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Watermelon Coconut Water Refresher – Super Hydration and Detox

Watermelon Coconut Water Refresher

watermelon coconut water lime detox refreshing hydrate electrolytes vegan paleoI take A LOT of hot yoga classes. If you don’t what that is, it’s a yoga class set in a room that is approximately 102 degrees with 50% humidity. I sweat buckets! As much as I try, I struggle with dehydration.

I find that plain water doesn’t go down fast for me, I don’t find it enjoyable. I drink a lot of green tea or chamomile tea, hot or cold and that seems to help me get my daily requirement of water but I just hit PAY DIRT with this Watermelon Coconut Water Refresher.

watermelon coconut water lime detox refreshing hydrate electrolytes vegan paleoI love coconut water to begin with because it is so hydrating but pair it with watermelon and a little lime juice and I turn into a drinking machine! Watermelon on it’s own is super hydrating too. Not only does this hydrate you like nothing else but it is delicious.

I sucked down a huge glass in a matter of minutes and I was still wanting more. The combination of the two has the electrolytes I need and the super hydration I require. Not only did I detoxify from all the sweating but now I’m re-hydrating AND detoxifying from this drink. It is the most refreshing drink I’ve ever had, no lie.

Best drink EVER! If you are so inclined you could add some vodka and or even make them into popsicles.

Watermelon Coconut Water Refresher - Super Hydration and Detox
 
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Recipe type: Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 3 cups cubed seedless watermelon
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 4 - 5 ice cubes
  • 1 - 2 teaspoon lime juice
  • Optional: 1 small sprig of mint
Instructions
  1. Combine everything in a blender until all is liquid and combined.
  2. Put a straw in that bad boy and drink up!!!
  3. *I've made this without the lime and mint and it's just as refreshing.

 

Red and Orange Bell Pepper Candy

Red and Orange Bell Pepper Candy

I’m sure you are trying to wrap your head around the idea of red and orange bell peppers being candy. They aren’t EXACTLY candy but they are very candy-like.

Only 2 ingredients, sweet, crunchy, healthy, full of nutrients, paleo and gluten-free. Holla!

I use red and orange bell peppers because they are naturally sweeter than the green ones. I hardly ever eat the green ones, I just prefer the flavor of the red, yellow or orange peppers better.

bell pepper red orange candy maple syrup organic vegetable fiber antioxidant dehydrate crunchy snack

Once again I used my most favorite of all kitchen appliances, my trusty dehydrator. I love this thing. I not only like it because I can make all natural snacks like my dried citrus slices, but if you are a “prepper” in any capacity, the opportunity to dry and store food is there too.

This tasty snack is not only easy but is:

  • Paleo
  • Gluten-Free
  • High in vitamin C and vitamin A
  • Contains a significant amount of vitamin B6
  • Good source of fiber
  • Low Calorie
  • Good source of lycopene (has been shown to lower risk of certain cancers)
  • Has antioxidants
  • Contain lutein (a phytonutrient that has been proven to have a protective benefit against macular degeneration)

Those are pretty impressive stats for a simple snack. That’s the way good food should be.

Because dehydrating is done at such a low temperature, the foods dried retain most of their nutrients whereas food heated at high temperatures tend to lose a lot of nutrients.

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Such a simple recipe packed with nutritional value. I can easily eat 2 bell peppers in one snacking episode. That’s a lot of nutrition in a crunchy sweet treat. Now that’s MY kind of snack.

I only had 2 bell peppers to use but my dehydrator could have easily dried 6 which would have given me a lot more snack inventory. You can adjust the recipe very easily to make as much as you would like.

If you have a lot of little hands in the house, make as many as you can because they are addicting and they will go fast.

Red and Orange Bell Pepper Candy
 
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Red and Orange Bell Pepper Candy
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Recipe type: Snack, Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-Free
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 organic red bell pepper
  • 1 organic orange bell pepper
  • 3 tablespoons organic maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Wash bell peppers and slice into strips about ⅓ to ¼ inch.
  2. Place sliced peppers in a dish and pour maple syrup over it. Massage syrup into pepper strips.
  3. Cover and marinate in fridge for a couple of hours.
  4. Place strips on dehydrator trays without them touching each other and set temperature to 125 degrees for 24 hours.
  5. Check on them after about 20 hours by taking one out and letting it cool to see how dry it is. They should be crunchy and brittle, enough that someone else can hear it when you eat it. If they are not dried enough, the moisture trapped inside can go rancid so you want to make sure they are good and dried.
  6. If they aren't all the way dried, continue drying for as long as necessary. Mine took the whole 24 hours.

 

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