Electrolyte Balancing Watermelon Gazpacho

It's so important to stay hydrated in the summer. 
Well, year round truthfully but especially when it's you're spending time in the sunshine.


DRINK YOUR DAMN WATER PEOPLE!! 

I know that this is preachy and maybe annoying because you probably hear it all the time, but our cells NEED water to function properly. A dehydrated body is more susceptible to being grumpy,  malnourished, be weak or tired, decrease athletic performance and endurance, cause headaches, joint pain, AND increase your risk of colon, bladder or breast cancer. 

The recommended intake of 2L of water is soooo outdated. How does that make any sense? I am a petite female who weighs around 105-110lbs. My boyfriend for example weighs about 175lbs. 
So should we both be aiming to drink 2L of water per day?
NO! He weighs so much more than I do, so how does that even begin to make sense?
When I was attending the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and getting my diploma in natural nutrition, I learned that you should be drinking 1L of water per 50lbs of body weight. This guideline makes sense to me because it is based on each individual person instead of saying every human needs the same thing.


My daily water goal is usually 3L per day. That is actually MORE than the suggested intake of 1L per 50lbs of body weight. Why? Every day is different. Sometimes I go to hot yoga or have a sweaty workout, some days I'm tired and grab a cup of coffee (which is dehydrating) and sometimes I eat lots of salty chips or french fries (which is also dehydrating). All of these effect your electrolyte balance and hydration levels and should determine how much water you drink for the day.

So lets really quickly talk about electrolytes. 
Electrolytes play an important role in your body by controlling fluid balance, regulating blood pressure, helping your muscles contract (your heart for example) and maintaining correct pH levels of your blood. All of which are super duper important body functions.


Tomatoes, cucumbers and watermelon are all great examples of whole foods that help to balance electrolytes. If you're wanting a good summer appetizer or light meal to help rebalance those electrolytes, this watermelon gazpacho is a great choice. Perfect on a sunny day, perhaps accompanied with a glass of prosecco. 


Ingredients:

5 roma tomatos, cored, roughly chopped
1 english cucumber, peeled, roughly chopped
3 C cubed watermelon
1 red pepper, seeded, roughly chopped
1/4 C red onion, roughly chopped
3 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/3 C olive oil
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper 

Optional toppings: feta, brunoise cucumber, chili flakes, chiffonade basil or mint.

Directions:

Put all ingredients in a high speed blender and puree until super smooth. 

Serves 6-8 appetizer sized soups.

If using for leftovers, I suggest re-blending as separation may occur. 


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