Mix Festivity with Hydration
Though it might be cold and rainy outside, hydration is just as important in the winter months as it is in summer. In fact, with central heating drying us out and many people wrapped up in multiple layers of clothing, it can be even more important.
To help you fit as much water into your diet as possible, and to get you in the mood for Christmas, we’ve picked a few of our favourite water based recipes for you to try at home.
If you’re looking for a recipe that combines water with a little indulgence, jelly is the perfect dish for you. Simply dissolve some gelatine in water and add a bit of flavour using fruit cordial. To make the dish a little healthier and give it the wow factor, mix in a few pieces of fresh fruit like sliced strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. Transform the jelly into a real treat with a bit of whipped cream or ice cream and some more fresh fruit.
Festive flavoured water
If you or your family aren’t keen on plain water, flavoured water is a great way to boost your intake of H2O throughout the year. At Christmas, you can give your flavoured water a festive kick with some classic seasonal flavours. Apple slices and cinnamon sticks will give the water a great smell and a delicate flavour, orange and cranberry are also delicious or you can use mint and ginger for a fresh, crisp winter taste.
Almost all soup recipes call for a good amount of water and festive soups are no different. One of our favourites is chestnut soup. Rich, warming and perfect for cold winter nights, the soup can be made by cooking onions, garlic and chestnuts, mixing them with water and liquidising with a hand blender.
If you don’t like chestnuts, pretty much all root vegetables make great festive soups, with spiced pumpkin, roasted butternut squash and beetroot among our favourites.
As well as drinking and eating water, you can cook with it this Christmas. Steaming your veg instead of frying it will help to lower the calorie content of your Christmas roast and help you lock in the natural nutrition of your delicious winter veg. You can also boil your potatoes in water before you roast them to help make the finished spuds light, fluffy and delicious.
If you’re interested in learning more about the wonders of water, or for more ideas on how you can get more H2O into your diet, take a look around our site today