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Cool Down Cubes

Cool Down Cubes

Finally, summer is here! Nothing beats a refreshing drink on a hot summer day. Quenching your thirst and cooling your body down often needs a little more jazzing up in place of plain water, or sugar filled drinks like a mojito or some sangria. I’m all for indulging in moderation, but I have been looking for ways to enjoy a treat, that is less sweet. 

I’ve personally been trying to minimize the amount of sugar that I consume on a regular basis…woman, it’s hard. When dining out or eating anything processed, sugar is everywhere. I’ve made an effort to celebrate natural sugars such as coconut sugar, honey, maple syrup, and the natural sweetness found in fruits but technically, sugar is sugar.  Although coconut sugar or any of the natural substitutes will still spike your blood levels, there are also minerals within them that have some value versus the pure white bleached stuff.

With desire to fill my sweet tooth and the need to cool down combined, the first thing that came to mind was watermelon. This was the primary ingredient to this super simple recipe, along with a few others and their benefits:

Watermelon: The flavour profile primarily triggers our sweet taste buds, but it is actually known to have about half of the sugar of an apple.  It’s known as a detoxifier as it helps induce urination. It contains lycopene (as do other several red coloured fruits and vegetables), and also contains Vitamin C.

Lime: less acidic than a lemon, this sour fruit also has cooling effects, and helps aid with digestion as it stimulates the flow of salvia, and gets the liver going. 

Mint: this ingredient is very popular in the herbal world, due its many diverse offerings.  It is known to promote circulation of energy, blood, and the lymph. It has cooling properties, and will help remove excessive heat (think hives), and promotes perspiration. 

Combining the above ingredients will make for a unique way to add some flavour to your water, or other drink of choice, all while helping you cool down.

INGREDIENTS Serves 4
4 cups of watermelon
Juice of 1/2 a lime
20 mint leaves (approximately)

DIRECTIONS
1. Take all the ingredients and add to your blender.
2. Blend until it all the ingredients are liquified.
3. Pour into an ice cube tray, and freeze.

Enjoy!

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