Summer is arguably the best time of year to be outside thanks to the warm weather and extended hours of sunlight. However, the sun’s rays, heat, and humidity can take a toll as you sweat out the fluid your body needs to function. Staying hydrated in the summer can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to mean guzzling water all day long. There are lots of flavorful ways to get your fluids this summer. We’ve put together a list of three hydrating hacks for longer days outside.

Start With a Shake or Smoothie

Starting your day off with a shake or smoothie is a great way to boost your hydration levels before you even head outdoors. Shakes and smoothies have a naturally high water content and typically contain fresh fruit, which adds antioxidants and natural electrolytes to help with fluid balance.

This strawberries ‘n cream matcha protein shake naturally contains a small caffeine boost in the form of matcha powder that will help get your day going without dehydrating you. Just blend frozen banana, matcha powder, dairy or nondairy milk of choice, non-fat Greek yogurt, frozen strawberries, ice, and strawberries & cream protein powder. The high protein content will help fuel your day and give you the energy you need to last outside, while the extra hydration will help keep you feeling your best.

Mix in a Mocktail

Alcohol can rapidly start to dehydrate you in the summer sun, especially if you have more than a drink or two. We recommend mixing in a mocktail during the day in order to boost hydration without putting a damper on the festive atmosphere. 

These blueberry mojito spritzers are made with berry Hydro Boost Rapid Hydration Mix hydration drink mix, pomegranate juice, sparkling water, and fresh mint, and are easy to whip up quickly. Whether you choose to sip on them all day long or mix them as alcoholic beverages, the electrolytes contained in the Hydro Boost hydration drink mix will help replenish the electrolytes your body naturally loses while sweating. 

Integrate Ice Cream

We bet you never thought you’d hear the day when eating ice cream was actually recommended for your wellness, did you? Well, this vegan chocolate banana “nice” cream can actually help you stay hydrated during the dog days of summer. Made with creamy chocolate fudge protein powder, protein almond milk, frozen bananas, cocoa powder, and vanilla, this sweet treat helps keep you hydrated in two ways. 

First, the high water content in the almond milk and frozen bananas provides fluids to replenish what you lost. Second, the high potassium content in the bananas helps replace potassium, an important electrolyte that your body can lose while you sweat. Without enough potassium, your body struggles to maintain the proper balance of fluids, so add an extra scoop (or two)!