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Cool Food and Drink Ideas to Help Beat the Heat


Dehydration is a real threat to North Texans this summer. With this long stretch of triple-digit heat, it is important to guard our bodies against dangerous losses of water and electrolytes. This can be accomplished by replenishing our sodium and potassium supplies with water, oral electrolyte solution, or these cool options:


Orange Mint Water

Add orange slices and mint to your water for a refreshing “cool off” drink! Oranges have more than 200 milligrams of potassium per cup, which helps to replenish the body.


Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie

From the kitchen of Café Charles in the Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Dallas:

Ingredients:

  • 8 strawberries, hulled
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek Yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 6 cubes ice, crushed

Directions:

In a blender combine strawberries, milk, yogurt, sugar and vanilla. Toss in the ice. Blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into glasses and serve.

Strawberries have more than 200 milligrams of potassium per cup, which helps to replenish the body.


Quick and easy electrolyte replenishment: Orange Juice or Low-fat Chocolate Milk

If you’ve been outdoors playing or working hard in this heat, enjoy a glass of orange juice or low-fat chocolate milk along with your normal water-drinking routine. Both drinks contain a good amount of potassium and sodium, which are easily lost on hot days.

 

Stephanie Dean, RD, LD
Baylor Outpatient Nutrition Counseling