Ah, the bittersweet sensation of surviving a ridiculously hard workout. There's nothing like being pushed to your absolute physical and mental limit with the help of burpees, push-ups, squat jumps, and a tough-as-nails instructor.
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High-tech gym gear makes any sweat session so much easier. Sweat-wickers? Check. Stink-fighters? Yes please. Temperature control fabrics? A must. With a range of super-techy options out there, classic cotton tees just don't compare when it comes to getting through an intense workout. But rather than use futuristic synthetics to score a better sports bra, a new crop of activewear is using natural, sustainable methods to develop eco-friendly gear with major workout-friendly benefits. One surprising sustainable material? Coffee.
You ran a marathon a month ago, and suddenly you can't run 5 miles. Or you took a couple weeks off of your regular SoulCycle sessions, and now making through a 50-minute class is hard as hell.
It's in no way fair, but it's how good ol' biology works. After all, in all things fitness, you're either training or detraining. That seems to be particularly true when it comes to cardio.
Watermelon Hibiscus Mimosas
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Give a quintessential brunch drink a little extra interest with watermelon, hibiscus, and blackberries. Hibiscus flowers, which have been said to help to lower cholesterol, are used to make a tart tea, which is mixed with the usual mimosa ingredients, orange juice and champs.
Get the recipe: Watermelon Hibiscus Mimosas
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Watermelon Moscow Mule
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Goddess Juice: Strawberry Coconut Watermelon-ade
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This watermelon-lemonade combo blows the regular sugar-bomb lemonade out of the water. The mixture of coconut, strawberries, watermelon, and lime will have you wanting to drink it by the pitcher.
Get the recipe: Strawberry Coconut Watermelon-ade
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Watermelon Basil Agua Fresca
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If you're bad at drinking enough water throughout the day, adding fruit or fruit flavor can help you reach the adequate intake. (Get some more tips for staying hydrated.) This drink is made with four simple ingredients: water, lime juice, basil, and of course, watermelon.
Get the recipe: Watermelon Basil Agua Fresca
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Kickin' Watermelon Margarita
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How gorgeous is this watermelon margarita?! It's a minimal-effort option as it uses store-bought watermelon juice. No slicing, cubing, blending, or straining needed. The result is an elegant cocktail you can be excited to serve at your next outdoor dinner party.
Get the recipe: Kickin' Watermelon Margarita
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Watermelon Balsamic Cocktail
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If you've ever had melon and prosciutto with a balsamic glaze, you are going to drool when you see this drink idea. Those flavors (minus the meat, naturally) are incorporated into this sweet and savory cocktail slushy. The fresh mint, lime, and vinegar work surprisingly well with the ripe watermelon.
Get the recipe: Watermelon Balsamic Cocktail
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The best part of drinking sangria is the boozy fruits left in your empty glass. They're typically apples, oranges, or grapes, but this version has summer's go-to fruit instead—watermelon. It's perfect when it's made with a sweet white wine. (Discover more wine cocktails you're going to want to sip all summer long.)
Get the recipe: Watermelon Sangria
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Iced Watermelon Matcha Green Tea
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Matcha powder is a nutritional powerhouse with fat-burning and antioxidant-boosting benefits. To reap those bonuses year round, just trade your warm cup of tea for an iced bev. This rainbow-colored drink is layered with watermelon purée and matcha for a super-charged juice that's perfect after a hot workout on even hotter days.
Get the recipe: Iced Watermelon Matcha Green Tea
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Watermelon Coconut Rum Punch
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A bright red fruit punch is a classic addition to any cookout. This frothy medley of coconut, watermelon, and lime is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser.
Get the recipe: Watermelon Coconut Rum Punch
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