Summer is here! I’ve officially crossed the pond from freezing cold northern Europe to tropical southern Canada! I am pretty happy to feel the sun shining and the heat in full force. Finally.
As I was looking at my calendar the other day, I realized that my summer holiday doesn’t really include much “holiday”. So in the name of finding a balance I have created My New Roots Summer Lights: a way for me to share fantastic, healthy recipes, without the lengthy article. I am excited about this new, lighter take, and hopefully I’ll be able to share even more simple summer meals with you. This feature will run for the next couple months, and the regular columns will resume in the fall. I hope this makes your summer brighter too – I know you’d rather be sitting on the dock than behind your computer anyway.
I’m kicking Summer Lights off with my new favorite smoothie that combines fruits, veggies, and superfoods, all while tasting like a sinful summer cocktail – The Mojito Smoothie! Zesty lime, refreshing mint, and sweetness from fruit instead of sugar makes this drink a tall glass of delish. The Mojito Smoothie of course makes an amazing breakfast, but I prefer it for lunch or even a light dinner. If you like your green smoothies fruit-free, omit the banana and dates and use stevia powder instead. You can also add spinach, kale, chard or other dark leafy green of your choice.
The Mojito Smoothie
Serves 2 as a snack, 1 as a meal
1 ½ cups nut milk or coconut water
3 Tbsp. hulled hemp seeds
½-1 tsp. spirulina (whatever you can handle)
4 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
1 frozen banana
2 dates, pitted
handful fresh mint leaves (20-25 leaves)
1. Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend on high until smooth. Taste and adjust flavours to your liking.
I hope you all are enjoying a fabulous summer so far. I am looking forward to lots of deliciousness this season and sharing it all with you.