By Michelle Mitchum, MPH. HHP
Summer is upon us! Time to put away the turtle necks and pull out the shorts. Time to put away the snowboots and pull out the flip flops. You get the idea.
Along with longer days comes warmer weather; so we totally understand wanting to spend less time in the house preparing food and more time enjoying the great outdoors.
We’re all for a nice cooked meal, but who wants to stand inside slaving over a stove when you can juice, right? We’d much rather blend a quick nourishing meal and then head outside to watch the sunset.
Here are some light-weight, refreshing recipes that’ll free up your mornings and evenings for the things that really matter.
Mango Pineapple Banana Smoothie
• 1 mango, cut into chunks
• 1 frozen banana
• 1 cup pineapple chunks
• 1/2 cup water or almond milk
• chia seeds, for garnish
Peel and dice mango. Combine mango, banana, pineapple and water/milk into blender and blend until smooth. Pour into serving cup and top with chia seeds. Makes about 2 1/2 cups.
(Recipe from The Simple Veganista)
• 2 cups seedless watermelon
• 1 apple
• 1 pear
• 2 cups fresh baby spinach (or other leafy green)
• 1/2 cup water if needed
“Alkaline Dreaming” Evening Cleansing Juice
• 1/2 head of romaine lettuce
• 1/2 lemon (yellow rind removed)
• 2 stalks of celery
• half a cucumber
• handful of cilantro (substitute parsley)
Process everything through your juicer. Strain this juice and dilute with equal parts filtered water. If not juice fasting, you can consume this juice unstrained. Makes one diluted 16-ounce
(Recipe from The Blender Girl)
Michelle Mitchum MPH, HHP, is a graduate of Morgan State University, (Baltimore, MD) and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, (New York). She has been featured on Fox Business News, Essence Magazine and is a contributing writer to Heart and Soul Magazine as well as other notable publications. In 2013 she founded the OrangeMoon Holistic Health and Wellness to empower people to make intelligent and informed decisions about their health and to introduce and educate clients on holistic lifestyle alternatives.