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Maintaining good hydration as we age is vitally important for short-term and long-term health. Do your best to avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks as they work against hydration, and stay away from refreshments that contain excessive sugar, salt or potassium. Because consuming the daily amount of plain water can become repetitive and boring, we’ve provided some flavorful ways to make sure you or your loved one stays hydrated. Best yet, these recipes don’t require a lot of ingredients or work in the kitchen! Strawberries and Coconut Water Serves 2 Ingredients 3 cups coconut water 1 cup strawberries, washed, de-stemmed and sliced 1/2 tbsp. agave nectar Directions
  1. Combine coconut water, strawberries and agave nectar in blender and blend to desired consistency.
  2. Pour over ice and serve.
Cucumber Lemonade with Basil Serves 2 Ingredients 1 cucumber, peeled, deseeded and cut in half 3 lemons, cleaned and cut in halves 1 small bunch basil, cleaned 2 tbsp. agave nectar 3 cups regular water Directions
  1. Place cucumber in blender and blend on high speed.
  2. Place water in a separate, medium-sized bowl.
  3. Squeeze lemon juice into the same bowl, and remove any lemon seeds that fall into the water.
  4. Stir agave nectar and pureed cucumber into the lemon water mixture.
  5. Transfer entire mixture to serving pitcher and add basil. Refrigerate until chilled, and then serve over ice.
Each of the following infused water recipes serves 10 people and is sure to be a hit at any summer gathering! Citrus Blueberry Water Ingredients 2 oranges, peeled (if desired) and sliced thin 1 cup blueberries, rinsed and de-stemmed 1 gallon filtered water Directions
  1. Combine fruit with water.
  2. Refrigerate until chilled.
  3. Serve when chilled, either alone or over ice.
Coconut Berry Peach Water Ingredients 1 cup blueberries, rinsed and de-stemmed 1 cup blackberries 2 peaches, pitted and sliced 2 cups unsweetened coconut water 1 gallon filtered water Directions
  1. Combine fruit with water.
  2. Refrigerate until chilled.
  3. Serve when chilled, either alone or over ice.
Remember that foods which are water abundant, such as fresh fruit and green vegetables, count towards daily water requirements. Keeping our bodies cool and hydrated with refreshing drinks doesn’t require a lot of planning and food preparation, and it can be more exciting than plain water. All the recipes we’ve shared are easily adapted to individual needs and preferences, and offer a variety of tasty options. Cheers!
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