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A CLEAN COCKTAIL……A FRESH PRESSED WATERMELON MARTINI

Watermelon Martini blog

We live in the south and it is loaded with watermelon farmers, it’s steamy hot, and we are in need of some serious hydration, not too mention July is National Watermelon Month……   So it’s time to whip up this clean summer cocktail and chill. Not only does it taste delicious but watermelon is loaded with many healing properties. (maybe not as much when the vodka is added….but still, we cannot be perfect)

FIVE FUN FACTS ABOUT WATERMELON:

  • IT’S MADE OF 91% WATER SO IT IS SUPER HYDRATING
  • WATERMELON HAS MORE LYCOPENE THAN RAW TOMATOES (a powerful anti-oxident)
  • WATERMELON JUICE MAY RELIEVE MUSCLE SORENESS (watermelon contains l-citrulline, an amino acid that seems to protect against muscle pain.
  • WATERMELON IS A FRUIT AND A VEGETABLE (it is related to the cucumber, pumpkin and squash family and a clue that it is both a fruit and veggie is the rind is entirely edible and it is a seed producing plant)
  • SOME WATERMELONS ARE YELLOW (the yellow crimson watermelon has a honey flavor is slightly sweeter)

Watermelon martini toast

So whip up a batch of this summer treat and enjoy! It’s even delish without the alcohol. Just replace the vodka with nothing or add a cup of sparkling water for a bubbly kick!

A CLEAN COCKTAIL......A FRESH PRESSED WATERMELON MARTINI
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • Half of a watermelon (4 cups of juice)
  • ¼ cup organic lime juice (more or less to taste)
  • 4 shots organic vodka
  • 6 mint sprigs
Instructions
  1. Juice a ½ of watermelon. If you don't have a juicer that is fine, the martini will just be thicker.
  2. Put watermelon juice in blender.
  3. Add lime juice.
  4. Add vodka.
  5. Blend for 20 seconds.
  6. Put in martini shaker with lots of ice and shake like a crazy person.
  7. Pour in a martini glass and top with fresh sprig of mint.
  8. Smile....a lot.

Happy Summer, XOXOXO

tiffany tatom

 

 

Spring Onion Hummus

I LOVE HUMMUS.  Literally any kind with any sort of dippers.  If it is on a menu somewhere, I order it.  If I have chick peas and tahini, I’m making it. For this recipe I added another favorite, spring onions.  They add a mild kick to dishes without being too onion-y. spring onion hummus

Sure there are tons of different brands to buy at the grocery store but why buy something prepackaged with often weird, gross ingredients when you could make your own and control exactly what is going into your body?!  Did I mention this recipe takes about eight minutes total to prepare?  Just do it.

Spring Onion Hummus
 
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Recipe type: Snack
Ingredients
  • 2- 15 ounce cans of organic garbanzo beans
  • ¼ cup of spring (green) onions
  • 2T EVOO
  • 1t tahini (I don't care for a lot of this sesame seed paste, add as much as you like)
  • Juice of ¼ lemon
  • About 10 shakes of hungarian paprika
  • Siracha
  • S&P to taste
Instructions
  1. Drain garbanzo beans and throw into vitamix or powerful blender.
  2. Add all other ingredients, being careful not to add too much salt or siracha (you can add more later). Blend until smooth, adding water to get the consistency you prefer.
  3. Scoop into a serving container and serve with celery, cucumbers, pita chips, olives with lemons on the side.

If spring onions aren’t your style, play around with this recipe.  Add garlic, more hot sauce, throw in some spinach, whatever.  And then tell me what you did so I can make that next time!

xo,

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Watermelon Feta Salad

Watermelon Salad

Are you sun kissed yet?

I love the heat but sometimes it can be a b$$ch to stay hydrated.  We talk water all the time but what about hydrating foods? Yes, certain food can help hydrate you. Naturally, we can find most of these at the farmers amarket this time of year. Our personal favorite is watermelon. We are from the south… Watermelon is evrywhere. Here is popular salad dish that keeps popping up on menus. Tiffany made me this watermelon salad last summer and I have been thinking about it since.

Our Watermelon Feta salad is sweet, savory, and full of nutrients that will keep us satisfied and feeling great. Considering it is 95% water it is a super hydrator that is also full of vitamin C, A, B6 and high in antioxidants. In other words, watermelon does the body good. We are lucky enough get feta from a local cheese maker, HB at Spring Mill Farm ( if you are local, check him out!). We tend to keep this stocked in our fridge at all times. Fill your dinner plate with this salad or pair it with a grilled fish or chicken. My kids loved it with a panko crusted chicken and a few croutons. I think it pairs perfectly with skewered shrimp off the grill.

Watermelon Feta Salad
 
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Perfect combination of sweet and savory. Bring to a cookout and wow friends with this combination.
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Cuisine: salad
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
  • ¼ cup of chopped red onion
  • 1 tablespoon honey(optional)
  • ½ cup EVOO
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 6 cups baby arugula, local if possible
  • ⅛ th seedless watermelon, rind removed, and cut in 1-inch cubes
  • 12 ounces high quality feta cheese, crumbled.
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) whole fresh mint leaves, julienned (optional)
Instructions
  1. Whisk together the first four ingredients and add a dash of salt and pepper. Assemble greens. Toss greens with half the mixture. Top salad with watermelon cubes and crumbled feta cheese. Drizzle additional dressing on top of the watermelon and feta. Salt and pepper to taste.

Xo,

Mary

Play In It, Don’t Lay In It

This is a lesson I learned from my best friend who also happens to be a huge sun worshipper (heyyyyyy Austyn!). Because she loves the sun, she is also diligent about going to the dermatologist every year for a checkup.  On her most recent visit, her derm gave her the advice “play in it, don’t lay in it”.

Most of us love the sun, the sand, the water…but we have to remember to protect ourselves. According to http://www.cancer.org, almost 74,000 new melanoma cases will be diagnosed this year alone.  So, duh, we all know to apply SPF regularly right?

Unfortunately, like with our food, we have to do our own research to find out which sunscreens are actually “clean” and not filled with toxins and harmful chemicals. Similar to reading food labels, when looking at the ingredients in sunscreen if you can’t pronounce it, you don’t want to use it.  Lucky for you (and me) there are some fantastic resources out there that help us navigate what is safe and what is not.  Here are some of my favorite links:

1. Environmental Working Group– This site is fantastic for everything from soup to nuts…and sunscreen.  Here is the link to their guide to sun.

2. Live StrongThis link shares the thirty safest sun prevention products and three to avoid. What shocked me the most here was to avoid any potions that claim to have an SPF over 50.  And even though it’s super convenient, the spray lotions are NOT good for us.

3. Safe Mama– I learned a lot from the research done by Safe Mama.  Namely, stay away from OXYBENZONE.  It’s a nasty chemical linked to cancer and is harmful to the nervous system (yikes).  Check out what she has to say here.

4. Dr. AxeThis doc tells us that 75% of sunscreens are toxic!  So frustrating!  But he offers several alternatives to sunscreen plus a few products that are safe.  He also reminds us the sun and Vitamin D are not our enemy!  We just have to be smart about it, y’all.

5. American SkinAccording to AS, there is NO safe sun tan.  This site also taught me something I hadn’t read before: the shadow rule.  Short Shadow-Seek Shade.  “When a person’s shadow is shorter than the person is tall, the intensity of the UV rays from the sun is more likely to cause sunburn.”  Who knew?

I hope these links help you navigate the confusing world of sun protection.  Obvi, most of these safe sun screens are available online (we love amazon) but I have seen Coola products at Nordstrom and Yes to Carrots at Target!  Yes!

 

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Me on vacation…with my big hat and big shades and coated with safe sunscreen!

 

Has anyone read about making your own sunscreen?!  Say what? I keep seeing it on various sites.  Let me know if you’ve tried it.

xoxo,

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