Drink Up

JULY 2011: DRINK UP

By Nutritious Life

Bloating

Heading to a pool party and looking to show off that hard earned bikini bod? Since research shows that bloating affects up to 30% of the population, reducing that belly bloat is top of mind for many of us this bathing suit season. Instead of downing a carbonated beer, which can cause bloating, try sipping a homemade rosemary infused cucumber lemonade.  You can Chilled Chilled cucumbers and fresh lemon juice help keep you cool and both are rich sources of vitamin C, which will help reduce swelling and bloating.  Rosemary is abundant in the summer months and has antioxidant properties important for fighting aging.  Think drinking less will help stop bloating?  Think again!  Dehydration can actually worsen the bloat as your body tries to hold on to water.  If that wasn’t reason enough to load up on water during these hot days, research shows that when you’re adequately hydrated, your metabolism functions at its best, which can aid in weight loss.

NLT: You don’t need to be an experienced mixologist to create this delicious non-alcoholic concoction. Simply follow the directions for one of our favorite Rosemary-Infused Cucumber Lemonade recipes from EatingWell.com:
Ingredients:
3 large cucumbers
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary, plus 4 sprigs for garnish
1 cup water
1/2 cup lemon juice
3 tablespoons agave syrup

Instructions:
1. Cut 12 thin slices of cucumber for garnish.
2. Peel and chop the rest of the cucumber; transfer to a food processor, add rosemary and puree. Pour the puree through a fine-mesh strainer set over a medium bowl or large measuring cup. Press on the solids to extract all the juice. Add water, lemon juice and agave syrup to the cucumber juice; stir until the agave is dissolved. Divide among 4 ice-filled glasses. Garnish with cucumber slices and rosemary sprigs. (Makes 4 servings).