Refreshing Summer Drink
A refreshing summer drink made from fruits and vegetables is just what I want in July. By midsummer, the farmer’s markets are full of more beautiful ingredients than I can eat. That’s when I need to get out my juice recipes.
My herb garden is my newest summer drink inspiration. Basil, mint, parsley and cilantro figure prominently in my recipes. Full of flavor, they add complexity to any beverage. A mix of basil, watermelon, apple and lime juice is my newest after dinner treat. It’s sweet, filling and nutritious. The basil also aids digestion and has mild sedative properties which makes it a perfect compliment to a evening meal.
I take walks as a break from writing. It’s nice to get some fresh air after hours of solitude. When I get home I usually make a hydrating summer drink. The one that I make most ofen is a watermelon Agua Fresca. Watermelon is full of water and fiber. In the body, fiber acts as sponge, releasing water as the body needs it. Sweet and sour, it’s perfect for a hot day. For my Watermelon Agua Fresca recipe follow this link to my page on 30second.com. Also for more ideas about how to balance working remotely, check out my contributions to 7 Ways to Overcome Social Isolation on The Art of Happy Moving.
I wasn’t sure if I would like homemade green juice. I have mixed feeling about the packaged varieties. However, when I upgraded to a Vitamix blender, juicing became easy. It pulverizes everything. I just balance the flavors. Admittedly, a novice green juicer, I still rely on the sweetness of the fruit to balance the greens. Nevertheless, it’s a healthy low calorie snack that can be made in just minutes. It’s also more nutritious than packaged juices that remove the fiber. Try offering it to children who aren’t willing to eat spinach or kale. They might be entertained by the idea of sweet green juice, or willing to try it on a dare. Here’s my recipe. Let me know if it works for your family.
More Summer Drink Recipes
Sweet Green Juice
1/2 cup Watermelon, cubed (rind and seeds removed)
1/2 cup Red Grapes
1/2 of a Banana
2 cups Spinach, stems removed
1/2 cup Ice
If you have a powerful blender add all the ingredients to the blender. Pulverize and serve. Otherwise, juice the grapes and watermelon. Then add the juice with the other ingredients to a blender. Blend until smooth and serve.