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Cool Summer Recipes

Chill Out with Cool Summer Recipes

130626-Summer-fruit-punch167367469-676x450Nothing is better on a summer afternoon or evening than a refreshing cold beverage. Unwind and relax with a few of these amazing summer refreshments. Share a glass and share the love of summer with your friends or neighbors. Many of these recipes will be great for baby showers, bridal parties, outdoor summertime fun and a wealth of other occasions. So, come on and chill a little!

Melon Ball Punch

Ingredients:

  • 25.4 oz. sparkling white grape juice
  • 2 c. clear lemon lime flavored soda
  • 1 c. lemonade
  • 1 small ripe watermelon
  • 1 small ripe cantaloupe
  • 1 small ripe honeydew melon
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • 2 limes, sliced, plus more for garnish if desired

In a pitcher, stir together the juice, soda and lemonade, then put in the refrigerator to chill and blend together. While the juices are in the fridge, use a melon baller to scoop out the flesh of the melons. Place the balls on a foil lined cookie sheet and place in the freezer. Let them stay in the freezer until frozen through. Once frozen, add melon balls to pitcher as well as mint leaves and sliced lime. Do not add all the melon balls at one time. Make sure you have room to stir in the pitcher. Refrigerate for 30 additional minutes to let all the flavors blend. Serve cold in a glass and add additional melon balls as ice cubes. Garnish with lime and mint and enjoy!
Blackberry Sage Cooler

Ingredients:

  • 15 medium size sage leaves
  • 4 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 c. water
  • 8 oz. blackberries

Bring water and sugar to boil over high heat and keep on heat until sugar is dissolved, then remove from the heat. Crush sage leaves with a mortar and pestle or with the back of a spoon. Add the sage leaves to the simple syrup and set aside for approximately 15 minutes for the sage to infuse the syrup. While it infuses, puree the blackberries in a blender. Once pureed, send through a fine strainer to remove all the seeds. To serve add one tablespoon of puree and one tablespoon of sage syrup to a glass and fill remaining with club soda. Add a fresh mint leaf or blackberry garnish to the glass and serve.

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  • ¾ c. water
  • ½ c. sugar
  • Frozen lemonade concentrate (or freshly made)
  • 3-4 organic lavender buds

Heat water and sugar on stove until sugar is dissolved, then add lavender buds to infuse mixture. Remove from heat and let cool. Add prepared lemonade, minus one cup of water, to pitcher. Strain lavender from syrup. Add syrup mixture to lemonade and stir. Let refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. For coloring you can add one drop of red and one drop of blue food coloring to ¼ cup of water and add into mixture. Note: Instead of using lavender buds, you can use lavender essential oil. Please check to ensure essential oil is 100% therapeutic and safe for ingestion.

Quick, Healthy conversions

  • 2 c. sugar = 1 c. honey
  • 1 c. sugar = ½ c. agave nectar
  • 1 c. sugar = 1 c. coconut sugar

Homemade Sports Quencher

  • ½ liter ginger water (recipe below)
  • 1 liter water
  • Juice of 3 small lemons
  • ½ tsp. sea salt (or omit or add to, if necessary)
  • Honey to taste (can substitute Stevia or sweetener)

Ginger Water

  • 1 medium ginger root
  • 1 liter water
  • Honey or stevia to taste

Cut ginger root into large coin size pieces. In a medium size pot, bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer for 15 minutes. Let cool and then add desired sweetener. Store in fridge.

Mix all ingredients together and place in fridge for at least 30 mins. Drink and Enjoy!

Snazzy Up Your Glass: Freezing Ice Cubes for Flare

Add a little pizazz to your cup this summer with these frozen ice cube ideas. Take an ordinary drink and make it extraordinary with a few simple ideas. Color, ingredients and even flowers will add a beautiful punch to your summertime favorites with these iced up ideas.

Crushed Up Fruit Cubes

Take your favorite fruits like watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, or any fruit of your choice. Fill each ice cube mold with fruit and top with lemonade. Freeze and add to water or tea for a delicious treat full of antioxidants.

Coffee Cubes

Many of us enjoy the taste of fresh coffee but a warm cup during the summer might not be what you enjoy. Instead, freeze left over coffee and add to your favorite cup of coffee for a cool summer treat that won’t dilute the taste of your next cup.

Lime & Mint for Mojitos

download (8)Instead of having to crush mojito ingredients, prepare them early in ice cube trays. Mince mint and lime and add to water in ice trays. Once firm, add to a glass and lightly mince. Add additional mojito ingredients and keep your glass fresh with flavor.

 

Wine Coolers

Leave the ice tray at home for this catchy idea. Simply place grapes of your choice (purple or green) in the freezer and add to your favorite wine to keep it good and cold. Use the green grapes for white wine and purple grapes for red.

Ice Koozie for Bottles

For your next party, make this neat ice koozie for liquor bottles. Cut off the top of a 2 liter bottle. Insert liquor bottle into plastic liter bottle. Add water to fill one third of the plastic bottle and add fruit, flowers or coloring of your choice. Place in freezer. Once frozen, remove and repeat the steps for the middle portion of the bottle and then finally the last third of the bottle. When it’s time for the party, remove the plastic bottle form and place on table for a pretty display of your favorites.

Pupsicle

Don’t forget your little four-legged friends with this fun Pupsicle. Take any cake mold and fill with doggie toys and treats, then fill with water. Place in freezer until firm. Remove and place on a cake plate or doggie bowl to keep them cool, too!

 

 

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Save Yourself – Healthy Habits for Summer

We all love to have tan bodies during the summer, but sun worshipers beware!  Melanoma, which is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, is also one of the most common forms of cancer and is connected to overexposure to UVA and UVB rays. Although you can have overexposure to the sun any time of the year, it’s more likely to happen during the dog days of summer.  Longer days, warmer temperatures and enjoying the outdoors during the summer months makes this season a prime time to overexpose your body to the elements. By following a few simple steps, you can be on your way to a safer and healthier summer.

Overexposure

When you think about the term “overexposure,” you probably think about sunburns or being in the sun for extended periods of time. For example, hours upon hours enjoying the sand at the beach, right? In actuality, overexposure means any more than 15 minutes exposed to the sun before 10 a.m. or after 2 p.m. Anything more than that is considered overexposure.

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The Difference Between UVA and UVB Rays

UVA rays are less intense than UVB rays and are more preventable as well. UVA rays are present any time of the day, even the cloudiest of days. UVB rays cause burns and reddening of the skin. UVB rays are the ones responsible for damaging the surface of the skin.

Aging and Wrinkles

Sun exposure gradually thins skin and that is what causes wrinkles. To keep the signs of aging away a little longer, it’s imperative to reduce your exposure to the sun as well as to apply sunscreen. Another idea is to invest in a few sun-proof shirts.  These shirts can be found at local outdoor sporting goods stores. They’re lightweight, allowing heat to flow away from the body, but protect the skin form the sun’s harmful rays.

Tips for Staying Sun Safe This Summer

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  • Use sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. It’s no longer just about a high level of SPF in your sunscreen.
  • Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before exposure. This allows ample time for the sunscreen to be absorbed by the skin and offers the highest level of protection.
  • Your eyes need just as much protection from the sun as your skin. Make sure to wear sunglasses while exposed to the sun. Today there are so many varieties you can find a pair that offers protection against both UVA and UVB rays.

Moisturize Regularly

  • Lips need love, too! Keep your lips well-protected against damaging rays by applying an SPF lip balm or ChapStick® to your lips on a regular basis. This will help keep them moisturized and soft.
  • Moisturize often. Keep your skin pliable and soft by moisturizing throughout the day and throughout the year. Purchase a daily moisturizer that has at least 15 SPF (and this goes for the men as well). Women can purchase makeup with an added SPF and if your makeup doesn’t have it, make sure to apply a facial moisturizer that does before putting on your makeup.
  • As always, make sure your children are protected with hats, sunglasses and clothing that covers delicate skin. Use UVA/UVB sunscreens with at least 45+ SPF. Apply sunscreen often. Although some sunscreens are water repellent, it’s still a good idea to reapply frequently to avoid sunburns.

When it’s beautiful outside, make sure you take the right steps before enjoying the sun to avoid causing damage to your skin. With these helpful tips you can keep your entire family safe this summer and all year round!