Weekend Pick-Me-Up

It’s warm and sunny and you should go for a bike ride but all you want to do is nap… enter, the weekend pick-me-up! Loaded with caffeine, protein, and a little bit of fruit, this indulgent smoothie will get you up and moving.

Banana Mocha Smoothie

-1 banana
-1/2 c. coffee
-1/2 c. almond milk
-tbsp. cocoa powder
-2 tbsp. peanut butter
-2 tbsp honey

Blend and enjoy!

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Ideas for Staying Energized in the Grueling Heat

-drink a lot of water. drink when you’re not thirsty

-drink lemonade

– ~don’t~ drink alcohol

-lay down. take a nap. take a coffee nap.

-stand up. exercise!

-try and exercise early in the morning or later in the evening

-seek shade

-play board games. go rock climbing. complete other social indoor activities.

-swim and hike, and other things you likely don’t do if it is chilly outside

-break all of these rules at a music festival and enjoy yourself

 

Related: best lemonade and ice cream goals

Cold Remedy or Summer Treat?

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Lemonade is all anyone wants after a hot day in the sun. However, I hate the aftertaste or sugar and chemicals that comes with store bought lemonade. The walk to the grocery store was a long and hot one, and I started craving lemonade. As I bought the lemons, I realized that I was on the path to the perfect home remedy to the sinus infection I had been battling. Armed with a heavy dose of vitamin C and nature’s best antibiotic, I headed home to brew some lemonade.

Cold Cure Lemonade 

Makes 1-2 glasses
If you have more lemons, double or quadruple the recipe and fill a carafe!

-Juice of 1-2 lemons
-Honey equal to half the juice of lemons
-Ice cubes & water

Juice your lemons and pour the juice in something you can shake or stir. Your total volume of lemon juice equals 2 parts. Add 1 part honey, taste it, add another part if you like it a little sweeter (tasting at this stage will be very tart, as you haven’t diluted it yet.) Mix the lemon juice and honey- I like to shake a giant jar together if that option is available. If it is proving difficult to combine the two, feel free to heat the liquid up in the microwave or on the stove to melt the honey and ease the mixing process. Finally, add loads of ice to cool it instantly, especially if it is hot, or some water and some ice. Add enough liquid to essentially double your liquid, or more according to your taste preferences.

Enjoy! Take as a tonic for your health or a sweet and tangy summer treat.

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