Summer is the time when everything should be jam-packed with abundance. Your garden, your super-salad, your fun filled nights and weekends…and your water! Here is one of my favorite summertime sippers that I keep on hand all day.
What you need:
Slice the lemon and cucumbers nice and thin, I have found that I get the best flavor that way. Tear the mint. Add all ingredients to a glass you love and add filtered water!
This drink is so simple but filled with a huge amount of health benefits. The lemon is a great natural detox agent that will help provide balance in the body after anything you may have indulged in the night before. Mint and cucumber both having cooling properties that help tame any built up agni, or digestive fire, that can accumulate in the body during the hotter months. Plus, just like peppermint tea in the winter, adding mint to your detox water helps rev up the digestive system. If you are looking for an extra punch, I like to muddle fresh ginger and lime for a little more flare!
Another simple trick to pack the abundance into this drink, just remember it’s all in the glass! If you’ve seen my instagram you know I have a thing for cups. Think about it, most restaurants pay extra close attention to their food presentation. That’s because part of the tasting process is through your sight. When you enhance your experience you boost your mood. Sometimes it is just as simple as adding a pretty glass! Bottoms up!
I believe the Nutribullet was one of the best investments I have made for my health! It is easy to use and blends your food so smoothly that you could make kale ice cream if you wanted to! I like using it to make soups, assist with my baking and of course, smoothies! If you are looking for a silky morning smoothie check out the recipe below.
- 1 scoop mild vanilla vegan protein
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- Handful of spinach
- A few strawberries
- Sliced almonds
- Filtered water/ice
This is the first time I have added raw almonds to my smoothie. I loved it!! Chia seeds are a great super food that add quality fat and protein for a fullness that will last through the morning! When available I always like to use filtered water because it has a balanced PH level, which is important for our body’s health. A body with a balanced PH level creates an environment that is harder to host illness and disease. I hope you enjoy!
If you know me by now, you know I love to keep things simple. Every time I go to the grocery store, I stock up on these 10 items. They are used in a lot of my dishes, smoothies and even snacks during the week. If you’re new to cultivating a healthier lifestyle, you’ll definitely want these on hand.
1. Lemons. (organic whenever possible)
- Drink warm lemon Water (squeeze 1/2 lemon in warm water)
- Add 1/8 lemon in your veggie smoothies
- Squeeze lemon on fish or chicken
- Squeeze lemon on steamed green veggies
- Use lemon, olive oil & sea salt for dressing on salads
2. Brown rice and/or Quinoa
- Cook brown rice in your rice cooker as a side dish
- Add brown rice to your veggie stir fry (can add meat too!)
- Add brown rice to your soups
- Use brown rice instead of white rice to make fried rice
- Cook quinoa instead of brown rice
- Add quinoa to your soups
- Cook quinoa in your rice cooker as a side dish
- Stuff quinoa or brown rice into peppers
3. Yellow onions & minced garlic in oil. (organic whenever possible)
- Sauté onions and garlic in pan and then add veggies with olive oil and sea salt
- Add onions and garlic to meat dishes
- Add onions and garlic to veggie dishes
- Make onion and garlic broth for soup
4. Kale & spinach (organic whenever possible)
- Raw massaged kale for salad
- Add raw kale to your smoothie
- Add kale to your stir fry dish or fried rice
- Steam kale as a side dish (drizzle with olive oil and sea salt) steam for 5 minutes
- Add kale to your omelette
- Spinach for salads
- Steamed spinach as a side dish
- Add spinach to your omelette
- Add spinach to your turkey burger and sandwiches
- Add spinach or kale to your soups
5. Frozen berries. Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries (organic whenever possible)
- Add berries to your smoothies
- Add berries to your water
- Simply eat frozen berries on a hot day!
6. Almond Milk (organic/GMO free/unsweetened)
- Use for your cereal
- Use for oatmeal
- Use for smoothies and shakes
- Use for hot chocolate
- Add a little to your tea (if you like milk in your tea) or to your coffee with a little agave
- Use for lattes. Even when you order at a coffee shop
7. Gluten-free bread. I love Udi’s!
- Use for sandwiches
- Eat for toast in the morning
- Make avocado toast
- Eat with your soups
- Use when making home-made french toast
8. Nuts. Walnuts, Almonds, Brazilian
- Snack on them whenever!
- Add to your smoothies
9. Avocado (organic whenever possible) this is the good fat!
- Avocado toast
- Add to your omelette
- Add on top of your fish
- Add to your soup
- Add 1/4 to your smoothie (the fat helps absorb nutrients)
- Add to your salads
- Goes with just about everything..
10. Apples or fruits in season (organic whenever possible)
I don’t eat much fruit because of the sugar.. 1 piece of fruit a day is good.
- Apple for the fiber
- Add to smoothies
- Eat fruit with almonds or walnuts or another nut of your choice
- Choose organic fruits and eat the skin
- Pears, nectarines, peaches if you prefer
- Choose what’s in season!! It usually costs less as well. If you don’t know what’s in season, ask or visit a farmers market.
You’ll notice I didn’t place any meat, fish, eggs or poultry on here. I’m not a vegetarian, but meat isn’t a staple for me. If I were to add a number 11 it would be wild caught fish, organic/grass fed/hormone free chicken, organic/grass fed/hormone free beef and organic cage free eggs.
If you have questions, let me know. Add these items onto your grocery shopping list and keep them on hand. Mix and match and see what you like. You are free to create your own diet and choose what works best for you. Start slow. Start now.