Give me all the cooling foods!
Man, it got really hot, really fast.
Jaxon and I stopped at Maple Acres Farm yesterday and their strawberries were perfection.
I love how imperfect they were from one another.
No one strawberry is alike … which is how you know you are getting the best of the best … the freshest of the fresh.
The strawberry season is short, but when it is here it is so good.
I would have loved to pick them out in their fields myself, but it felt like it was about 105 degrees with the humidity here, and aside from not being able to breathe in it myself, it would be dangerous for Jaxy!
He had such a great time in the marketplace area, counting all the fruits and veggies, and stealing berries from my basket when I wasn’t looking.
If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat (username: @lauryannraik on both) I had been posting about my favorite beverages to hydrate with (aside from plain water):
I am OBSESSED with this cold-pressed watermelon juice. It was just on sale at my local Whole Foods, Weezy loves it too … Jaxon, not so much.
BOTH of my kids have been raised on Harmless Harvest coconut water since they were babes, and cry for it when they see it. When daddy is with us he isn’t too keen on the price, but we sneak it in the cart 😉
I’ve been drinking this coconut water since I began my blog (and they were a new company) back in 2009!
It is always and forever my go-to coconut water due to how it is produced. Some of the other brands can be junky, and not sustainable.
Unless I am cracking it from the coconut myself, which is rare because that shit is hard, this is what I buy!
Another favorite around here is homemade spa water.
This is super easy to make, if you don’t do it already
I reuse mason jars I get from The Family Cow filled with my water kefir, and add a sliced up cucumber, or some lemons (I will juice one lemon then add slices from another) and fresh ginger.
You can add mint, basil, fresh berries …. whatever you like!
I also add Young Living vitality oils, like the peppermint if I don’t have any fresh mint, or lime (they are labeled and safe for consumption … unless you are a child or are pregnant).
The above batch in jar 1 is: 1 whole cucumber and 1/2 drop peppermint vitality oil (you can also add fresh mint)
jar 2 is juice of 1 lemon, a few lemon slices, and a few knobs of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced.
I usually just make what I have in the fridge!
I love just straight cucumber water, too! What is your favorite?
Another way I love to cool off is with cold, fresh foods!
My spiralizer (<—I have an older model of this) is one of my favorite kitchen tools. I’ve had it forever, and use it a ton.
Except when I was in my first trimester with my Jaxon pregnancy, and I made zucchini noodles with crabmeat (why did I do that?!), it made me sick … and I couldn’t eat spiralized noodles for like a year.
But now I am back and love them … if you saw my insta story from yesterday you would have saw that Ella and Jax loves them too, and will grab fresh “noodles” as we twirl them up!
This recipe is so simple, I feel guilty even calling it a “recipe/”
Spiralized Asian Cucumber Salad
- 2-3 cucumbers, spiralized
- 2 Tablespoons coconut aminos
- 1 Tablespoon sesame oil (I use organic, cold-pressed, & unrefined)
- 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon grated ginger
- salt & pepper, to taste
- a pinch of cayenne pepper
Spiralize the cucumbers. Add other ingredients to bowl and whisk. I usually add the sesames last after adding the dressing, but you can do it either way. Serve immediately.
It gets soggy when left in the fridge for too long! If you want to make ahead, just spiralize the cucumbers, add to an air-tight container, and make the dressing and store it separately. The add dressing before serving.
How are you staying cool in this heat?
What is your favorite veggie to spiralize?