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3 Delightfully Hydrating Summer Drinks


GINGER COLADA GREEN SMOOTHIE





1 Tbsp fresh ginger, peeled

1/2 medium lemon or lime, juiced

1/3 cup light coconut milk

1 1/2 cups chopped frozen pineapple (as ripe as possible!)

1 small ripe frozen banana (previously peeled, sliced and frozen)

1 large handful spinach* (organic when possible)

1 small handful kale* (organic when possible)

2/3 cup unsweetened plain almond milk

3/4 cup filtered water (adding more, if needed, to thin)

1 Tbsp flaxseed meal (optional)

1 Tbsp raw hulled hemp seeds (optional)



Instructions

Add all ingredients to blender in the order listed, and blend thoroughly on high speed until completely smooth. If it isn’t quite blending, add a bit more water or almond milk.

Let blend for a good 1-2 minutes on high so everything gets very well blended together, especially the ginger.

Taste and adjust seasonings as needed, adding a bit more frozen banana or sweetener of choice for added sweetness, lime juice for acidity, or coconut milk for creaminess.

Serve immediately. Store leftovers in refrigerator for up to 24 hours, though best when fresh.



SUPER ORANGE JUICE



1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

3 Tbsp lemon juice

1 small nectarine (pit removed)

1 small apple (cored and quartered)

1 Tbsp fresh ginger (peeled)

4-6 whole carrots (peeled/tops removed)

3-4 sprigs fresh mint (optional)

1-2 cups filtered water


Instructions

If using a juicer, add all ingredients to the juicer and press (omit water). Otherwise, squeeze orange and lemon juice into a blender as the pulp can make the juicing process more difficult.

Next add nectarine, apple, ginger, carrots, and mint (optional). Top with filtered water (start with the lesser quantity), cover and blend until combined. You don't want your blender to get the juice too hot in temperature so be careful not to over-blend - it shouldn't take more than 30 seconds.

Drape a clean, thin towel over a large mixing bowl and carefully pour over the juice and pulp. Then gather the corners and begin extracting the juice, leaving the pulp behind. Continue squeezing until all juice is extracted. You can either compost the pulp or add it to baked goods!

Enjoy the juice fresh. Cover and refrigerate leftovers for 2-3 days, though best in the first 12-24 hours for mineral and vitamin content.


WATERMELON JUICE




1 small watermelon (seedless) (1 small watermelon yields ~5 cups or 492 g cubed)

1-2 Tbsp lime juice


OTHER ADD-INS (optional)

Fresh ginger

Coconut water


Instructions

It’s important to select a ripe, juicy, sweet watermelon (this is key for best flavor!). Choose a seedless watermelon, or remove seeds before blending

If you prefer chilled watermelon juice, scoop and refrigerate your watermelon BEFORE blending so it’s nice and cool and refreshing and ready for serving right away (optional).

Add sliced watermelon to a high-speed blender and blend on high until well blended. You can add a bit of lime juice to taste at this point if you’d prefer some acidity. Or include other optional add-ins such as fresh ginger for zing or coconut water for sweetness and electrolytes.

Straining is optional (we recommend a fine mesh strainer) if you prefer a smoother, pulp-free juice. We don’t find it necessary, though.

Enjoy fresh or over ice. If you can’t enjoy it right away, store leftovers in the refrigerator up to 2-3 days. Or, freeze into popsicles or ice cube molds. Watermelon ice cubes can be blended into smoothies, margaritas, or frozen cocktails or used as ice cubes in sparkling water or tonics for a delicious and colorful treat!


Be Hydrated and Well!




 








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