increased metabolism, and improved health, but sometimes drinking those eight glasses of water a day can be hard going. So what if we told you that you could eat your water? It is said that roughly 20% of our daily H20 intake comes from solid foods and with an array of fruits and vegetables holding both water and necessary electrolytes like potassium, eating your water really is a viable option.

To help you out, we’ve sourced four highly hydrating recipes that are as delicious as they are good for you.

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The Soup: Chicken Soup

Chicken soup can seriously hydrate you when you need it — the inclusion of sodium helps you to retain the water and carbohydrates to help your body absorb it.

Ingredients:

250g chicken breast meat, skinned and finely chopped
1 large brown onion. Halved, finely chopped
2 large parsnips, peeled, finely chopped
1 celery stick, trimmed, finely chopped
2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tsp. parsley
4 cups chicken stock
4 cups water
½ tsp. whole black peppercorns
sea salt flakes

Method:

– Combine the chicken, onion, parsnips, carrot, celery, potatoes, garlic, parsley, chicken stock, water and peppercorns in a large saucepan over medium-heat. Bring to boil.
– Reduce heat to low and cook, covered, for 40 minutes or until the vegetables are tender
– Taste and season with sea salt. Sprinkle with extra parsley an serve

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The Dessert: Choose-your-own-adventure Chia Seed Pudding

Chia seeds have the unique ability to absorb water, meaning they can prolong hydration and retain electrolytes. They also happen to make a delightful prepared-in-minutes pudding.

Ingredients:

¼ cup coconut milk
¼ cup Chia seeds
1 tbsp honey or other sweetener (or more depending on how sweet you like it)
1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
Plus any fruit or topping you desire. For example: frozen raspberries, stewed rhubarb, coconut, or poached pears

Method:

– Mix the coconut milk, chia seeds, sweetener, and vanilla extract in a medium size bowl.
– Transfer into shot glasses or small bowls
– Refrigerate for at least two hours
– Serve chilled with toppings of choice

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The Salad: Cucumber Salad with Orange-Coriander Dressing

At 96% water, the humble cucumber is one of the most hydrating vegetables around. It also contains calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, and other minerals to effectively hydrate the body.

Salad Ingredients:

1 large cucumber
¼ avocado
1 tbsp sesame seeds

Dressing Ingredients:

½ bunch of coriander chopped
½ cup Meko 100% Coconut Water
1 orange peeled
2 tbsp tahini
½ tsp tumeric powder
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp maple syrup
salt & pepper to taste

Method:

– Slice the cucumber length-wise using a peeler and place in a bowl; top with sesame seeds and avocado
– Using a hand blender mix the dressing ingredients until smooth.
– Serve together and enjoy!

Recipe courtesy Nutritionist Nikolett Toth

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The Smoothie: Coco-Nutty Green Smoothie

Believe it or not, the banana is 74% water! Our favourite yellow fruit also happens to contain high level of potassium and magnesium — both essential for hydration. This super smoothie from Nutritionist Nikolett Toth is the perfect way to rehydrate your body on waking.

Ingredients:

1 banana
1 cup Meko 100% Coconut Water coconut water
1 cup spinach leaves
2 tbsp LSA mix
a small handful of mixed nuts
1-2 dates

Method:

– Place all ingredients in a high power blender and blend for 30-60 seconds
– Pour into a glass or bowl and enjoy with a spoon!

 

 

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