Sip on the Seasons

Beverages
The perfect treats on a steamy summer’s day…

Take a moment and chill out, will ya’?


Cucumber-Lime Chiller

This is so cool and refreshing; a definite favorite when the warm weather rolls in!

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1 Medium Cucumber, peeled & coarsely chopped

⅓ cup Honey

1 Lime, juice only (more, if desired)

¼ tsp Salt

3 cups Ice, reserved

Instructions

Blend cucumber, honey, lime juice and salt until well pureed.  Add ice and blend until smooth and frosty.

Garnish with a split lime round and enjoy immediately.


Raspberry-Orange Chiller

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½ cup Frozen Raspberries

2 Oranges, juice only

½ cup Water

¼ cup Honey

3 ½ cups Ice, reserved

Instructions

Blend all except ice until well pureed.  Add ice and blend until frosty.  Serve and enjoy immediately.


Honey-Ginger Lemonade

Ingredients

5 Lemons, peeled

½ cup Honey

3 cups Water

3 oz Fresh Ginger (roughly ¾-1 inch knob)

Instructions

Juice lemons and ginger.  Stir in honey and water.  Serve over or shake with ice and strain into your favorite glass.

 


 

Fall & Winter

Basic Cocoa/Cacao Powder

So crazy easy, I know you’ll never by that junk mix again!

Just combine equal parts Raw Cacao Powder (or Organic Cocoa Powder) and Organic Evaporated Cane Sugar (you may substitute for some other preferred sweetener but don’t you dare use white sugar!).

Mix well and store in an airtight jar.  (for simplicity and consistency, you may us a food processor but you can also just rock it out with a whisk/fork and a mixing bowl.  Just be sure to break up any clumps of powder.

If you want to get fun with it, toss in a touch of cinnamon, nutmeg or cayenne.

When ready for that hot cup of cocoa, pour almond milk or milk of choice in a small sauce pan to heat.  Pour hot milk into mug.  Add you cocoa mix, starting with a tablespoon and adding more to make it as chocolaty as you like.  Viola!  Delicious cocoa without the junk additives.


Rawnogg

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This retake on a holiday classic is so crazy good, you might be makin’ it every day this winter!  I know I love it!  …And with all that nutritional goodness, you have the perfect excuse!  Just be sure to share as this recipe serves 2!

Ingredients

1 cup Almond Mylk

1 tsp Honey or Agave

1 small Banana, preferably frozen

½ tsp Vanilla Extract

¼ tsp Cinnamon

⅛ tsp Nutmeg, or more as desired

Pinch of Fine Sea Salt

¼ cup of Cashews, pre-soak optional for smoothness

Instructions

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and slightly frothy.

Pour into your favorite holiday glass and sprinkle with cinnamon to garnish.


Raw Hot Cacao

Serves 1-2

Warm, frothy & chocolaty, this beverage is perfect while enjoying cool weather.  Who says this cool-season favorite can’t contribute to your health?

cocoa1.jpgIngredients

1 cup Brazil Nut Milk OR Almond Milk

2 tbsp gently rounded Cacao Powder

1 tsp Stevia

Single or Double Dash of Cayenne, as desired

1-2 Dashes of Nutmeg

Gentle Dash of Cinnamon

Instructions

If possible, you may prefer to pre-grind nibs to aid in attaining a smoother consistency more quickly.

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until mixture warms, scraping down if necessary.  This may take a little while.  You can place your hands on either side of the blender where the liquid is making its rounds to casually monitor the temperature.  You want it to be warm but not overheat.

When desired temperature is attained, pour into a small mug and prepare to indulge.

*This is such a delicious treat that lends something classic yet unexpected to a RAW diet.  If you so desire, you could gently heat this in a sauce pan, though this is really not necessary.  {Just be careful not to scorch it, which is easy to do.}  The cayenne gives you the warming effect without making it spicy; unless, of course, you want it spicy then by all means…hit with some more!

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