18 February 2015

Mermaid Sparkle: Tricks To Stay Hydrated

Pop that water bottle down girl! Either you've just wolfed down a family pack of smokey pork scratchings (Resolutions? What resolutions?!) or you're about to get yourself acquainted with the hiking trails of LA's Runyon Canyon Park. As delightful as both those options sound, you're going to be peeing like Niagra Falls the rest of the afternoon so let us take the reins & indulge you in some clever creative tricks on keeping yourself hydrated without chugging from the bottle!

Now that the big day of schmoozy romance is done & dusted doesn't mean that all our beautifying preening efforts also have to say adios!
Keep yourself in tip top, mouth-dropping & tongue salivating radiance with these following tips & you'll be glowing like a firefly from dawn till dusk!

Get your lips firmly round a stick

No we're not talking about that kind of stick you filthy scamp, get your head out of the 50 shades zone! We're talking about you munching your socks off a load of cucumber sticks! They're cheap, quick to prepare, incredibly versatile & made up of about 95% water so munching on one of these babies will keep you hydrated as well..ya'know, chugging a glass of water! Marvellous!

Instead of mooching round your local Topshop with this crunchy crispy stick wedged in your mouth, why not hit up pinterest for some creative inspiration! Loaded with inventive recipes, you'll be smugly passing on your enviable knowledge to friends that'll leave you feeling cool as a cucumber!

Ideas for the kitty: Whiz it up in your juicer alongside some sweet fruit for a thirst-quenching hydration hit, infuse it in a mug of herbal tea or icy lemon juice, slice it up in a smoked salmon cream-cheese bagel or chop it up for a crunchy burst in a herby quinoa salad.

Snack Attack: Dive into your fruit bowl

Now has never been a better time to get yourself stocked up on all the fresh fruit & veggies parading about in the supermarkets. With healthy recipes cropping up left, right & centre on all forms of social media, it's hard not to be sheep & follow suit! To get you down the fresh produce aisles quicker than you thought possible is knowing that they're stuffed full of the mermaid tipple of juice: hydrating H2O!
Berrylicious beauties pack a punch of 85-92% of the good stuff, apples falling in with a mighty 85%, peppers are filled with a stonkin' 92% water & carrots hitting up an impressive 87% H2O.
The winner of your fruit bowl is the bad boy watermelon! Filled with an abundance of water, this mischievous melon is one giant ball of perfection to get filling up on!

Top tip: When shopping for your vitamin-packed water goodies, look out for melons that are fairly heavy (loaded with the good stuff!) & make a hallow sound when you give them a good grope!

Get on the Chia hype

It seems that every time you log onto Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or even pop into your nearest Holland & Barret there's one product your beady little eyes just can't escape: Chia Seeds. Notoriously versatile, these little magic drops can be sprinkled, dropped, scattered, simmered & stirred into just about anything & everything! These beauties are fabulously healthy & can make your journey to sparkling hydration disgustingly easy! They're thirsty little morsels & expand up to 10x their original size when plopped into water delivering you a hydration bomb when you consume them!

Top tip: Make sure you soak chia seeds before you consume them to get a hit of the good stuff otherwise you'll find yourself even more of a parched madam as the seeds will start slurping up what little water you have sloshing around inside you!

Channel your inner LA babe

Always dreamt of waltzing around with that laid-back boho ease of LA girls? Think that their glowing complexions, swishy glossy manes & lean, limbered & bronzed pins are simply down to the gene Gods? Oh no! The secret to their enviable halo of sunshine is that these foreign babes are up to speed on their daily H2O quota! Always on the go, tottering from up-town to down-town, they make sure that a bottle of the crystal holy water is always snuggled in their MK tote bags. But let's face it, when you scarper to Pret in your lunch break, it's not going to be the saintly evian bottle that finds its way into your stressed grip! To keep it healthy, keep it appetising, fun, creative & well, hydrating why not get your clever juices flowing & start squeezing yo lemons!

You don't need to carry round a bottle of boring plain water, chuck in some berries, cucumber, lemon slices, orange segments, melon chunks & you've got yourself a yummy concoction of exotic hydration!

Freeze your coconuts off!

What is it with you & your dirty imagination today?! Keep your coconuts toasty in your VS lacy number & treat yourself to a whopping potassium hit of electrolytes & B-vitamins by popping some coconut water into an ice-cube tray & freeze so that you can plop these icy blobs of goodness into your tipple of choice - a cocktail, your make-shift fruity water, a smoothie or even a wonderfully hydrating homemade melon slushy nice-cream! All the yumminess with an added side of fabulous hydration!

Hold your nose & chomp on some Cauliflower

We know it smells like the lingering aroma that permeates your brushed-cotton sofa set after your nan's been for her weekly Sunday visit but this funky looking veggie nestles in with a cheeky 92% water punch! It delivers it's finest goods when devoured in all its raw glory but to lessen the reminiscent blow of a sense explosion, why not try your hand at making some cauliflower rice or even a cauliflower pizza base! Whiz up the tree heads in a food processor & you're left with a fluffy pile of water-drenched goodness that'll compliment the spicy juices of your lamb rogan josh better than any goods of Uncle Ben's! Simple, easy, nourishing & scrummy!

Happy Hydrating!

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[Photo Source Inspiration: Pinterest]

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