Monday, July 14, 2014

Fast, Fun, and Fabulous PoTSy Summer Drink Recipes

Hi, everyone! Hope your summer is off to a great start. I will be doing a lot of interesting posts in the upcoming weeks and months, some really exciting stuff ahead, so stay tuned... 


If you're all like me, PoTS hits hardest in the summer when the heat picks up. I am a big proponent of ample hydration and salt intake, along with getting plenty of other electrolytes, but the same-old stuff can get rather boring. I've spiced things up a bit and created some PoTSy-rific drinks to help stave off the summer heat and help with your flare-ups. Enjoy! (And, nope, I'm not a doctor, so this isn't medical advice.) These drinks are all very easy to whip up and contain lots of good stuff for those of us with PoTS and even EDS.

Some of the recipes contain fancy salts. You can buy flavored salts at Whole Foods or Trader Joe's, or other stores like those. If you can't get flavored salts or don't want to wait, just use the chunky sea salt you have at home.



PoTSy-rita:

  • Roughly 1 cup cold coconut water (I like VitaCoco brand)
  • 1/2 or 1 tsp agave nectar, to taste (I like to use raw agave, I use 1/2 tsp)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Ice
  • Large flake or chunk plain sea salt

Place salt on plate. Dip rim of glass in water. Place wet-rimmed glass into salt to coat edge of glass. Carefully pour lime juice and agave nectar into glass without removing salt. Mix until combined. Drop in handful of ice cubes. Top off "syrup" with coconut water. Mix with spoon. Garnish with lime (optional). Make sure to eat the salt on the rim as you drink the "margarita". Enjoy!

Why this recipe is awesome: It contains coconut water, which is hydrating and full of electrolytes --- great for PoTS, agave nectar instead of sugar or corn syrup (low on the glycemic index, so no sugar crashes), lime juice which is full of vitamin C and great for EDS, and salt which is important for PoTS.




Smoky Salted Watermelon Slush:

  • 1 cup seedless watermelon (or seeds removed, if needed)
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • Juice 1/2 lime
  • 1/2-1 tsp smoked sea salt (I prefer 1 tsp, especially if it is smoked salt; important to give it that smoky flavor, but if you can't get, still good with regular salt. I do recommend trying to find some smoked salt though, if you are able. It is amazing on all sorts of things, especially in this recipe.)

Place all items in blender and blend just until smooth, but not too much that it melts everything. Drink up with a fat straw. It's like watermelon, meets tang, meets campfire...and it goes together very well. I know the drink sounds a little strange, but it is one of my favorites. Give it a try!

Why this recipe is awesome: This contains salt, which is important for PoTS patients, and also fluids to keep you hydrated. In addition, the vitamin C from the lime is great for EDS and the watermelon helps your body get rid of toxins. This is a great drink to start off the day with - especially from a detox standpoint.




ULTIMAte Elixir Slush:

  • 1 cup cold coconut water (I like VitaCoco brand)
  • 1 cup ice
  • Juice 1/2 lime
  • 1 packet or scoop of lemon flavored Ultima Replenisher (this amazing electrolyte drink I will be posting about soon can be purchased directly from Amazon via my Life with EDS store)
  • Bamboo jade sea salt (or regular sea salt if you don't have this)

Place salt on plate. Dip rim of glass in water. Place wet-rimmed glass into salt to coat edge of glass. Put the rest of the ingredients (everything but the salt) into a blender and blend until smooth; don't over-blend and melt it too much though. Pour into salt-rimmed glass and garnish with lime (optional). Enjoy! Make sure to eat the salt on the rim as you drink.

Why this recipe is awesome: This contains coconut water which is full of electrolytes --- great for PoTS, lime juice for vitamin C, salt which is important for PoTS, and Ultima, a potent, powerful mix of electrolytes that is like a super healthy "Gatorade". This is one serious slushie!




Bananarama Smoothie:

Note: You really have to like bananas to enjoy this drink.

  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 cup cold coconut water (I like VitaCoco brand)
  • Juice 1/2 lime
  • 1 banana

Place all items in blender and go to town. Pour into glass and enjoy.

Why this recipe is awesome: This contains coconut water, which has your electrolytes, and added potassium from the banana, along with vitamin C from the lime. 



In addition to adding some fun recipes to your routine, try getting more fluids in your body by adding a natural flavor-enhancer to your water. Either drop in some lemon, lime, cucumber, or fruits, or just drop an ounce of juice (like orange or apple) in a big mostly-full water bottle. It will give you a little flavor burst while still keeping you chugging down the pints. :)

Happy sipping! 
xo
dani

7 comments:

Dani said...

These are great! What could be a substitute for the coconut water, though? I'm allergic!

Vegan Danielle Davis said...

@Dani - good question, I am not sure... The watermelon one is coconut free so that one would be great for you. The rest...I would say try using Ultima Replenisher lemon flavor (make it using one scoop or packet of Ultima Replenisher, available through Amazon in the LifeWithEDS store, and 16 oz water, not 8 oz like it calls for), then use that in whatever recipe. It will be a very mild citris flavor, very mild, which is what you need for the recipes...just a mild background letting the other ingredients be the stars. Plus Ultima is a great way to get in the electrolytes. I will be doing a post on it in a few weeks if you are interested, but if you want to know about it beforehand, just go to the store and check it out or go to their website (but don't buy it there, it's way too expensive directly through them!). :) Hope that helps! xoxo dani

Katlyn Constance said...

This almost made me tear up a bit cause this is my first year dealing with heavy syncope symptoms with my EDS III. I think it's because it's been a srruggle and I've been out of work and stressed about its impact on my life, so seeing an uplifting post from someone like me just cheered up my week. Even though that's probably silly.

-Katlyn Constance Katastrophe

p.s.
I live on Vita Coco. Its what keeps me going!

Click here for Colonoscope said...

Looks so good. I have always wondered how watermelon would taste as smoothie. Let me give this a try.

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Straight forward and very easy to put together. Nice smoothies.

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How many calories does this smoothie have?

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