Refreshing Cucumber Limeade

“Summer afternoon- summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ~Henry James

Summer is here. And boy, is it hot down here in Florida! I wanted to briefly apologize for my blog posts being rather sparse and inconsistent these last few months! I’ve been a little bit distracted and preoccupied lately as we are getting ready to move across the country…in the vertical sense. Yes, from the furthest point south (Florida) to the furthest point north…Maine! We are moving to Maine! Every time I say that I think it will sink in a little bit more but I still think it hasn’t. We are very excited about our new adventure which begins in less than 2 weeks! So over the next couple of months my blog will be taking a spin…transitioning…as my life, climate, local foods, places to shop, seasonal produce…and just about everything else…will all be changing! I’m excited about the change though…and excited to share it with you. And as far as summer goes, we’ll basically be getting “two summers” this year as here in Florida summer started in April…and up there in Maine summer is just starting. Some of the produce that has already had its full season down here won’t start until August up there! Ha! By the way, I actually took my cover photo in Maine during our vacation last summer when we went blueberry picking in the mountains. :)

Anyway, more on “the move” and “changes” later. For now, I wanted to share a refreshing summer drink with you. My husband is the one that actually gave me the idea! He had this great idea of making cucumber lemonade…which was brilliant…and gave me the idea of cucumber limeade (love the green color)!

Cucumber Lemonade

Alright…here’s the recipe for the green stuff…

 

Cucumber Limeade (serves 2)

 

Ingredients

Juice of 1 cucumber (with peel) and 2 limes (without peels), yields approx. 1 cup of juice

2 cups of filtered water

12 drops of liquid stevia, or to taste

Ice

 

Method

1. Wash your cucumber and limes with veggie/fruit spray (I use Fit) and rinse well. Cut ends off cucumber and peel your limes.

2. Set your juicer on  “low speed” and juice the limes, then follow with the cucumber. (should have about 1 cup of juice)

3. Pour the juice into a pitcher and add 2 cups of cold water. Stir.

4. Add liquid stevia to taste.

5. Pour over ice in glasses and garnish with fresh slices of lime.

 

Enjoy!

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Watermelon Lemonade Chiller

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“We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons.” ~Alfred E. Newman

In case you haven’t noticed there is a massive heat wave going on in our country right now with many states temperatures reaching in the triple digits! Escape the heat by making a pitcher of this semi-frozen watermelon lemonade..and invite your friends to share!

Two of my favorite things to have on a hot summer day come together in this drink! Watermelon, and fresh squeezed lemonade! I first heard of watermelon lemonade from another food blog Rawmazing and thought it was just brilliant! I made some and was smitten. However, I thought it would especially amazing if it was a little bit frozen…hence “chiller.”

Watermelons are packed full of nutrients. They are full of vitamin C, A, B6, and potassium. Watermelon is also a great source of lycopene. Studies have shown that diets that include foods rich in lycopene such as watermelon and tomatoes can greatly reduce your risk for certain types of cancer. Lycopene is also good for the heart.

Lemons are another amazing fruit. They are great for ridding the body of toxins. The citric acid in them aid in digestion and is also said to help break up kidney stones. Lemons are also vitamin C power packs. Vitamin C is a vital antioxidant that helps to build your immune system and protect your body from infections. Vitamin C also aids the body in iron absorption in the blood.

Enjoy and stay cool!

Watermelon Lemonade Chiller (serves 4)

3 cups of frozen cubed seedless watermelon

3 cups of fresh seedless watermelon, cubed

juice from 2 1/2 lemons, freshly squeezed

liquid stevia to taste

1. Add frozen and fresh watermelon in a blender. Add lemon juice, and blend.

2. Add a few drops of liquid stevia to taste. (If fruit is ripe enough, you may not even need it!) If you would like it to be a bit more frozen, add ice.

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Nutrition of lemons

Nutrition of watermelon