Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Smoothie Sailing!

Wow! What a scorcher today huh! The humidity is through the roof and the overcast skies cannot offer us any more reprieve than a direct beam break.  Be sure to load up on fluids on days like today and don't forget your pets.  The garden is thirsty too, but it is best watered in the morning, because the sunlight can damage the parts of the plant that have standing water on their leaves.
There are ways to replenish fluids, water obviously being the best, smoothies being a nutrient packed fun way to do so.  The kids went on a nature hike with my sister Gayle, so I decided to treat myself to something cool and refreshing.  I still have some blueberries left (store bought, frozen, wild) so I whipped up something I had not  made in ages, a blueberry milkshake.  The guilt levels were virtually zero because I used low fat ice cream, 1 cup blueberries, and soy milk.  Talk about a vitamin powerhouse!! Again loads of Vitamins A and C, calcium, fiber, potassium riboflavin, magnesium and iron to name a few.  I tossed it in the processor and blended it for about 5 seconds and PRESTO, a nutritious and delicious plus refreshing treat without the shock wave of guilt or the sugary crash of quick carbs!! For smoothies, simply substitute yogurt for the ice cream double the fruit of choice and add 1 cup crushed ice as well.  Blend as usual and enjoy.  Don't forget alcohol dehydrates you, so for these hot days, you want to incorporate just as much water into the regime as you do alcohol!!

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