There were days last week where I literally felt that if I stepped outside I would melt into the sidewalk upon contact. I’m sure many of you can relate. This summer has been a sizzler!
All the more reason to load up on fresh, watery fruits and veggies, right? I have been in no mood to cook lately, which is saying something major because that almost never happens to me. Salads and smoothies are all I’m craving. (I’m also a little addicted to coconut water right now.)
This sweet and refreshing Cherry Coconut Chiller is the ultimate hot weather beverage! After a hot run or walk in the early morning sun, gulping down a glass of this chiller is like finding an oasis in the middle of an arid desert. I can almost feel my cells soaking in the hydration with every sip.
Cherries are one of my favorite summer treats. I can hardly open the refrigerator without grabbing a few from the bowl to nibble on. I could sing the praises of cherries’ health benefits for pages on end, but here are a few highlights:
- That gorgeous red color we know and love? It’s actually one of the reasons cherries are so nutritious. Cherries get their vibrant color from flavanoid molecules that exert a vast array of beneficial effects on the body, including the production of anti-inflammatory enzymes.
- While sweet cherries offer the most pleasant flavor, tart cherries are actually the highest of the two in healthful compounds.
- Because of their anti-inflammatory properties, cherries may aid in the management of arthritis symptoms and joint pain.
I also added a few grated beets to this smoothie for added nutrition and a color boost. Head over here to read up on their stellar nutritional profile.
Thankfully, despite the heat, there are still plenty of nutritious no-cook recipes we can savor on these scorching days. (If you’ve ever wanted to do a raw food cleanse, now would be the time, people!)
Here are some delicious recipes that don’t require firing up the oven or stove:
- Kale & Carrot Salad with Ginger Peanut Dressing
- Cucumber & Tomato Carpaccio
- Sunny Currant Freezer Treats
- Sugar-Free Watermelon Lemonade
(And if you haven’t already, check out this list of 101 naturally gluten-free salad recipes!)
Cherry Coconut Chiller
Makes 1 large or 2 small servings
1/2 cup fresh pitted sweet cherries
1/4 cup grated beets
3-4 ice cubes
1/4 cup canned coconut milk (full fat)
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon Grade B maple syrup (or stevia to taste)
Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth. Serve right away.
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