Gazpacho....cold soup for a hot summer

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HYDRATION


One of the more important things you can do for yourself is stay well hydrated.

Plenty of things make us dehydrated:


☀️Heat

🤾‍♀️Exercise

☕️Coffee

🍷Alcohol

🧂Salty foods

🧃Not drinking enough water

🥵Excess sweat, especially relevant if you are peri-menopausal and suffer from night sweats

🥦And one thing people often don’t know is that the more fibre you eat the more you need to drink to keep bowels working optimally


So here are a few important tips to help you stay hydrated:


💦 Try adding citrus, cucumber, ginger or even strawberries to your water is delicious


💦 If you aren’t great at drinking water there are loads of fruit and vegetables that have over 90% water content:

watermelon, cucumber, radishes, celery, citrus, tomatoes to name a few!!

💦If you’re out and about and looking for refreshment, coconut water is incredibly hydrating


💦Don’t forget to carry your water bottle, which you can now fill up at water fountains @refillhq


💦Iced green tea, super refreshing and a double whammy: hydrating and also high in antioxidants. Many people find green tea quite bitter but surprisingly when you have it cold it becomes more palatable.

💦Cold soups like gazpacho are lovely options for a hot summer day

Recipe:

For best results you need a super high speed blender to make this the perfect texture.


4 large ripe tomatoes

1 mini cucumber

1 red pepper

2 cloves garlic

A tbsp red wine vinegar

2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil

1 jar of passata

1 tsp vegetable stock

Salt and pepper

Ice and water


Optional extras

Red chilli

Fresh basil or parsley


Blend and keep in fridge

You can add all sorts of things on top for a delicious fresh taste.

Here I diced cucumber and red pepper, fresh parsley and dill, and made some croutons from wholemeal sourdough


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