Friday, July 7, 2017
When Plain Water Just Doesn't Cut It
When weather is hot and humid, any good sports dietitian will tell her athletes to keep hydrating! However, for athletes that just don't like plain water, hydration can be easier said than done. Luckily, there are other options available for those who prefer something more exciting. This blog will highlight two of my favorite alternatives to plain water.
1. Fruity Teas
When most people think of tea, they either picture a steaming hot cup at bedtime or an iced tea with lunch. But, the tea industry has really taken off - now offering all kinds of flavored teas to tickle the pallet. If you like the taste of juice, but don't want to overdo your carb intake, try to instead drink fruity teas. Raspberry or mixed berry tea brewed and then chilled are quite sweet even without anything added. For a touch of sweetness, brew with a small amount of honey and then add to cold water. If you don't know how to brew teas cold, check the box for directions (it is really quite simple!). Get creative by combining flavors of fruity tea as well. This will allow you to get a touch of sweetness without the unnecessary calories. I also love that these drinks are okay out of the refrigerator for a while for those athletes on the go.
2. Infused Water
Another great summertime sipper is plain water that has been infused with ingredients. You can purchase a special pitcher or water bottle with an internal compartment for infusing or simply toss ingredients right into your glass of water. What you add to your water depends on your preference, but some options are berries, oranges, kiwi, lemon, lime, mint or cucumber (or a combination). Again - get creative. There are several infused water recipes online as well.
Don't give up on hydration - get creative!
Your Nutrition Coach,