Need a delicious way to replenish your body’s resources during the hot summer months? This delicious, paleo Mineral-Rich Electrolyte Smoothie will do the job!
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It’s getting to be that time of year down here in the south when my kids won’t play outside. That time of year also known as summer.
Yep. The perfect play outside weather in the south is October to May, after that it’s just too plain hot! Just a few minutes outside and my children are either sunburned or overheated. And while that might not sound like a huge deal, both of those can actually be quite serious.
They both cause strain on little bodies (and big ones!) and deplete them of their mineral resources. It’s important for us to replenish these minerals to keep us and our children healthy.
Wondering what an electrolyte smoothie has to do with replenishing minerals in your body? In case you’re not quite sure what electrolytes are, and why your body needs them, let me enlighten you a little.
Electrolytes are hormone-controlled chemicals produced by our bodies to stabilize and energize our cells. They include, of all things, minerals! In specific electrolytes produce sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and bicarbonate.
Delicious sources of electrolytes.
Thankfully, there are quite a few foods that are naturally full of electrolytes! During the hot summer months I like to include these natural mineral resources in a delicious electrolyte smoothie for myself and my crazy kiddos.
Coconut water contains all five minerals essential for the perfect electrolyte balance. Namely calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and sodium. Coconut water is also better at keeping your body hydrated than store-bought sports drinks that are popular for athletes and people who get overheated.
If you can’t get your hands on coconut water, and you can handle dairy, you could use milk kefir instead. Milk kefir is also high in calcium and magnesium. If you opt for using milk kefir, keep in mind that the texture and taste of the smoothie will be different than if you use coconut water.
When most people think of the benefits of citrus fruits, their minds immediately go to vitamin C. And of course citrus is a wonderful source of that necessary vitamin. But did you know that citrus fruits are also an amazing source of minerals? They’re full of potassium, calcium, and magnesium.
I usually use oranges, tangerines, and lemons for this electrolyte smoothie, but you can use whatever citrus you have on hand. Limes and grapefruit would be a fun variation, and blood oranges would be delicious, too!
Did you know that besides being a natural sweetener, honey is full of vitamins and minerals? It contains calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium, as well as niacin, thiamine, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, vitamin C & B6, and iron! Honey is an electrolyte powerhouse! It’s also anti-fungal and probiotic and is also full of phenolic acids and flavoniods (antioxidants), helping eliminate free radicals in our systems.
You might not think of bananas as a mineral-rich food, but they are! Bananas are an amazing source of potassium, and also contain magnesium.
Mineral-Rich Electrolyte Smoothie
Besides all those amazing electrolyte-rich foods, I like to include trace minerals. magnesium powder, and grass-fed, kosher gelatin to give this electrolyte smoothie a little extra boost. I use either magnesium powder, or just break open magnesium capsules and dump them in the smoothie, depending on which I happen to have on hand.
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Mineral-Rich Electrolyte Smoothie
Free from grain, gluten, eggs, dairy, and refined sugar.
- 1 c. coconut water
- 1/2 a large orange, or 2 tangerines
- the juice of 1/2 a lemon
- 2 bananas
- 6-8 drops trace minerals
- 1/4-1/2 t. magnesium powder or magnesium capsules, opened
- 2 t. gelatin (I used Perfect Supplements or Great Lakes)
- 3 T. honey
- 1 1/2 c. ice
Place all ingredients in a blender (I use my Blendtec) with the ice on top. Puree until smooth.
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