Memorial Day Watermelon Salad and Video

In honor of Memorial Day, I decided to make my favorite watermelon salad with mint and lime.IMG_20150525_094125The mint reminds me of my Grampa, who served in the army in World War II.  This is a great side dish or breakfast that is perfect for hot weather.  I uploaded a short video that shows how easy it is to make.  To watch the video, click here.

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Watermelon

The search for refreshing stops here.  Watermelon is of course hydrating, but is also high in vitamins and minerals.  The red color of watermelon provides the incredible antioxidant lycopene, which was shown to be effective in preventing skin damage from the sun in tomatoes according to a study published in the British Journal of Dermatology.  Watermelon also provides vitamins like vitamins A, B6, and C and minerals like potassium, copper, and magnesium. According to USDA’s supertracker, 1/4 watermelon provides 7g of protein.

Mint

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It is incredible how mint grows everywhere like crazy, but it costs $4.00 to buy a tiny organic package of it wrapped in plastic at the grocery store.  I highly recommend growing it yourself and throwing it into everything.  It is delicious in salads, wraps, smoothies, and the flavor is not overpowering.  I love it blended with frozen bananas for a refreshing mint ice cream.  This mint can also be used as a great herbal tea.

Lime

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I recommend a squeeze of lemon or lime on everything.  It adds vitamin C which is necessary for absorption of iron.  Many female vegans ask me how I get enough iron and eating nutrient dense foods is my first answer, but I am also intentional about my squeeze of lemon or lime juice.  Plants are abundant in minerals like iron, but the delicious vitamin C from lemons and limes adds great flavor to any bland meal and provides the antioxidants and vitamins necessary to help absorb all of my nutrients.

Shamrock Mint Soft Serve: Dairy Free

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!

Recipe: Shamrock Shake Soft Serve! This is way too thick and creamy to fit through a straw! Mmm.. Made homemade ice cream before? Growing up, my family had an ice cream maker and we would make it all the time. White sugar, heavy cream, takes about a half hour in the freezer bowl. This is so healthy, so quick, and it barely costs anything. Much more delicious alternative to a shamrock shake too.

This batch had bee pollen and chopped banana chips instead of chocolate chips :) yuum!
This batch had bee pollen and chopped banana chips instead of chocolate chips 🙂 yuum!

Prep:

  • Make sure bananas are ripe and peeled before you freeze them
  • Chop chocolate chips
  • Wash, de-stem kale
  • Measure ingredients roughly

 You will need…

  • Food Processor
  • Rubber spatula
  • Giant bowl
  • Spoon
  • Hungry tummies

Ingredients

  • 5 frozen bananas
  • 7 fresh kale leaves
  • 7 fresh mint leaves
  • a dash of vanilla
  • ¾ cup vegan chocolate chips

Steps

  1. Peel and freeze bananas

Bananas: Make sure you wait until they are spotted brown, you absorb more nutrients and get a sweeter banana!

  • Potassium: essential for maintaining proper heart function and regulating normal blood pressure
  • Vitamin B6: important for amino acid metabolism
  • Vitamin C: antioxidant, boosts your immune system
  • Fiber: great for digestion helps regularity and fullness
  • Reduce Stress: they are high in the amino acid tryptophan, which converts into the feel good neurotransmitter serotonin in your brain
  • Hangover cure: because alcohol depletes nutrients like potassium and bananas help to replenish that
  1. Kale and greens goes in the food processor or blender first! Then bananas on top of greens

Kale: wash, dry, and de-stem before adding to the food processor.

  • Fiber- regularity and satiety. GI health, fullness
  • Calcium- Connie Weaver’s study 9/11 subjects better available calcium from kale!
  • Vitamin E – fat soluble antioxidant
  • Vitamin K – blood health
  1. Process until smooth, adding water or non-dairy milk as necessary or desired
  2. Fold in chopped chocolate chips

Chocolate: Cacao powder has beneficial antioxidants and iron!

I didn't have chocolate chips when I made this batch, so I added bee pollen and chopped banana chips for a little crunch :)
I didn’t have chocolate chips when I made this batch, so I added bee pollen and chopped banana chips for a little crunch 🙂