It is nice to have a refreshing, cooling drink to sip on this time of the year, which is exactly why I made this Pineapple Cilantro Ginger Limeade! Adding cilantro to a drink may sound odd, but the aroma is perfect with the sweet pineapple, spicy ginger, and tart lime. This is really good paired with Asian or Mexican food or even for serving with BBQ. It is easy to make, and so good! This recipe makes a large pitcher so it is perfect for a gathering or a party!
One of my favorite healthy summer treats for when the mangoes are at their best and we all want something refreshing to sip on, is a mango lassi. Traditionally they are made with dairy yogurt, but I like to make mine with coconut yogurt to keep it vegan. Just a little lime juice, fresh mangoes and a touch of maple syrup and you have something that tastes like dessert, but is actually good for you. Mangoes are packed with vitamin A and C so you are getting some of your vitamins in as well!
For those who are allergic to dairy or just trying to cut back on it for health reasons, nut milk can be an essential part of your shopping list. Although there are many delicious varieties at the store, I like to make my own to make sure there are no refined sugars, additives or thickening agents. It is quick and easy to make your own at home if you have a blender! The recipe I am sharing with you today if for brazil nut milk. Almond milk and cashew milk may be the most common but brazil nuts make great milk too! Brazil nuts are high in selenium, iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium, all important for your body to function well. This milk has only 5 ingredients, and I use dates to sweeten it, which not only add sweetness but also fiber as well (if you don’t strain it, as I usually don’t). This is good on cereal, or to drink, or in your morning coffee!
If you are looking for a quick way to get vitamins in, fresh veggie juice is a great way to do so. It may sound like something that would taste not so good, but it is actually quite delicious when you use the right combination of ingredients! The recipe I am sharing with you today contains broccoli which is rich in vitamins K and C, potassium and folic acid, as well as celery which reduces bloating and improves digestion, and apples for sweetness, plus lemon which has a detoxifying affect. Lastly a bit of kale, because this is a green juice after all, and greens are nutrient power houses. This juice is not only delicious but It will help you feel energized and refreshed too!
During the holidays, it is nice to have a festive drink in hand. But not everyone drinks alcohol, so I like to make mocktails to serve as well. Usually ones with bright festive natural color, like the pomegranate lemon raspberry one I am sharing with you today! This drink is really delicious and is actually pretty healthy, full of antioxidants. I top it off with sparkling water to make it even more fancy. If you wanted to serve this though as a cocktail, you could use champagne instead of the sparkling water.
Skip the unhealthy pumpkin shake at the fast food restaurant and make your own at home instead for a healthier alternative that will actually leave you feeling good without a sugar high. The recipe I am sharing with you today doubles as a dessert, or a breakfast on the go. It doesn’t contain any refined sugars, or dairy. The base is bananas instead of dairy, and I add medjool dates for sweetness and it is just right. Also I have included protein powder, because I like an extra boost in my shakes so it is the perfect thing to keep you satisfied until lunch. It has a swirl of vanilla pumpkin and chocolate shake so you get two delicious flavors in one drink! Give this a try next time you are in need of a pumpkin shake! Of course if you are not a chocolate fan, just make it plain pumpkin and leave out the cacao powder.
I love a good Sangria on a hot Summer day! I enjoy making my own at home especially because I can choose the fruit and ingredients that go into it. Traditional sangria tends to involve a lot of refined sugar, but I like to just sweeten mine with fruit juice, and plenty of fresh fruit. The recipe I am sharing with you today has a lemonade flavor with the sweetness of white wine and berries and it is really delicious. Perfect for serving at a Summer gathering, I know your guests will love it! Plus, you get your dose of antioxidants from the organic berries so it is a win all around!
Mixing your own cocktails at home is fun and easy! No need to buy a store bought mix, why not blend up your own fruit mix with organic fruit? Mixes often contain loads of sugar which can leave you feeling yucky, so I like to let the fruit do most of the sweetening. The recipe I am sharing with you today is a refreshing drink with fresh organic strawberry puree, sweet smooth bourbon, fresh mint, and lemon. It is the perfect thing to sip while lounging on a patio on a hot day!
Many people are going dairy free, and although there are a lot of good plant based milks on the market, did you know it is easy to make your own at home with a blender? Almond milk is the old classic, but if you are allergic to nuts, sunflower seeds are a great alternative for a rich tasting plant based milk. Bonus, they are high in antioxidants due to their high vitamin E content. Also, sunflower seeds are cheaper than nuts, so it is very affordable to make if you drink a lot of milk. The recipe I am sharing with you today is flavored with vanilla and maple, and is great with cereal or just for drinking on its own. If you want an unsweetened plain sunflower seed milk, just leave out the maple syrup and vanilla. This is simple to make, and comes together in only 5 minutes!
Smoothies are a great way to start off the day if you are trying to get in a lot of nutrients from fruit at once. I like to add protein powder so it becomes a full balanced meal, and keeps me satisfied longer. The one I am sharing with you today is made from all berries, so it is packed full of heart healthy antioxidants. Although smoothies are great for pouring into cups for when you are on the go so you can drink them with a straw, if I have time, I like to make smoothie bowls, so that I can add delicious toppings to them and enjoy them with a spoon. Of course I blend them a little thicker with less liquid, so that they are almost like a healthy ice cream. If you top them off with things like healthy nuts and seeds, you can get some extra heart healthy ingredients in as well. But of course, feel free to be creative, you can top them off with whatever you have on hand!