The heat is on.
The last few days and maybe weeks, temperatures have been hitting the upper 80’s and maybe even 90’s. After what seems a fairly brief Spring, the East Coast has been plunged into an early Summer.
I picked up a huge Organic Watermelon from Whole Foods recently. All kinds of juicy melons are available in grocery stores these days. And plenty of recipes with melons from smoothies, to salads and more have pervaded magazines and blogs alike. There were one or two very interesting Watermelon cooler recipes that I liked that I wanted to make.
Watermelon is vibrantly colored, juicy, sweet, and refreshing. Why add anything else?
Just add ice.
2-3 cups cubed water melon (fresh or freeze for an hour)
Add the cubed water melon to a blender and process. Add ice and sip a naturally sweet, thirst quenching and refreshing drink on a hot Spring or Summer day.
Whether we like it or not… Summer is almost here… the heat is intense. The humidity almost unbearable…
Rather than succumb to high fructose soda water, this year I am experimenting with fruit flavored water. Last week it was lightly sweetened refreshing Cherry Lemonade… this week it is Sassy Mango & Blue Berry Water. This is somewhat inspired from the recipes on Prevention.com. Check there for more ideas 🙂
Celebrate the arrival of summer with some fresh Mango recipes!
Here is one to jump start the summer!
1/2 Sweet Mango thinly sliced
1/2 cup blue berries whole or sliced
1/2 lemon sliced
1/4 in ginger thinly sliced
3 cups water
2-3 tbsp Maple Syrup or Honey
Stir all in a large and chill overnight. Top with ice and serve chilled!
Here’s another one from the Twenty One Day Tummy Diet…. slightly adapted by me.
6oz Non fat Greek yogurt
2 tbsp light coconut milk
1 orange peeled and removed from membranes
1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
1 tsp almond butter
1 tsp fresh ginger
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients and blend in a food processor/blender. Has a nice nutty flavor … Enjoy!
It’s been so hot and humid lately, that this is a perfect, refreshing drink to jump-start your day or after a workout at the gym or just about anytime actually. This is inspired by a recipe I saw in the Prevention Magazine.
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 cup vanilla almond milk or I used mango smoothie
a few mint leaves
Chop the mango and freeze for 30 minutes. Meanwhile slice and cook the beet in a little water. Cool. Transfer the beets, frozen mango, orange juice, and almond milk. Add 3-4 mint leaves and pulse in a food processor.
Garnish with some mint leaves and serve chilled. Makes 3-4 servings.
Happy New Year!
Health and fitness is always a major priority for me. But lately I seem to have hit rock bottom. So this year I wanted to double and treble my effort and over come this slump. I still had some fresh kale and parsley in my patio garden and all the other ingredients necessary for it.
It is adapted from the latest Prevent Magazine. I added the additional protein boost. Each serving without the boost is 160 cal (3g protein, 39g carb, 5g fiber, 0.5g fat 56 mg sodium). After a good workout at the gym this was a refreshing and energy boosting smoothie.
1 1/4 cup fresh kale
1 1/4 cup fresh or frozen cubed mango
2 celery sticks
1/4 cup mint
1/4 cup parsley
2 cups fresh orange juice
1 scoop whey protein boost
Blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Pour into 2 chilled glasses. Tasty and refreshing!