Cooling Summer Recipes

Summer is finally here. With all the outdoor activities to explore and the colorful clothes to wear, you must be excited! However, it is important to keep hydrated and eat healthy. Below are some simple, cooling summer recipes that are actually healthy!

VIBRANT VITAMIN C ICE LOLLIES

(vegan, raw, gluten-free)

These deliciously healthy ice lollies are sure to be a hit with adults and children alike. Lemons and oranges are high in vitamin C, flavonoids and antioxidants. Mint AIDS digestion. This recipe makes about 4 ice lollies.

Ingredients:

Juice of two large oranges

Juice of half a lemon

8-12 mint leaves, finely chopped (or one drop of food-grade mint essential oil)

2 tbsp maple syrup (can use raw honey instead)

Method:

Mix all the ingredients together and pour in ice lolly trays. Place ice stick in the middle, and let the lollies set in the freezer for 6-8 hours until fully set. Enjoy these healthy summer delights!

FRUIT INFUSED WATER

(vegan, raw, gluten-free)

Hydration is very important for good health. Water is one of the best thirst quenchers. Get creative and increase the health benefits of water my adding other nutrient-rich foods to it. The image shows sparkling water infused with lemon slices, lime slices and mint leaves. Other ideas are adding summer berries to water, apple and cinnamon infused water, and also rose petal and raw honey infused water. Put on your creative cap and have fun with flavoring water to hydrate yourself.

CUCUMBER SALAD AND SORBET DUO

(vegan, raw, gluten-free)

Cucumber is an excellent summer thirst-quencher, filled with water, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, magnesium, potassium and manganese. Raw honey contains many amino acids, enzymes, minerals and some vitamins (like vitamin B6 and thiamin).

CUCUMBER SORBET (2 servings)

Ingredients:

1/2 a cucumber

8-12 mint leaves

Juice of 1/4 lemon

1 tbsp raw honey

Method:

Blend all the ingredients. Put the mixture in a suitable container and freeze for 6-8 hours until set. Enjoy the refreshing summer flavors!

CUCUMBER SALAD (2 servings)

Ingredients:

1 cucumber, long pieces

4-6 mint leaves, finely chopped

Juice of 1/4 lemon

1/2 tbsp raw honey (optional)

1/4 Thai red chilli, chopped finely (optional)

Method:

Marinade the cucumber pieces with lemon juice, mint, raw honey (optional) and the red chilli (optional). Enjoy on its own or with the cucumber sorbet.

Have a fun-filled summer,

Seema

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Seema Shah has worked in healthcare for over a decade as a clinician in UK. Her interest in holistic health made her explore various fields over the years, and has enabled her to come up with a unique plant-based holistic health coaching approach. She trained as a holistic health coach at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. In 2009, she trained an a raw food chef. Furthermore, her passion for yoga and meditation led her to train as a yoga instructor. Seema also loves to inspire and educate people to use essential oils for their health and wellbeing. In her spare time, Seema loves to express her creativity through the world of colours by painting, which she finds therapeutic.

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