Summertime – Hydration – Healthy Snacks – Your Skin

Summer is here! That means we’re all spending a lot more time outside by the pool, the beach, or even doing some hiking.

One of the easiest things to happen to people spending a lot of time outdoors is becoming dehydrated. Don’t wait until you “feel” thirsty to drink water. Keep a cup with a straw in it, if you’re by the pool or the beach. If you’re hiking keep a large container of water in your backpack and rehydrate throughout your entire time outdoors. Click here for information about dehydration.

Of course, you also want to protect your skin from UVA/UVB rays. Make sure you are not using last year’s sunscreen. Typically, sunscreens are only stable for one year. There are a few that are good for 18 months after opening.  Osmosis offers an exceptional sunscreen – Protect. Protect is lightweight and easy to spread. It can also be used as your daytime moisturizer.  Always apply your sunscreen 15 minutes prior to sun exposure and make sure to reapply after you’ve been in the water, participating in watersports or with perspiration.

If you’re looking for a cooling light snack, why not try a healthy smoothie.  I found this delicious recipe for a mango smoothie:

Mango Surprise Smoothie

Orange-hued fruits and veggies are typically carotenoid rockstars, and mango is no exception, with 2 mg of beta-carotene in each cup of the raw fruit. That’s 2,000 times the .001 mg the National Institutes of Health declares adequate for adults each day.

SERVINGS: 1

¼ c mango cubes
¼ c mashed ripe avocado
½ c mango juice
¼ c fat-free vanilla yogurt
1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
1 Tbsp sugar or stevia
6 ice cubes

COMBINE the mango, avocado, mango juice, yogurt, lime juice, sugar, and ice cubes in a blender. Process until smooth. Garnish with sliced mango or strawberry, if desired.

NUTRITION (per serving) 269 cal, 8.7 g fat, 1.3 g sat fat, 46 mg sodium, 49.5 g carbs, 5.6 g fiber, 4 g protein   (Prevention.com)

Enjoy your summer with these healthy ideas!

AUTHOR: Linda Jenkins

Linda earned her skin care license in Austin in 1999 and immediately began working in Austin at a high-end day spa. In 2000, The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa in Asheville, North Carolina, presented her an impassable opportunity. Her decision to relocate was to gain further experience and share her passion at this renowned historical resort nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She had tenure of 12 years with The Grove Park Spa family, four of which she was the Lead Esthetician.