Posts Tagged ‘mint’

Lemonade for a Hot Day

This makes me wish I had a hammock or a porch swing.

I start with a basic lemonade recipe I got from Bust Magazine, which I totally love.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 cups water, divided
  • My additions: 1/4 cup chia seeds, 1/2 tablespoon fresh ginger juice, a sprig of fresh mint

What to do:

  • Combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a saucepan and heat them on the stove until the sugar dissolves.  Allow to cool.
  • Squeeze your lemons!
  • Put chia seeds in your pitcher with 5 cups of water.  Stir, stir, stir while the seeds hydrate (they’ll be sticky glops if you don’t stir them well).
  • Add the sugar water (simple syrup), lemon juice, ginger juice, and stir well.
  • Serve over ice with a garnish of mint.  Smash the mint into your glass before you drink it.

So refreshing!

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Pear Melon Mint Chia Smoothie

 

Pear Melon Mint Chia Smoothie

 

It’s not summer yet, and with the way the weather’s been the last 12 months, who knows when/if it WILL be summer, but if/when that hot sun shows up to bake the landscape, you’re going to want gallons of this healthy, refreshing smoothie.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups coconut water + more if the blender is working too hard (you can just use plain water, but if you do you’re missing out on lots of electrolytes!)
  • 2 pears, sliced and frozen (I didn’t peel them.  Use can substitute bananas if you want.)
  • 1 cup cubed frozen watermelon (we still have some left from last summer)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds (lots of fiber and protein)
  • 1 tablespoon aloe juice (coating and soothing for your insides!)
  • 1 palm full of mint leaves (maybe 1/8 cup?)
  • juice of 1 lime (don’t worry, it won’t be sour at all)

Blend the coconut water, mint, aloe, and chia first.  Add everything else and blend until smoothe!