Have you ever thought about why certain fruits and veggies are more abundant in certain seasons? Nature’s produce cycle actually supports our body’s needs, and gently leads us from season to season. For example, our bodies require more water in the summer months, and summer-season foods such as watermelon, berries and cucumbers help us stay hydrated and cool. In the fall, transition foods such as apples and root vegetables help us acclimate to the upcoming cooler months. (More on Fall foods next month!)
With summer in full swing, everyone likes a little ice cream to cool off! If you're trying to slim down or if you are following a non dairy diet, there is an "ice cream" you can still enjoy, guilt free. See my recipe below!
• 2 – 8 Ripe bananas (depending on number of servings), peeled, cut into chunks and frozen overnight (6-8 hours)
Remove bananas from the freezer and thaw 5-10 minutes. Put bananas in a food processor or blender and puree until you achieve a thick, soft-serve ice-cream consistency.
Looking for a refreshing post summer workout energy booster? Try this cooling watermelon beverage! Watermelon contains lots of water, and it is packed with antioxidants, minerals, and nutrients, including cancer preventing lycopene. In fact, watermelon contains more lycopene than any other fruit or vegetable. *
¼ watermelon, peeled and diced (or a 12-ounce-sized container)
1 cucumber, peeled and cut up
¼ cup mint leaves
½ cup of ice
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until “slushy”...