Beat The Heat With These Cool Summer Drinks

We are in the middle of a heat wave and I do not like it. It’s hot and gross and there are only so many hours you can hang out in the grocery store before security starts following you around. Yes, I know I have been here every day for the past week for 8 hours straight and have only bought some bananas or grapes…. ok I haven’t done that, but lately, that’s all I’ve wanted to do.

So, let’s turn to plan B. We will cool ourselves with some refreshing drinks, and even though alcohol will dehydrate you, you can have some every now and then, just make sure to drink lots of water.

The first drink you don’t have to put in the vodka, it’s just as tasty without it. I would recommend you pulse some ice in a food processer to make it extra cold.

1. Watermelon and Lime

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2. Dark Cherry Lime Slushy, photo credit goes to Brandi from The Vegan 8. I’m not a fan of cherries, but I wish I could reach through the screen and enjoy this slushy.

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3. Pomegranate Swizzle, photo credit goes to Ginny from The Vegan in the Freezer. This drink calls for rum, but I’m sure it will be just as refreshing without it.

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4. Heartbreaker Rose Syrup Cocktail, photo credit goes to Kathy from Healthy Slow Cooking. Now, I wouldn’t drink more than one of these, but it looks too pretty not to try it.

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5. Creamsicle Smoothie.  The photo credit goes to Dreena from Plant Powered Kitchen. Adults and kids alike can enjoy this treat. I’d be tempted to make extras and freeze it.

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6. Creamy Blended Frozen Mocha. Photo Credit goes to Katie from Chocolate Covered Katie. I don’t drink coffee anymore, but this is exactly what I would be having for breakfast if I did.

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7. Labor Day Pina Coladas. Photo credit goes to Chef Chloe. It may say labor day pina coladas, but I’m not waiting, minus the rum it’s a nice and refreshing taste of the tropics- to go with this heat we’re having. Just close your eyes and pretend you’re somewhere else.

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8. Salted Caramel Cluster Vegan Shake. Photo credit goes to Mel from A Virtual Vegan. STOP THE PRESSES, this looks like I’m wanting this for dinner tonight!!!

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9. Sparkling Watermelon Agua Fresca. Photo credit goes to Amy from Veggies Save The Day. This sparkling water with watermelon will be the hit of your pool party.

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10. Peaches and Cream Nice Cream Float. Photo credit goes to Sarah from Fried Dandelions. Move over root beer float, we have a new favorite. Shh, we won’t tell them it’s healthy, ok Mom?

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11. Kiwi Strawberry Crush Cocktail. Photo credit goes to Becky from Glue and Glitter. This looks really great! You could almost get away with saying it’s a salad. Vodka is made from potatoes and then there’s strawberries and kiwi. You’re welcome 😉 Just don’t over do it.

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12. Power Grape Juice. Photo credit goes to Claire from Reboot with Joe. This is so easy to make and look at that lovely colour!!

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13. Frosty Strawberry Lemonade with Mint. Photo credit goes to Somer from Vedged Out. Oh boy, this could be had all day long!!

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14. Coquito Bonito. Photo credit goes to Terry from Vegan Latina. Sure, why not?! Maybe a little taste of Christmas will make things cooler….

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15. Double Chocolate Hazelnut Shookie. Photo credit goes to Annie from An Unrefined Vegan. Annie had me at double chocolate.

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16. Strawberry Lemonade Bliss, by Tess. Photo credit goes to Michelle Donner. Lemonade is a staple during summer. I think you will love this one.

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17. Caramel Peanut Apple Smoothie. Photo credit goes to Brittney from Plant Power Couple. Need I say more? I didn’t think so. Also, I see you drooling 😉

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18. Peach Avocado Green Smoothie. Photo credit goes to Noelle from Singers Kitchen. What a great way to get an abundance of fruits and veggies into a glass.

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19. Don’t Put Down that Glass of Matcha Tropical Smoothie .Photo credit goes to The Food Duo. Great smoothie to start your day right.

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20. Watermelon MojiWatermelon Mojito. This is a nice and refreshing juice. I almost forgot about it.

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21. Blissful Citrus Thirst Quencher. Photo credit goes to Miriam from Mouth Watering Vegan. This is what you need to take on your picnic.

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22. Tropical Smoothie with Mango & Banana. Recipe by Becky from Glue and Glitter. Photo credit goes to Cadry from Cadry’s Kitchen.

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23. Virgin Banana Daiquiris. Photo credit goes to Rebecca from Strength and Sunshine. Looks perfect!

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24. Nectarine Lemonade. Photo credit goes to Vicky and Ruth from May I Have That Recipe.

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25. Pina Colada Smoothie . Photo credit goes to Marly from Namely Marly. It’s green!!! Love it!

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26. Cardamom Cinnamon Turmeric Iced Tea. Photo credit goes to Richa from Vegan Richa.I think this would be great for after dinner.

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27. White Chocolate Cake Strawberry Milkshake. Photo credit goes to Brandi from The Vegan 8. Now this is epic!!

 

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28. Spiked Orange Julius. Photo credit goes to Jackie from Vegan Yack Attack, Hello beautiful!!!

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29. Iced Vanilla Bean Matcha Latte. Photo credit goes to Angela from Oh She Glows. I want two!

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30. Piña Colada Smoothie. Photo credit goes to Melissa from Vegan Huggs. Looks refreshing.

 

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31. Vanilla Mint Superfood Smoothies w/ Spirulina. Photo credit goes to Sarah from Well and Full. I love this colour, don’t  you?

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32. Healthy Purple Smoothie. Photo credit goes to Clint and Brooke from Grab Your Spork. I’m not a huge fan of blueberries, but I want this.

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33. Ginger Switchel Floats with Cinnamon Ice Cream. Photo credit goes to Kristina from Spabettie. This will be worth the effort.

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34. Watermelon Frosty. Photo credit goes to Kathy from Healthy Happy Life. Can’t wait to try this one.

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35. Pineapple Mint Agua Fresca. Photo credit goes to Kathy from Healthy Slow Cooking. What a cute glass!!


That’s all I have for now. If there’s a demand I will post more refreshing beat the heat drinks. Now that you have quenched your thirst, the next post will be about food. Stayed tuned.

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Watermelon and Lime Martini

I have a great martini recipe for you. If you don’t drink, skip the vodka as this is something you want to try . If you don’t have a juicer, just blend the watermelon and then strain it (or don’t, it just won’t be as smooth.)

Watermelon Martini

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Serves 1

Ingredients:

1/4 of a large watermelon

1 lime

a shot of vodka or maybe two depending on the type of day you had 😉

Method:

  1. Wash the watermelon and lime before slicing.
  2. Cut your watermelon in half, then half the half, take of rind. Cut the fruit into piece that will easily fit into the juicer.
  3. Put watermelon pieces into fridge and let chill for 1/2 or so.
  4. Cut and peel the lime.
  5. On low speed, drop the watermelon in, then the lime, switch it to high.
  6. Add some ice and your vodka.
  7. Enjoy.

If you don’t have a juicer, then like I said just use a blender, but you need to juice the lime. You can get a cheap hand held citrus juicer at the dollar store, or an inexpensive power citrus juicer at a discount grocery store like Superstore, Walmart.

NOTE** If you put your watermelon in the fridge first you tend to get more juice. Fresh juice will still be good up to 72 hrs I heard, but it’s really the best very cold the day of making it or the next day.

If you are making this for a party, I would use 4-5 limes per whole watermelon.

Don’t skip the lime. The lime gives it a little something special. If you skip it, all you taste is watermelon and I personally didn’t like straight watermelon juice. I drank this juice all the time when I was rebooting, once I was done the reboot, I made this drink.

Yes, I know, it’s not in a martini glass, but this just saves me from having to get up a few seconds after making the first one, to pour another one 😉

How are you going to martini today?

The Squeeze

Simply RAWnchy Detox Juices, Smoothies, Clean Eats & Treats

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Warning- if you get offended easily, stop reading. If you have a sense of humor and want to get your skin glowing and feel fab- then grab a glass and juice on!

This is not a diet book it’s about loving and worshiping your sexy self. Karliin Brooks explains why you should go raw, and you don’t need a fancy dehydrator, you can turn your oven into one. Why detox? There’s so many perks- you know taking care of ones’ butt leads to a clear gut. Yes, there’s even a cute little poop chart so you know what poop-fection should look like. Wondering what type of juicer to buy? No problems Karliin has you covered, she explains the types of juicers, and includes a tool check list and a cleanse prep talk.

There’s 3 levels to her juicing guides. Level 1- Basic Bitch, Level 2-Give it to me harder, Level 3- Baddest Bitch. All levels come with a sample menu, side effects (like glowing skin, sex kitten to I gotta pee). Karliin acknowledges that one size doesn’t fit all- so go ahead you sexy Momma and play around, have fun.

From the time I opened the book and starting reading the titles, I knew anyone could go on a cleanse or start juicing even if it’s only a juice a day. With the names like blue balls, shake your peaches, I have a heart on, Kale the pain away and so on who couldn’t have fun? Not only is this book amusing- but it’s full of nutrients that you wouldn’t be able to just eat. No one eats 1/2 a large watermelon and lime in one sitting, but one can easily drink it, even if they didn’t add vodka 😉

Karliin has Beverages, Tonics/elixirs etc, Mylks, Smoothies and Shakes, Lunch and Dinner, Snaxx and treats for you to feast on. I’m going to share one of my favorite juices with you. Ok it’s really a smoothie (if you have a juicer I recommend you try juicing it as well). The lime takes the watermelon to the next level. They are perfect lovers, don’t try to separate them. The watermelon will taste like tears. Seriously.

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What can be better? This drink is easy, almost a little too easy. But don’t get suspicious…. It’s easy because it includes the best ingredients that momma nature has to offer.

1-2 servings

4 cups watermelon, frozen will give you a creamier texture

8 fresh mint leaves

1 lime juiced.

Blend all ingredients together until smooth and delicious. If using fresh watermelon, pulse in a handful of ice at the very end to ensure ultimate refresh-ability.

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Karliin Brooks is the founder of The Squeeze (click here for locations) a cleansing and juicing lifestyle brand located in New York. She went vegan in high school. When diagnosed with Graves disease she turned to a juicing and cleansing lifestyle.

Skyhorse Publishing sent a copy to me for review, and will send one lucky winner a copy as well. Must be 18 or older, be a resident of Canada or America and shouldn’t be afraid of serious side effects like being healthy and having more energy. Click HERE to enter.

*I was given permission to re-print the recipe by SkyHorse Publishing.

Let us know what refreshing juice, smoothies and treats you enjoy while eating raw and feeling your sexiest?

 

My 10 year old-self and Juice

I lost my motivation yesterday. I didn’t feel like doing anything. Didn’t feel like cleaning, laundry, cooking basically adulting. I didn’t adult much of the day. Still wearing my pj’s at 2 pm and hungry it was only natural to make a grilled cheeze. Right? It was an effort to defrost two slices of bread and butter them up and throw on 2 slices of cheeze.

Have you guys ever tried Chao from Field Roast yet?

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imageOf course I paired this with ketchup, that’s what the inner 10-year-old self wanted.

After eating this I made three types of juice. That’s about the only adulting I did. Plus I actually got dressed to make them 🙂

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oranges, apples and lemon

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Look at the beautiful juice!!!! Very tasty! And because I was still feeling lazy, I put a bag in the container to catch the pulp.

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Apple bags come in handy. You can also use the bags you put your produce in. I didn’t save the pulp, but Kayla does and she uses it for soups and such. If you want more juice ideas check out Joe’s site. He has tons 🙂

What is your favorite lazy day meal or juice?

The snooze button is trying to kill me


I swear to my God it is trying to kill me. I set my alarm for 6 am- knowing full well the snooze button is a trusted friend of mine. I hit it every ten mins until it’s 7 am. But this morning, laying in bed- stretching, falling in and out of sleep while listening to the birds- I had a really hard time breaking up with my bed. So I continued my love affair with my bed until 8:30 while my alarm clock rang out jealously (every damn 10 mins) competing with my phone’s alarm sounding like jealous lovers.

I finally jumped out out of bed, realizing that my bed was like a secret lover who was selfish not letting me go- making me intoxicated with sleepy eyes- I needed to get going. Wake the kids up, and get them to school even though school started 5 mins ago.

I had to pull the kids out of their beds as their beds had a firm grip on them as well, finally we were out the door. Start the car- of course I needed air for my tire. Not bad. They were only 1 1/2 hr late. If it wasn’t for the parent/teacher interview tonight- I would’ve called in a stress day.

Believe me, when the snooze is trying to kill you- it’s a legit reason. I can not wait to feel my blankets wrapped around me while I lay on my bed with my head all comfy in the pillows…… But for now- I will have a juice!

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How many times do you hit the snooze before you get up?