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15 Plant-Based Recipes That Are Deliciously Refreshing and Hydrating!

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Between 60 and 70 percent of your body weight is made up of water, but you’re constantly losing water through breathing, urine, and sweat. Studies have shown that athletes can lose up to two quarts of water per hour! But don’t reach for that glass of water just yet. A 2009 study at the University of Aberdeen Medical School showed that eating water-rich fruits and vegetables post-workout re-hydrated the body better than water or sports drinks (in fact, they may be up to twice as effective as water!) because they contain not just liquids but also vitamins, minerals, and natural sugars.

Watermelon is 92% water, cucumber is 96% water, and apples have 92%! So enjoy these delicious recipes from our Food Monster App, and prepare to get hydrating this summer, the edible way!

Watermelon:

1. Watermelon TartareWatermelon Tartare

This fresh and beautiful Watermelon Tartare is perfect for hot summer days, especially as a snack or party appetizer. he citrus juice combined with sesame seeds and soy sauce or tamari gives it a delicious umami flavor that’s unforgettable.

2. Watermelon Gazpacho With Beet NoodlesWatermelon Gazpacho With Beet Noodles

For the ultimate summer lunch, try your hand at this Watermelon Gazpacho With Beet Noodles. It’s healthy, packed with water, and of course, it’s very easy to make.

3. Summer Watermelon SaladSummer Watermelon Salad

For a great summer salad, try this Summer Watermelon Salad! It’s a light salad with a light vinaigrette but has lots of nutrients from the hemp seeds, chia seeds, and walnuts.

4. Watermelon ‘Sashimi’Watermelon ‘Sashimi’

This Watermelon ‘Sashimi’ is a unique, cooling appetizer. It’s a vibrant and refreshing twist on sushi, drizzled with a sweet taste of agave.

5. Watermelon FroséWatermelon Frosé

For a deliciously cooling and sweet dessert, try this Watermelon Frosé! Put a fruity spin on the drink by adding in chunks of frozen watermelon to make it extra frosty.

Cucumber:

1.Chilled Cucumber Soup With Pico De GalloChilled Cucumber Soup With Pico De Gallo

This Chilled Cucumber Soup With Pico De Gallo is truly perfect for summer, and for getting some much-needed water in. The silken tofu also gives this purée a smooth and velvety texture.

2. Cucumber KimchiCucumber Kimchi

Have you ever had kimchi like this? Cucumber Kimchi is a super simple condiment that adds all of the spice and tang of kimchi but only takes about 20 minutes to make ­­­– no fermenting necessary!

3. Black Bean Hummus Stuffed Cucumber RollsBlack Bean Hummus Stuffed Cucumber Rolls

These Black Bean Hummus Stuffed Cucumber Rolls are perfect for impromptu gatherings or quick dinners.  These rolls are so healthy, rich in potassium, and most importantly, delicious!

4. Cucumber Noodles With Spicy Tahini SauceCucumber Noodles With Spicy Tahini Sauce

For a deliciously healthy dinner, try our Cucumber Noodles With Spicy Tahini Sauce. Cucumber is one of the best foods for weight loss, skin health and overall healing. Tahini is a great source of healthy fats, is the base of this sauce that has a rich, creamy texture and just the right amount of spice!

5. Kimchi Cucumber and Avocado SushiKimchi Cucumber and Avocado Sushi

This Kimchi Cucumber and Avocado Sushi is a delicate balance – the cucumbers offer the freshness, avocados offer the creaminess and finally, the kimchi adds just the right sourness and punch of flavor.

Apples:

1. Kabocha Squash Soup With Apples and Cashew CremaKabocha Squash Soup With Apples and Cashew Crema

This Kabocha Squash Soup With Apples and Cashew Crema has spiced cashews make a terrific, crunchy garnish that perfectly contrasts the creamy, sweet kabocha base.

2. Green Apple Tahini QuinoaGreen Apple Tahini Quinoa

This Green Apple Tahini Quinoa is a unique take on a quinoa dish. This salad is unique, fruity, and so rich with different textures and flavors.

3. Cinnamon Apple French ToastCinnamon Apple French Toast

For a hearty breakfast, you’ll love this Cinnamon Apple French Toast recipe! Vegan french toast just got a whole lot easier with this recipe!

4. Apple, Pecan, and Cinnamon Overnight OatsApple, Pecan, and Cinnamon Overnight Oats

These Apple, Pecan, and Cinnamon Overnight Oats is a classically good combo, but for good reason! The cinnamon adds a lovely warming spice, making this flavor combo perfect.

5. Cinnamon Apple SmoothieCinnamon Apple Smoothie

For a light, healthy and go-to morning beverage, try a Cinnamon Apple Smoothie! Cinnamon has some great health benefits and has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities.

If you enjoy recipes like this, we highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App, it’s available for both Android and iPhone and has free and paid versions. The app is loaded with thousands of allergy-friendly & vegan recipes/cooking tips, has hundreds of search filters and features like bookmarking, meal plans and more! The app shows you how having diet/health/food preferences can be full of delicious abundance rather than restrictions!

Lead image source: Watermelon ‘Sashimi’

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