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Signs of Dehydration and the Benefits of Drinking Water

- Wednesday, January 27, 2016

If you’re feeling dizzy, thirsty, and/or have a headache, it could be that you are dealing with a mild case of dehydration. And those are only a few of the minor symptoms. Other, more serious symptoms can include:
  • ·      Confusion
  • ·      Weakness
  • ·      Irritability
  • ·      Constipation
  • ·      Decreased urine output
  • ·      Fainting
  • ·      Fever


Our bodies are made up of 60 percent water, therefore, it is vital to both our physical and mental health to stay hydrated.


Drink water and soak in the many benefits:


Assists with weight loss. A glass of water 30 minutes before each meal can trick your body into being “full”, thus controlling your appetite and the calories you consume. Also, cutting out a sugary soda habit and replacing it with water helps reduces the risk of obesity, stroke, and other heart problems.


Feel refreshed, revitalized, and happy. Water wakes you up, will keep you going, and when you’re feeling energized and on the move, chances are you’re in a good mood. A lack of fluids can lead to muscle fatigue, and result in exhaustion. Drinking more, especially before and after exercise, replenishes the fluids lost from sweating and will keep you moving the remainder of the day.


Healthier skin. Without water, our skin becomes dry, dull, and wrinkled…but drinking the right amount each day allows the body to lock in the moisture it needs to create stronger, more radiant skin.


Cleansing. Water cleanses the body by flushing out the waste through urine, and according to Women’s Health, if your urine is “extra yellow”, it could mean that your body is over concentrated with toxins.

Balance within the body. A sufficient amount of water maintains the many functions within your body, such as (but not limited to): digestion, absorption, circulation, body temperature, bowel movement, and the transportation of nutrients.


How To Get in the Habit of Drinking More Water:


A great way to avoid dehydration is to begin each day with a glass of water. Reach for water before your coffee and you’ll start to feel refreshed and awake sooner. Practices like keeping a bottle of water always at your side, in your bag or at your desk is a great reminder to drink up. Have you tried sipping through a straw, or setting a goal to drink water before every meal? These little tricks will go a long way in helping  you form this daily, healthy habit. 


At times we may avoid drinking regular water because the taste can be, well, boring. Luckily Saratoga Spring Water has three Sparkling Essence flavors, infused with the essence of natural fruit and no added sweeteners. And good news—according to Live Strong, sparkling water is just as hydrating as still water!

Healthy Recipes for 2016

- Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Whether your resolutions are to eat healthier in the new year or to become a better chef in the kitchen, these simple and delicious recipes will help you start 2016 off on the right foot. Plus, nothing pairs better with Saratoga Spring Water than some healthy and delectable nosh. Here are a few recipes you can try for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert.  

whole-grain berry pancakes

Whole-Grain Berry Pancakes

A sweet start to the day, sans sugary batter. The raspberry puree on these whole-grain pancakes makes for a great alternative to maple syrup.


  • • 1/4 c. old-fashioned oats
    • 3/4 c. buttermilk
    • 1/2 c. white whole wheat flour
    • 1 tsp. baking powder
    • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
    • 1/8 tsp. salt
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 tbsp. canola oil
    • 2 tsp. vanilla
    • Walnuts, for serving
    • Berries, for serving
    • Pureed raspberries, for serving

  • Directions:
    1. Soak oats in buttermilk 20 minutes. In large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Whisk egg, canola oil, and vanilla into oat mixture until just combined.
    2. Heat 12-inch nonstick skillet on medium. Working in batches, pour batter by 1/4-cupfuls onto hot skillet. Cook until tops are bubbly and edges look dry. Turn; cook until undersides are golden.
    3. Serve with walnuts, berries, and pureed raspberries.

This vegetarian dish is always a crowd-pleaser! Serve it as an appetizer or if you’re looking for a heartier meal, serve with grilled chicken or shrimp. Pair this with our Orange-Tangerine Saratoga Essence for even more zest.

• 4 small zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch thick rounds (about 1 1/2 pounds)
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• Kosher salt
• 4 round, pocketless whole-grain pita
• 1/3 cup prepared hummus
• 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
• 2 cups baby arugula
• 1/4 cup chopped almonds
• 1 lemon, quartered, for serving

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the zucchini on a baking sheet. Drizzle with the olive oil, then sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt; mix well and spread to 1 layer. Roast until browned and very tender, about 30 minutes, stirring halfway through.
2. Warm the pita on a grill or griddle until nicely toasted, but still soft, and spread each with 1 heaping tablespoon hummus. Top each piece with 1 tablespoon crumbled goat cheese, 1/4 of the roasted zucchini, about 1/2 cup baby arugula, and 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped almonds. Serve with a lemon wedge.

Chicken and Sun-Dried Tomato Meatballs
A lighter version of the traditional meatball with a little bit of a twist. Total time to prepare this delicious entrée is only 30 minutes.

• 4 oil-packed sun-dried tomato halves, drained and blotted dry
• 2 garlic cloves
• 1 large jalapeño—halved, seeded and coarsely chopped
• Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
• 1/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs
• 1 pound ground chicken breast
• 1 large egg, lightly beaten
• 1 tablespoon fat-free milk
• 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, for dusting
• One 14 1/2-ounce can peeled whole tomatoes with their juices
• 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
• 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley

1. In a food processor, pulse the sun-dried tomatoes, 1 garlic clove, half of the jalapeño, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/8 teaspoon of pepper until finely chopped. Add the bread crumbs and pulse to combine. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and stir in the chicken, egg and milk. Using lightly moistened hands, roll the mixture into 20 meatballs, a scant 1 1/2 tablespoons each. Dust the meatballs lightly with flour, tapping off any excess.
2. Wipe out the food processor and add the remaining garlic clove and jalapeño half; pulse until chopped. Add the tomatoes and their juices and the oregano and process until smooth.
3. In a 9-inch cast-iron skillet, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Add the meatballs and cook over moderate heat, turning, until golden but not quite cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add the tomato sauce to the skillet and simmer until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Return the meatballs to the skillet and simmer, turning, until just cooked through, about 2 minutes longer. Transfer to a bowl, sprinkle with the parsley and serve.

Dark Chocolate and Banana Sundae
Indulge your sweet tooth and enjoy this dark chocolate and banana sundae year round! No dairy, no added sugars, just natural goodness and lots of flavor.


• 4 large ripe bananas, peeled and sliced
• 2 oz. dark chocolate (60% to 70% cacao)
• 4 cherries, divided

1. Freeze bananas, 3 hours. Pulse in food processor until smooth, stirring often.
2. Melt dark chocolate. Divide bananas among 4 bowls; drizzle with chocolate and top each with 1 cherry.

Sparkling Essence Lime-Mint Lemonade

- Friday, January 15, 2016
With an eye towards summer, try our take on lemonade with less sugar and more sparkle! 

Recipe: Sparkling Lime-Mint Lemonade

• 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
• 24oz fresh made lemonade
• 12oz Saratoga Sparkling Lemon-Lime Essence
• 1 fresh lemon
• Ice (optional)

Combine lemonade and mint leaves in pitcher. Gently muddle the mint leaves with a wooden spoon.

Add Saratoga Sparkling Lemon-Lime Essence and ice. Garnish with mint leaf and a lemon wheel and enjoy! 

Serves 2-4.

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