MALIBU, California

MALIBU, California

Friday, July 22, 2016

BETTER THAN A SMOOTHIE: REFRESHING SUMMER COOLERS. Zappy Melonberry, Maui Mule, Apricot-almond wizard, Pineapple-lemon-thyme cooler, Avocado-banana split.RECIPES

Now that we are having another heatwave...I know, nothing new for Los Angeles; I was craving something more than lemonade.
Here are some fantastic ideas to drink your fruit and cool down.
All the recipes serve 2

It is a good idea to have all ingredients ice cold

Zappy Melonberry
2 cups chopped ripe melon
1 cup berries (any berry..if using strawberries, hull and chop)
2 cups crushed ice
1 cup fruit juice or milk (nut milk is fine)
Blend and serve garnished with fruit

Maui Mule (has a kick to it!)

1 inch of peeled ginger
2 cups pineapple (may be canned unsweetened)
1tsp honey (optional)
1 cup  fruit juice or milk
1 cup crushed ice

Grate the ginger and add the pulp and juice to a blender.

Add the fruit and juice and blend well
Blend in the crushed ice and honey, and serve.

* For a creamier drink add 1/2 cup raw cashews..blend these first with the juice then proceed for recipe.

* another version is to add 1 tbsp  fresh rosemary leaves finely minced and then blend in..

Almond-Apricot Wizard
Great easy breakfast/meal replacement using dried apricots (high in potassium)

1 cup chopped dried apricots 
1 cup almond milk 
1/2 cup chopped almonds
Soak overnight

2 cups chilled almond milk
2 tsp honey (optional)
2 tsp raw wheatgerm
1 cup crushed ice
Place the soaked apricots and any milk left into a blender
then add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.

Pineapple, Lemon and Thyme Cooler..perfect for a summer afternoon

1 cup crushed ice
3 cups pineapple juice or canned unsweetened  pineapple chunks in juice
1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves (1/2 tsp dried ground thyme)
juice of one lemon

 Blend very well then garnish with sliced lemon

Avocado-Banana Split
2 bananas sliced
1 avocado, peeled and chopped
1 tsp honey
2 cups ice cold milk
1 cup crushed ice
few drops vanilla/almond extract (optional)

Blend the fruit with half the milk, then add the rest, extract and the crushed ice.
Serve in cold glasses

Stay hydrated and enjoy the summer heatwaves.