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Happy Summer!

The weather has finally changed and the sun is shining more days than not. Time to get some summertime, family snacks and meals in the mix. Lighter fare and more fruit feels so hydrating and satisfying.

Here are a couple of recipes to get your summer groove going!

Smoothies are my go-to breakfast or afternoon snack. They are a perfect way to get nutritious food into children without them noticing. Lately I’ve been adding greens such as spinach, purslane and gotu kola. (We are lucky that purslane and gotu kola grow wild everywhere here on the island!)

Other superfoods that I buy in powder form are ashwaghanda, moringa, rhodiola and maca. If you aren’t familiar with these nutritional boosts, check them out and see if any of them fit in your perfect smoothie.

I always start with:

2-4 local bananas (depending on size)

Then I add one or more of the following, equaling approximately 2 Cups: fresh or frozen mangos, strawberries, blueberries or mulberries

A handful of raw cashews or macnuts

And a couple of pitted dates

Then I’ll add a small serving of greens and/or a couple of the above superfoods.

Measurements for greens:

1/2 Cup Spinach

1 Tbs Purslane or

2 leaves or a powder equivalent of Gotu Kola

I fill my blender with water and process until creamy.

Leftover smoothie will hold for one day in the fridge or even better pour into popsicle molds and freeze for a cool afternoon treat.

My other favorite summer snack is:

Sweet Apple Nachos (Serves 2)

1 organic apple, cored and sliced into ¼ inch slices

1 Tbs chopped organic dark chocolate bar or chips

¼ tsp coconut oil

1 Tbs nut butter

1 Tbs unsweetened coconut flakes

1 teaspoon chopped nuts

Spread apple slices out onto a plate.

Melt chocolate with coconut oil in double boiler or microwave.

Melt nut butter the same way.

I personally don’t like microwaves but if you use one, only use glass for melting. When melting small amounts of chocolate and nut butter on stove, use two small metal or glass ramekins and fit both in one small shallow pan of simmering water.

Drizzle the melted chocolate and nut butter all over the apples. Sprinkle the coconut and chopped nuts on top. Enjoy!

                                 Recipe courtesy of  ‘Feel Great in 8’ blog

Most of all have fun, stay cool and enjoy the summer season.

Image Credit: Marta Greenleaf

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