Summer in Los Angeles can be relentlessly hot. I know I shouldn’t complain because it’s not nearly as muggy as the Midwest or East Coast. We sometimes have a few mild days but often it’s over 100 degrees. During this time of year, more than any other time, it’s important to stay hydrated, especially as we age. That means you should carry a bottle of water with you everywhere you go. Even if you think you’ve had enough to drink, it may not be enough. If you’re bored with water you may want to try my Cucumber and Cantaloupe Cocktail recipe featured below instead of reaching for a soda pop.
Wonderful and refreshing Cucumbers
I love cucumbers because they’re so refreshing. One of the best ways to brighten up tired eyes is to slap a couple of slices of cool cucumber on your lids for a few minutes. When you take them off, your eyes feel instantly relaxed.
A cucumber is 95% water and is super hydrating. It contains most of the vitamins your body needs every day with the nice amount of vitamin B. Eating cucumbers will help relieve bad breath and even cure a hangover.
The benefits of Cantaloupe
Cantaloupe also belongs to the cucumber family. It’s a good source of Vitamin A and helps prevent cataracts and improves vision.
My cucumber and cantaloupe summer cooler is mixed with lime juice, which is high in calcium and folate. Both are important for women over 50, because they are anti-carcinogenic, especially for cancers of the colon, stomach, and blood. They help lower cholesterol and prevent the formation of kidney stones.
If you want, add a little vodka and turn it into a refreshing summer cocktail.
- 1 large cucumber peeled or 3 Persian cucumbers unpeeled - roughly chopped
- ½ cup of fresh lime juice
- ¼ of a cantaloupe peeled and roughly chopped
- 6 large mint leaves
- 3 Tbsp of honey
- ¼ cup of water
- 10 ice cubes
- Put all ingredients into a food processor/blender.
- Blend until smooth
- Pour into glasses and spruce it up with a lime slice and mint sprig.
- Add vodka if you want to make it a cocktail.