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Winter Hydration In and Out
November 16, 2014, 4:08 pm

As the days get colder and outdoor workouts get less sweaty it's easier to overlook the importance of staying hydrated. And while you may feel fine with drinking less water, your body disagrees: Getting enough water is just as important in the fall and winter as it is in the summertime.So cozy up with these delicious cold-weather beverages we have lined up for you.

If you're not likely to tote a water bottle around when it is freezing out, opt for these seasonal strategies. And if even if you do carry yours everywhere, these easy tricks will help you get some extra water.

Eat your fluids. Fruits and veggies are packed with water; high water content adds volume and keeps you satisfied without the calories. Soups are also a great way to sneak in some extra water.

Warm up your morning commute. Take a tumbler full of tea with you when you leave the house for the day. Not only will it keep you warm and hydrated, but it will do a body good--black tea may even prevent your body from absorbing fat from food.

Go decaf after noon. Full-octane coffee is a "must" for some of us in the AM, but caffeine is a diuretic, which means it can be dehydrating. If you need a post-lunch pick-me-up, take a brisk walk to a decaf latte. The fresh air and exercise will work just as well.

Easy Chai Tea: This café favorite is easier to make than you think; simply bring crushed spices, cinnamon sticks, ginger, and milk to a boil, add tea bags, and let steep for 10 minutes.

Warm Mulled Cider: Simmer apple cider with mulling spices, orange zest, and ginger to make a drink that smells as good as it tastes.

Magic Cocoa: This calls for just two ingredients; add cocoa candy melts or semisweet chocolate chips to hot milk and stir.

Hot buttered lemonade

If you like lemon, this drink is about as soothing as they come — it is somehow light and rich at the same time — great for all ages, and best of all, it is easy to make.

3 cups water
¾ cup fresh lemon juice
2/3 cup sugar
1 ½ teaspoons grated lemon peel
1 tbsp butter or margarine
4 cinnamon sticks (optional)

In a saucepan over medium heat, simmer water, lemon juice, sugar and lemon peel until sugar is dissolved. Pour into mugs; dot each with butter. Drop in a cinnamon stick if desired. Serves four.

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