Gastroparesis-Friendly Agua-Fresca

I've been trying to figure out ways to get extra salt in my diet and stay hydrated. I'm getting saline IVs and they help, but I needed something I can add to tide me over.

I tried adding a bit of salt to my juice, my smoothie or even plain water. I got extra salt that way, but it made me nauseated so that didn't help.

Enter 'agua fresca', or 'refreshing water'. If you're on Pinterest, you' might have seen the picture of Jamie Oliver holding up giant pitchers of perfectly styled drinks, well, that's what this is.

I've got to say, I got a cute lemonade tap first to get me started. Obviously you don't need one of them, get anything you can find, but I love pretty things and that was a great motivation to actually use it. If it works, it works, right?

clear plastic tap with fifties-style pears and apples in yellow and green, with a green lid and green spout. filled with a dark pink/purple liquid

Mine came from a local store and was about $6. Not a lot to get me motivated, eh? Amazon has some glass ones and they're in lots of home stores with picnic season starting.

If you don't want to (or can't) spend the extra money, a pitcher, a big mason jar or even a tall glass works too.

I wish this was this awe-inspiring recipe, but it's so straightforward, it's barely a recipe.

Anyway, here we go;


Agua Fresca

Stuff you'll need:

  • a pitcher/lemonade tap/mason jar/anything that holds water
  • a strainer
  • a knife/box grater
  • a plate/cutting board


  • cucumber
  • blueberries
  • salt
  • water

Use any fruit/vegetable combination you have lying around/think your stomach is going to be okay with. Try lettuce, strawberries, pineapple, melon, lemons, limes, ... or herbs like mint (woohoo, mojito water!) for other low-fodmap options.

Slice the cucumber, I use the big holes in my box grater. It's easy and uses less spoons, but a knife works too. Add the slices to your pitcher with the berries, the salt, and water. *

Not salt loading? Just skip it, or add a pinch for a more interesting flavor. You'll have a great summer drink. After all, Jamie makes it and as far as I know he isn't sick. It's a great recipe to share with family.

Leave for an hour or 2 for the water to absorb the flavours. If you're using frozen berries, you'll get some flavour straight away.

Most recipes will tell you to squeeze in an orange or mash-up the fruit, since this is a gp-friendly recipe I won't. It'll last about 2 days if you keep it in the fridge, so don't worry if you can't finish it in a day.

If, by now, you're wondering why you need a strainer, here's the answer: hold it under the spigot/put on your glass to strain out any bits. Tada, all done. Enjoy! 

I've been having several glasses of this stuff a day and it's been a great way to drink more and get some extra salt. Seems like the extra nutrients make it 'stick' better than plain water.

*The amount of salt will depend on how much extra you need in a day. Check in with your doctor if you're not sure.

Now, I'd love to hear from you; are you looking for more ways to stay hydrated? Do you want to give this recipe a go? What are your favourite ways to sneak some extra salt into your food? Do you need more ways?