Staying hydrated is imperative to surviving the crazy hot weather we are experiencing in the Philadelphia area. It’s the type of weather that makes showering almost pointless because the wall of humidity that hits you as you step out the door is oppressive. I drink a lot of water during the day but it can become cumbersome and boring to stay hydrated with just water. One of the ways I like to switch it up is to make a fruit smoothie.
This month, as part of the Secret Recipe Club, I was assigned the blog A Scientist in the Kitchen. There are a ton of tempting recipes by Gay a.k.a. A Scientist in the Kitchen, but I was focused on something that would keep me hydrated. I’ve bookmarked several of her recipes to make once the heat wave subsides. Gay, who is a corn breeder who lives in Thailand, notes in her bio that science and cooking are her two passions which is evidenced by the variety of creative recipes she features on her site such as Thai-style catfish salad, Nagoya-style fried chicken and Oriental pork loin tortilla wrap.
Gay has a fun smoothie recipe that calls for pea shoots. I could not find them but I’ll be on the lookout for them in the future. Her recipe is incredibly easy and can easily be adapted to whatever fruit you have on hand. Don’t be afraid to experiment with various combinations of fruit.
I added 1/2 teaspoon of instant espresso to my smoothie to get a little kick of caffeine. I do this quite often post-workout. I feel like it doesn’t dehydrate as much as a cup of coffee.