As summer starts and the temperature rises, staying hydrated becomes more important than ever. Besides just drinking water, there are more things you can do to keep yourself hydrated and healthy in the heat.
Most sports drinks boast they hydrate better than water and replace the electrolytes you lose during exercise. What they fail to mention is that a 20 oz bottle has 34 grams of sugar! You’re most likely already aware sugar is bad for your health, but did you know drinks with high sugar content can also contribute to water loss? Instead try drinking coconut water. Coconut water is a natural source of electrolytes like potassium, calcium, sodium, manganese and magnesium. These minerals will hydrate you efficiently and provide you with the nutrients your body needs.
Have you been working out to get in shape for summer? As it warms up you will need to exercise extra caution during your workouts. Don’t just drink water during exercise, but be sure to drink before and after as well. When it comes to alcohol, avoid drinking the day of and day before exercise as the combination of the alcohol and exercise can leave you dangerously dehydrated.
Summer can seem like a great time to enjoy salty things like hot dogs, popcorn, and fried food. They are okay in moderation, but it’s especially important to watch your salt intake in the heat since sodium contributes to fluid loss in your body. Also, keep a close eye out for pre-packaged, canned, and frozen meals because they tend to have more salt in them than you would expect!
Drinking isn’t the only way to stay hydrated! Try filling your plate with water based foods like watermelon, cucumber, strawberries, lettuce, and coconut. You will not only increase hydration, but get the added nutritional benefits of these fruits and vegetables.
Need an extra boost of hydration? Try our Green Tea +C! This effervescent drink mix gets its nutrients from real foods like acerola cherry, coconut water, ginger and turmeric–not synthetic vitamins.
It’s here!!! We’ve finally introduced our very own matcha! This vibrant, easy to make green tea is chock full of amazing benefits and thought to have a positive effect on everything from moods and metabolism, to disease prevention and oral hygiene. We’ve long been enthusiasts of this powdered green superfood, starting with our green tea mints, and now, we’re excited to be venturing into the “purer” stuff.
Matcha is a Japanese green tea in which shade-grown leaves are stone ground into a fine powder, making it possible to consume the whole leaf as an instant drink mix of sorts. And since you’re not throwing out any leaves post-steeping, this vegetal, vibrant tea packs in way more antioxidants than its traditionally infused counterparts. Hands down, matcha beats loose leaf every time.
Like leather goods, wine, chocolate, etc. there’s a definitive quality scale in place when it comes to matcha. At the lowest end, the tea can be bitter, brownish, and overall not fantastic. The other end of the spectrum boasts a smooth sweet tea with a striking bright green color. To keep things simple we’re offering a couple of options that strike a balance between taste and price.
This is the green stuff your favorite matcha goodies are made of; cookies, cakes, ice creams, you name it. Not to mention, a whole subsection of Pinterest thrives on this stuff. Typically bitter, with a tinge of brownness, culinary matcha works best in combination with confectionary ingredients.
Generally speaking, culinary grade isn’t the best quality. And while we don’t exactly recommend culinary matcha as a stand alone beverage (unless you like things on the bitter side) it’s still a great way to bake some green tea benefits into your day to day routine. It’s not all about sweets either, try boosting the antioxidant factor in your favorite savories too; soups, noodles, rice, the list goes on…
Definitely more of a “drinking matcha” this is a really GREEN green tea. Great on its own, premium matcha is a bit more expensive than its culinary counterpart, has a sweet, grassy flavor and doesn’t need to be dressed up with flour, sugar and milk products. Mix with water or your favorite type of milk for a quick and easy green tea fix.
There’s an easy way and a traditional (but still relatively easy) way:
The Easy Way - Mix ½ to 1 tsp. matcha with 1 tbsp. water in a cup to make a smooth paste. Stir in 8 oz steaming hot water. Use a fork or whatever utensil you have on hand.
The Traditional Way - Sift 1 to 2 bamboo spoons in a matcha bowl. Pour in 4 oz steaming hot water. Rapidly beat with bamboo whisk in a zigzag pattern until smooth and frothy. That’s it.
For ceremonial green tea with more casual pricing, check out http://www.senchanaturals.com/collections/matcha and start adding some healthy green tea benefits to all your favorite recipes.