Rachel Kelly
Writer, Mental Health Campaigner, Public Speaker

When water just doesn’t quite cut the mustard…


Staying hydrated is essential for mental clarity. But what I hadn’t realised until working with Nutritional Therapist Alice Mackintosh was just how much fluid I could get from foods that are naturally rich in water.

With Nutrition and Hydration Week in full swing I wanted to share with you the Happy Kitchen’s Hydrating Fennel Juice recipe. It contains lots of vegetables with a high water content, and some coconut water, which provides electrolytes and a smidgen of sugar. A great, nutritious way to keep you hydrated.


Serves 1-2

  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 fennel bulb, or 2 celery sticks if you
    don’t like the aniseed flavour of fennel
  • 1 thumb’s worth of ginger
  • ½ unwaxed lemon
  • 1 pear
  • 100ml coconut water

1. Blitz the fruit, vegetables, ginger and lemon in a blender.
2. Top up with the coconut water.

Ideally use unwaxed lemons, as fruit producers spray the skin of citrus fruits with a thin layer of wax to protect them and make them shine. While this wax is safe to eat, some prefer to avoid it. If you are not sure whether or not your lemons are waxed, give them a scrub with a stiff brush and some hot water.


the happy kitchen: Good Mood Food

Together, over 5 years, Alice and I developed recipes that put around 150 nutritional studies into practice. They’ve helped me to become more energised, less anxious, clearer thinking, more balanced and a better sleeper. Our conversations and experiments led to our book ‘The Happy Kitchen: Good Mood Food’. In it, I share in detail what I have learnt about eating for happiness. By harnessing the power of food to boost my mood, not just on melancholy days, I have been able to stabilise my feelings. Nutrition has become an important element in my holistic approach to staying well.


I’d love to hear what you think of the Hydrating Fennel Juice, please do share your thoughts and images with me on social media using the #happykitchenbook

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