Feeling the heat of summer? Instantly refresh your mood and quell afternoon hunger pangs with this nutritious, delicious, icy drink, courtesy of my neighbor, Jill.
It takes less than five minutes to make, and hits the spot on a hot afternoon when you need a little pick me up that cools you off and gives you a boost of energy.
1 cup frozen green grapes
1/2 a large cucumber, peeled, seeded and roughly chopped
4-5 leaves romaine lettuce
2-3 sprigs of fresh mint*
1 cup water, green or white tea cooled to room temperature**
2-3 ice cubes if you like your drink extra icy
Blend all ingredients in a high-quality blender or Vitamix until desired consistency. Pour into a tall glass and drink with a straw. You can garnish with a small sprig of mint or basil.
*My neighbor also uses basil. I’ve tried it both ways, but I find the mint so much more refreshing on a hot day, and since it grows like a weed in my garden box, it’s my first choice.
**You can also use plain water and add a spoonful of matcha green tea powder. It will make your drink an even more brilliant green, plus enable you to reap all the benefits of matcha, which contains cancer-fighting antioxidants, boosts metabolism, helps burn fat and is relaxing.