Electrolyte Lemonade

First, THANK YOU so much for your emails, messages and texts in response to last week's post. This was something I was nervous to share, and the positive and supportive response has been amazing.

On a lighter note, today I'm popping in with a quick, super refreshing summer drink recipe. I've talked about the importance of staying hydrated before and now that the sticky summer weather is upon us (at least for my US friends!) getting plenty of water and electrolytes in is even more crucial.

Oh yeah, electrolytes! What are those little guys anyways? An electrolyte is a substance that produces an electrically conducting solution when dissolved in water. Sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, magnesium, and phosphate are examples of electrolytes. Electrolytes play a role in some key bodily functions including:

  • help keep blood pressure levels stable

  • assist with nerve signaling

  • reduce anxiety

  • support muscle contractions and proper heart rhythm

  • bone building and strength

  • and MORE!

That all being said, it's important that we've got the proper balance of electrolytes in our bods. The main way you loose electrolytes is through sweating, which most of us do more of in the summer.

Now you DON'T need to go out and buy a bunch of Gatorade (it's packed with mostly sugar anyways!) - there are plenty of natural ways to replenish your body's electrolytes.

Here are a few natural ways to replenish lost electrolytes, naturally:

  1. Eat a potassium rich banana

  2. Drink some delicious coconut water

  3. Add a dash of quality sea salt to your water

  4. Take a magnesium supplement


You can also make yourself this delicious electrolyte lemonade! I've been making this drink a lot the past few days and I've noticed that not only am I less hungry, my sugar cravings have gone WAY down and I'm sleeping so much better. Now that's COOL!

Electrolyte Lemonade


Ingredients:

  • Filtered water

  • Juice of 1 lemon (or lime or 1/2 of a grapefruit)

  • Generous pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt

  • A few drops liquid stevia or 1 tsp raw honey

Instructions:

  1. Fill a large mason jar (32oz) or water bottle with filtered water.

  2. Add freshly squeezed citrus juice, sea salt and stevia (if using). Taste and add more juice or stevia if desired. Note: if you use honey, you'll want to dissolve it in a little bit of hot water first.

  3. Drink up!

 

 

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Spicy Citrus Tea

Tummy feeling off? Or just need something to bust through the after-dinner sweet cravings? This is the tea for you. The brightness of the citrus paired with the spiciness of the ginger and cayenne both calms belly discomfort AND sugar cravings. I like it as is, but feel free to add 1-2 tsp of raw local honey if it's a little too strong for you :)

Spicy Citrus Tea // vegan, gluten free, paleo, sugar free

Ingredients:

- 1/2 lemon, sliced

- 1/2 orange, sliced

- 1 inch knob of ginger, peeled and sliced

- generous pinch of cayenne (optional, but great for your digestion and immune system!)

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a small pot and cover with 2-3 cups of filtered water.
  2. Let simmer over medium high heat for about 10 minutes (you can let it go longer for a more concentrated flavor).
  3. Pour into a mug and ENJOY!

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Easy Broiled Salmon with Lemon Dill Yogurt Sauce

Over the past few months, I've been going, going, going, often relying on the the wonderful, healthy options that the NYC food scene has to offer, but recently I've been back in my kitchen, getting creative with new recipes and rediscovering meal prep!

This is a recipe that I've made a few times and I love it so much! Its super quick and fuss-free, yet tastes like something special you would order at a restaurant. The lemon dill yogurt sauce makes for an amazing dressing, both with the salmon and for salads.

Easy Broiled Salmon with Lemon Dill Yogurt Sauce // dairy free option, paleo

Serves 2-3

Ingredients:

  • 2 salmon fillets (I used the frozen wild caught steelhead from Trader Joe's, thawed in my fridge before cooking)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2-3 tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • 1 container thick yogurt (Greek yogurt or coconut yogurt works great)
  • 1 small Persian cucumber, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven (broil). Line a baking dish with parchment paper or foil. Place salmon fillets, skin side down, on paper or foil. Drizzle each fillet with 1 tsp olive oil and half of the lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Cook salmon. Depending on thickness, it may take anywhere from 7-10 minutes, so keep an eye on it. The salmon is done when you can flake it with a fork (i.e. it's not still raw inside!)

3. Make sauce while salmon is cooking. Whisk together yogurt, remaining lemon juice, and dill. Taste and add salt & pepper as desired. Mix in cucumber.

4. Eat! Serve salmon topped with a few tablespoons of yogurt sauce. I like to put this over a bed of greens and use the sauce as a dressing.

Fire Up Ginger Tea

The spices in this tea boost your immune system and stimulate your digestion, making it the perfect tea if you're feeling under the weather, or if you feel like you need to flush something out your system.

Fire Up Ginger Tea // vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free

Ingredients:

- water

- 1 inch fresh ginger root, sliced

- 1 tsp cinnamon (or a whole stick)

- 1/2 lemon, sliced

- dash cayenne pepper

- raw local honey (optional, to taste)

Instructions:

1. Add water, ginger, cinnamon, lemon, and cayenne to a medium pot. Bring mixture to a boil, then turn down and let simmer for 10-15 minutes.

2. Taste and add honey if desired. Enjoy hot, or let cool for a spicy iced tea. 

Note: This makes a strong tea so depending on your taste buds you may want to add more water.