Summer Refreshers

Summer Refreshers

It’s officially summer! And here in Belgium the temperatures have definitely been reflecting that.

Hydration during the summer is so. freaking. important. Yes, every nutritionist bangs on about this, but it’s for a good reason. You can read more about how much you really need to drink over here.

I just recently spent several weeks travelling in Thailand and Myanmar, and one thing I was really loving were the abundant, fresh fruit juices on every menu. Both my boyfriend and I, along with everyone else we were travelling with, quickly became obsessed with lime juice!

When I wasn’t feeling the lime juice and wanted something a bit sweeter I would grab watermelon instead. Over the course of our three weeks away, I definitely had one of the two every single day.

The best thing about making these at home is that you can control the ingredients and any added sugar. They are super simple and easy to whip up just for yourself or a group.

Let me know which one is your favourite!

Lime Juice

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ tbsp (40mL) fresh lime juice

  • ½ tsp brown sugar

  • 1 ½ cup (375mL) sparkling mineral water (we like Pellegrino)

  • ½ cup (125mL) ice cubes

In a large glass combine all ingredients and mix well until sugar is dissolved. Adjust juice to taste by adding more sugar or lime juice. Enjoy!

Serves two

Watermelon Juice

Ingredients:

  • 225g fresh watermelon, rind and black seeds removed

  • 3-4 sprigs fresh mint

  • 1 cup (250mL) cold water

  • 1 cup (250mL) ice cubes

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into two glasses and garnish with extra watermelon and mint if desired. Enjoy!

Serves two

Golden Turmeric Latte

Have you ever tried a Golden Latte before?

Besides being a beautiful shade of yellow, this latte is delicious and full of superpower spices! It takes its colour from turmeric, and you’ll also add in some cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom to boost the flavour even further.

Turmeric has been shown to have a vast amount of health benefits. For example, it has anti-inflammatory benefits, could decrease cancer risk, and it is supportive of our detoxification system. In addition, it has the potential to help improve our cognitive function, our kidney function, and to help maintain our blood sugar balance.

You don’t need a lot of turmeric to see the health benefits! It’s been reported that as little as half a teaspoon a day can give positive effects.

I like drinking golden lattes in the evening before bed; the spice blend is calming, soothing, and is a great way to transition towards sleep!

Golden Turmeric Latte

Ingredients:

  • 250mL (1 cup) Almond milk

  • 250mL (1 cup) Water

  • 30mL (2 tbsp) Honey

  • 5mL (1 tsp) Turmeric

  • 2mL (½ tsp) Cinnamon

  • 1mL (¼ tsp) Cardamom

  • 1mL (¼ tsp) Ginger

In a saucepan over low heat, whisk together all ingredients. Bring to a low simmer then remove from heat and pour into two large mugs. Enjoy!

Serves two

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