A honeydew smoothie to refresh, replenish and cool down…
This smoothie hydrates & refreshes like (almost) nothing else. Its high water and high potassium containing ingredients make it an excellent drink on hot and sticky summer days or before or after working out.
Honeydew, cucumber, mint and coconut water is all you need. If you don’t have any coconut water available, regular water is also fine, but the coconut water just perfections this smoothie. Here’s why.
Coconut water is often described as nature’s sports drink, and not for nothing. It is a natural source of electrolytes, containing 5 key ones of them: sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. Because electrolytes are lost through sweat, replenishing your body on hot days or after physical exertion is important.
The carbohydrates in fruit break down into simple sugars (fructose) in the body and provide you with instant energy. The honeydew’s high water and potassium content is effective at maintaining healthy blood pressure levels, while the copper content supports your body’s ability to repair its muscles and tissues. Just what your body might need during exercise.
Cucumber is a family of the melon and like melon, great for (re)hydration, due to its high water content. Moreover, one cup of cucumber provides 11% of your daily needs of Vitamin K, important for improving calcium absorption, which is essential for optimal bone health.
For me the pleasant scent of peppermint works as an energizer. It refreshes and cools down the body. As a bonus mint has painkilling and anti-inflammatory effects, very useful for performance, exercise and recovery.
If you’re having this smoothie as a workout snack, drink it 30-60 minutes prior to your workout, or within 30 minutes after your workout. After you’ve pushed yourself, your body is too tired to work at heavy digestion, so keeping it light within that timeframe is ideal. If you want to make this your main post-workout meal, I would say, double the size and feel free to add some protein in the form of hempseeds / hemp protein or coconutmilk, some ground flaxseed and drink it within 60 minutes after working out.
½ a honeydew – seeds removed
¼ a cucumber – sliced
a sprig of mint
1 cup of coconut water
Blend until smooth and serve in a glass or in a honeydew bowl.
With love from the Happy Earth Kitchen