Foods That Help Hydrate & Refresh

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The following refreshing and hydrating recipes are courtesy of Dominic Saadi of “City Café Mediterranean Restaurant.”  The businesses is located at 116 N. Washington Avenue in downtown Scranton (across from the Connell Building).    For more information on the place, visit or call 570-343-3550.  For questions surrounding the health tips as provided by registered dietitian Laure Stasik, contact her by clicking here.  To find a registered dietitian near you, head here.

1                     16oz can chick peas

¼          cup lemon juice

¼          cup tahini

¼          cup water

½          clove garlic minced


Drain and rinse chick peas.  Blend all ingredients in food processor for 3-5 minutes low

Ganish olive oil, chick peas, sumac

Prep Time:  5-10 minutes

Serves 4-6


12              Fresh Tomatoes

1/4 c           Red Wine Vinegar

1/4c           Apple Cider Vinegar

¼ c             Olive Oil

2 tbsp         Sugar

½ tsp          Cumin

½ tsp          Cayenne

1/2c            Lemon Juice

1tsp            Minced Garlic

1                 Cucumber

1                 Red Pepper

1                 White Onion

Salt &Pepper to taste

Toss tomatoes in bowl w/salt & pepper.  Put on a sheet pan and roast in oven until skin is blistered and tomatoes are cooked through,for about 20-30 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes. Put tomatoes in food processor and process until smooth. Add tomatoes to large mixing bowl .Peel and seed cucumber.  Seed and rough chop pepper.  Peel and dice onion. Add the cucumber,onions and red pepper to food processor and  blend until smooth. Add processed veggies to tomato mixture along with all remaining ingredients. Mix well and refridgerate.

Garnish with:


Green Pepper

Yellow Pepper


Cherry Tomatoes

Cold Cucumber Yogurt Salad

2 lbs           Greek Yogurt

3 small seedless cucumbers sliced

1 tsp           Processed Garlic

½ c             Fresh Mint finely-chopped

Salt to taste

Combine all ingredients in a bowl

Prep time 5-10 minutes

Serves 4-6

Pomegranate Lemonade

4          Scoups or  2/3rd cup Lemonade mix

4          Cups or 1 qt cold water

2          Cups or 1 pint pomegranate juice

Mix and add ice

Serves 6-8