Since healthy skin works from the inside out, here’s another idea inspired by drinks I grew up with that are great for beating the summer heat: tamarind water, also known as agua de tamarindo!
Tamarind is a sweet and sour fruit that is rich in tartaric acid, which is a powerful antioxidant and a good source of iron, thiamin, niacin and vitamin C. Antioxidants can help protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays, guarding your cells from damage and vitamin C helps the body repair itself. Tamarind can be found in any market that appeals to Hispanic, Asian and Indian cultures. To make tamarind water, follow below.
10-15 tamarind pods
Water (about 10 cups)
Sweetener of choice
1) Take the tamarind pods and remove the outer shell and any veins (strings) that may be attached. Discard the shells and veins.
2) Place the inner portion of the tamarind (looks like seeds) inside a pot and boil for about 25-30 minutes.
3) After 25-30 minutes, remove from stove and let it cool down completely.
4) Once the tamarind water has cooled down, squeeze the remaining pulp from the seeds with clean hands and discard the seeds.
5) Next, blend the water and pulp in a blender and pour into a pitcher after running it through a sieve.
6) Lightly sweeten to taste (emphasis on the lightly!) and enjoy! You can always add a bit more water to dilute some of the tartness without having to add tons of sugar.
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