Trying to BEAT the HEAT

Without further ado, two recipes that have been helping us stay cool…

MANGO (or your favorite fruit) LASSI RECIPE

Blend together:

  • 4 cups frozen peaches, mangos, nectarines (or your favorite fruit)
  • 2 cups plain yogurt
  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom (optional)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • lime zest & juice to taste
  • handful of fresh mint leaves

What’s great about this lassi is that you can easily freeze leftovers into popsicles! I’m also getting back into the habit of making smoothies for breakfast this summer…

My Go-To Smoothie

  • 2 cups Wyman’s wild blueberries (they have more antioxidants than your standard blueberries & I’ve found, even better, more flavor!) or Edgewater’s strawberries (grown just up the road!)
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon flax seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • handful of a fresh herb like cilantro, mint, lemon verbena or lemon balm
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • 1 Tablespoon dulce (yes, this is a type of seaweed with lots of minerals in it!)
  • 1 Tablespoon spirulina (yes, also seaweed– has a strong-ish flavor but has lots of great nutrients)
  • 1/2 cup water to taste/texture
  • 1 scoop protein powder (I use CABOT whey protein powder in hopes of supporting farmers like my parents who sell their milk to Agrimark, but after doing some research for a client recently, I found there are many options out there for lactose-intolerant people & those that struggle digesting protein. Here are some options on as-close-as-we-can-get-to-whole-foods-protein-powders–

Make your own— kefir, raw egg yolk & chia seeds/collagen powder 

Mt. Capra whey-goat protein

Natural Force

Ancient Nutrition

PALEO PROTEINS

To make the smoothie simple to whip up in the morning I’ve been pre-measuring the seeds/powders & grated ginger into containers on Sunday, then I’m ready to go for the week ahead. You could also pre-measure your fruits, unfortunately, I find I’m often out of room in the freezer.

Between diaper duty, weeding, cooking & getting back to work, these are a couple recipes I’ve been working on to streamline our breakfasts. With a temperature in the 90s a couple weeks ago, I found myself, surprisingly, without much of an appetite. These drinks really helped satisfy and helped with the hydration factor. I also try to chew on a few nuts before downing a smoothie to kick start the digestive process. I’ve been getting back into my quart of lemon water in the morning which is also a great way to get the digestive juices flowing and start the day off hydrated!

My half-dead lemon verbena that just made it through the winter is suddenly bursting with new leaves and celebrating the soaking rains that came through this week. It has lovely leaves to add to my water bottle or smoothie. Thank goodness for summer!

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