Summer is chock full of fresh fruits like peaches and watermelon, and lots of fresh veggies and greens. It’s a good thing too because those foods are exactly what is going to help us avoid puff and bloat. Who wants to deal with that when it’s time to slip on the new bikini!
Follow the local, seasonal food trend and it will lead you to foods and drinks that will cool you down and help detoxify you. Fresh, summer produce and light summer recipes will delight your senses, and kill the cravings for heavy, greasy or sugary foods.
I like to make sure I hit the many farmer’s markets which now can be found almost every day of the week around here. There’s a steady supply of cucumbers, peaches, nectarines, melons, and fresh herbs to make smoothies and juices, add to salads, toss on the grill, or stash in a bag for a snack.
Creating sweet and savory recipes with juicy watermelon is one thing I love to do. This melon-based smoothie after a bike ride, morning jog, or active day at the beach will replace the water you’ve lost so quickly in the heat and humidity of July. Red seedless watermelon is very high in lycopene responsible for reducing risk of stroke and lowering blood pressure. Cucumbers add fiber and more water. Sweet, refreshing mint contains cancer-fighting phytonutrients and helps to soothe an upset stomach. Plant protein helps to repair and build muscles for calorie burning and maintaining a healthy weight.
Make one for yourself to rehydrate and refresh this summer. Share with us how you liked it in the comments below and let us see your smoothies on Instagram using tag #freshbalancenutrition.
- 1 cup watermelon, chopped
- ½ cup frozen strawberries
- ½ cup seedless cucumber, chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh mint
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon raw honey
- 1 scoop plant protein powder
- 1 teaspoon maca powder
- Place all ingredients in a high power blender until smooth.