Refreshing Ways to Use Fresh Produce - Summer, Part 2
Refreshing Ways to Use Fresh Produce
We love sharing with you ways to enjoy the simple joys of delicious seasonal delights. At no extra cost to you, making a purchase through one of the affiliate links in this post earns us a small commission and aids our ongoing endeavor to add value (along with refreshing treats) to your pursuit of simple joy. Thank you very much for your support!The summer heat is cranking up and so are the abundance of options for fresh fruits and vegetables at your local farmers markets. As the temps rise, be sure to take advantage of these refreshing ways to use your fresh summer produce.
Here are some refreshing options for your fresh produce:
A salad is so easy to prepare! Just grab your favorite greens, throw in some fresh fruit like apples or strawberries, and drizzle with a nice vinaigrette (you can find some great healthy options from Thrive Market!) for a refreshing meal or snack.You can even skip the vinaigrette and use some lemons or limes as a healthier alternative. If you want a nice flavor kick, try adding jalapeno peppers from a jar.
Add fruits or vegetables into your water to create a delicious and refreshing beverage. You can even take it on-the-go with an infused water bottle.The most popular water infusion is cucumbers and mint. First, peel and slice a cucumber, grab a few mint leaves, and add it all into a large mason jar or pitcher. Next, pour water into the jar or pitcher with the cucumbers and mint leaves, stirring everything together. Then, refrigerate for at least four hours to get the best flavor. Finally, pour yourself a glass, kick-back, take a sip, and enjoy!
Cold soups are the way to go if you are looking for something more savory and hearty, but still refreshing and not too heavy. With summer in full force, the best and most classic cold soup ingredient is tomatoes. To keep it light, avoid recipes that include heavy creams or other dairy products.
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Smoothies are awesome! We love using our Oster Pro 1200 blender for smoothies.They can be refreshing, super filling and a great way to get some greens without the greeny taste. It's simple to make a smoothie and they only require a few ingredients.A strawberry watermelon smoothie is a very refreshing choice for the summer. Add 1 cup of watermelon, a 1/2 cup of frozen strawberries, half of a banana, and 1/4 cup of almond milk to a blender and mix until smooth. Put that to your lips and indulge in the summery goodness!
Juice is a great way to get a large boost of vitamins, and it helps cool you off in the summer heat. To get the best benefits without too much sugar, go for juice that incorporates both fruits and vegetables. Cucumber, apple, and kale is an excellent combination for flavor and health benefits.
Enjoy Your Summer Treats!
As you can see, there are quite the versatile options available for squeezing every refreshing drop out of your fresh summer produce. Salads, infused water, cold soups, smoothies, and juices all offer delicious variety and are relatively easy to put together. So go make a sweet treat and reward yourself for pursuing simple joy!What refreshing treats do you like to make with your summer produce?