I don't know about your ladies and gents, but my body wants A LOT of smoothies and smoothie bowls when summertime hits. So usually summer is the time I pull out my Watermelon Smoothie recipe and start blending away. I picked up a nice, round, organic watermelon from the store a few weeks ago, and wondered how I could possibly tweak and upgrade my recipe this summer, and I think I nailed it.
Meet the Watermelon Summer Slushy.
It has the perfect thick and cold consistency you want in a slushy and makes for a great mid-day cool down treat, plus it is loaded with hydrating watermelon and cucumber. Just a sneaky way of getting that H2O into your body. Specifically, watermelon is great for fighting inflammation in the body and combating those pesky free radicals, which you are more prone to be exposed to during the summer when you are spending more time by the pool and in those beach waves. Cucumbers are great for your brain, getting those toxins out of your body, and are full of B vitamins, making them great for keeping stress at bay and decreasing anxiety. This summer slushy also has lime to help detox your bod, cayenne pepper to give your metabolism a boost, and a hint of mint to aid in digestion. All in all it is ideal for summer.
Recipe: (Serves 1-2)
2 cups frozen watermelon cubes (freeze for at least 12 hours)
1 cup coconut water or coconut kefir (probiotics)
Handful of fresh mint leaves
A few dashes of organic cayenne pepper
Stevia to sweeten
Plus a few ice cubes
Add the listed ingredients to a high-speed blender (I used my Vitamix) and blend until well blended and a slushy consistency has formed. You may need to mix the ingreds a few times to get everything blended and add a little liquid or ice cubes to obtain the right consistency. Garnish with a mint leaf.
I recommend sipping this pool-side, but either way it's going to take you to Summer-land. Cheers to that! xx
We all love a good smoothie, so how do you take that UP a notch? With a smoothie bowl of course! It's like if a smoothie and acai bowl got married and had a child what would you get? A smoothie bowl! The best thing about smoothie bowls is you can get A LOT of nutrients, antioxidants, and superfoods from having one. So here's what you will need to create your very own:
A Liquid- Like Coconut water, almond or cashew milk
2-3 Fruits- Like strawberries, pineapple, berries, mango, or bananas
Frozen Bananas- Use 2 for each bowl you make. This will give it a good, spoon-friendly consistency without watering down the taste.
Greens- Like spinach or kale
Something Sweet- 1-2 dates or a Stevia packet
Superfoods- Like maca powder, cacao powder, acai powder, and chia or flax seeds. Pick two! A great company to get these from is Navitas Naturals, found at health stores or check them out online!
Now blend your smoothie up, add it to a bowl and top with the following (choose 4-6):
Cacao nibs, unsweetened coconut shreds, more fruit, flax or chia seeds, nuts and seeds like walnuts, almonds, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, goji berries, almond or peanut butter, or homemade granola.
Grab a spoon, and dig in and ENJOY that smoothie bowl creation! Great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner- REALLY, you will crave these things!