Basil Lemonade

It's starting to feel like summer here in the Seattle area!  I love lemonade but hate how the store bought brands are loaded with sugar.  While participating in the Whole Life Challenge, I need a healthy drink to quench my thirst on hot days.  

Here's my alternative recipe:

  • 2 Lemons
  • 1 Stevia Packet
  • 2 -3 Basil Leaves
  • Ice
  • Water
Peel and juice 2 lemons using a hand citrus juicer or something like that.  I personally use a Waring Pro for convenience.  Combine the lemon juice, stevia, basil leaves and a few cube of ice to a 16 ounce glass.  Use a muddler to blend the ingredients together and bring out the basil flavor.  Add a few more ice cubes and fill the rest of the glass with water.  Stir and enjoy! 

Blood Orange Green Smoothie

I don't know what it is but I like Blood Oranges way more than your regular run of the mill Oranges.  Maybe it's the antioxidants, the extra Folic Acid or just the name, but whenever I see these guys in the store I've got to get some.

Blood oranges taste amazing in a Green Smoothie because of their berry like overtones.  Here's the recipe I used today:

1 Blood Orange peeled

1 Cup of Coconut Water

1 Cup of Mixed Greens (I used Kale, Arugula, Mache, and Cilantro)

1 Tablespoon of Ground Flax Seed

Blend all the ingredients in a high powered blender like a Vitamix or Blendtec and enjoy!