Saturday, July 23, 2011

Cold Soups and Smoothies to Stay Cool

With the heat wave, I feel compelled to write more about ways to stay cool. Besides drinking lots of water and eating fruits and vegetables in salads, there are more cooling options to include local produce into your diets while at the same time, reducing the strain on the power grid and keeping the house cool.

For example, try a cold soup! I love creamy cucumber or gazpacho in the summer. Here are several chilled soup recipes from Eating Well Magazine. While some initially require cooking, there are some that are completely raw. Today, I will try the watermelon gazpacho with the yellow watermelon I have in the fridge. It looks and sounds delicious!

Another alternative is a cool smoothie. For breakfast or sometimes lunch, I will whip up the following:

1 c water

½ frozen banana

½ c frozen blueberries

sprinkle of cinnamon and ginger

¼ avocado

1 scoop protein powder (optional)

1 handful baby greens

Whip everything up in the blender. Add more water if you’d like it thinner. You can also substitute nut or any type of milk for the water and add a bit of coconut oil, nut butter, or coconut milk as the fat source instead of the avocado. For a lighter snack, you can omit the protein powder and avocado.

What are your favorite chilled foods (besides ice cream : )

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