Take down the heat with these refreshing smoothies and juices from my books The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan and 60 Seconds to Slim. Summer is the perfect time to get more fruit into your diet. And thanks to their vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, they’ll also be a huge boost to your health. Here’s to your health! Cheers!
Cran-Berry Melon Super Juice
This fruit combination is so delicious you might not realize that it’s actually a super health cocktail as well. Compounds in the cranberries line the cells of the urinary tract to eliminate harmful bacteria. Blueberries contain anti-inflammatory nutrients that are ten times stronger than aspirin without the harmful side-effects. Watermelon is one of the few foods that boost the phytonutrient glutathione, which helps neutralize many toxins in the body.
2 large slices of watermelon (seedless)
½ cup blueberries
½ cup cranberries (fresh or frozen)
Juice or blend all ingredients (blend if using frozen cranberries). Serve over ice.
Bobbi’s Strawberry Daquiri
My sister, Bobbi Meyer, at Sweet Greens Café in Hagersville, Ontario (opening this summer!) shared this refreshing and oh-so-tasty recipe with me. You’ll love knowing that this amazing drink is also helping your body to heal. Only eight strawberries contain more vitamin C than an orange and help your body to prevent or fight heart disease, arthritis, memory loss, wrinkling, or cancer.
1 orange, juiced
1 cup frozen strawberries
½ lime, juiced
Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Drink immediately. Alternatively, peel one orange and half a lime and blend in a blender with the frozen strawberries.
Discover my Super Summer Healing Juice that’s a potent anti-inflammatory but also tastes amazing…Super Summer Healing Juice
Let’s face it: everyone overdoes it at some point during the summer. Whether it’s too much sun or excessive physical activity, this juice is refreshing and helps to take down inflammation quickly. Its’ anti-inflammatory properties are thanks to the enzyme bromelain in the pineapple (only fresh or frozen, canned pineapple has no enzymes left) and the gingerols in ginger. Extensive research shows that the compounds in ginger are more potent than many anti-inflammatory drugs.
1/2 pineapple, outer skin and core removed
1 1-inch piece of ginger
Pass all ingredients through a juicer or blend in a high powered blender with enough cold water to suit your preference. Serve over ice and drink immediately.
Minty Melon Refresher
This icy drink is perfect on a hot summer day when you need refreshment. It’s cooling, calming, and oh so delicious. The sweet watermelon with the mint leaves is a fantastic flavor combination.
2 cups seeded and coarsely chopped watermelon (honeydew melon also works well)
10 ice cubes
4 mint leaves
In a blender, combine the watermelon, ice cubes, and mint. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately.