Maintaining a healthy and dewy glow during the hotter summer months starts from within. Feeling energized instead of sluggish in the heat also depends on getting the right nutrition.
A combination of water, electrolytes and antioxidants are a few areas to focus on to support skin cell regeneration and protect against summertime dehydration + sun damage. Consuming foods that have a “cooling” effect on the body, such as mint, cucumber and watermelon is also important.
The good news is that hydrating yourself doesn’t have to only come from the good ole H.2.O. Certain fruits and vegetables that have a high water content are abundant during the summer time and are perfectly packaged by nature to include everything your body (and your skin) needs to thrive. These ingredients are also rich in electrolytes such as potassium and skin protecting antioxidants such as lycopene to give your body that extra “something” it craves.
Get ready to enjoy the flavors of summer with this recipe that’ll quickly become a new favorite in your household.
2 cups chopped seedless watermelon
2 cups chopped English cucumber
1 tablespoon freshly chopped mint leaves
¼ of a lime, juiced (plus more to taste)
1/8 – ¼ teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
Optional chili powder or black pepper for garnish
Combine watermelon, cucumber, mint, lime, salt and optional pepper to a large mixing bowl. Taste and add more lime as desired. Serve as a refreshing summer snack alongside a glass of grass-fed Kefir or a handful of raw nuts or with a piece of grilled fish or chicken for a light dinner. Recipe keeps for 2 days. Enjoy!
Copyright 2016, S. Sammartino, Original Recipe