savor summer – with a sweet watermelon agua fresca

Don’t sweat the summer heat; whip up a refreshing watermelon drink and keep your cool on even the hottest days. This refreshing, tart, and sweet recipe was a hit at my ‘Become a Smoothie Master’ class – and I’m sure it will be in your house, too.

Watermelon is a summer staple, and rightfully so. This fruit is 91% water, relatively low calorie, and a rich source of lycopene – an antioxidant powerhouse. Watermelon serves as the base and liquid in this smoothie, with frozen strawberries adding sweetness and an icy texture. Basil is a natural compliment – and while optional – it adds a little depth and complexity. Hemp seeds not only add protein and fiber (making this a balanced snack), but also a creamy texture. A pinch of sea salt, as a final touch, pulls all the flavors together.

Looking for more health-promoting drinks? Join me July 21 to make Summer Tonics + Elixirs.

Watermelon, Strawberry + Basil Agua Fresca


1 ½ cups watermelon
¾ cup frozen strawberries
1 tablespoon hemp seeds + extra for sprinkling on top (optional)
¼ cup basil (optional)
pinch of sea salt (optional)


Add watermelon, strawberries, and hemp seeds (if using) to blender and blend until smooth. Add basil and salt and blend until combined.


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the perfect make-ahead summer dish – chickpeas with roasted eggplant, peppers + basil

Stock up on eggplant, peppers, and fresh basil and make this staple salad all summer long. It will become a go-to for bringing to a picnic or BBQ – or simply keeping on hand in your fridge when hunger strikes. I love make ahead recipes that get better and better the longer they sit – and this chickpea dish fits the bill.


moringa is the new matcha – try it in this mint lemonade recipe

I first heard about it probably a year and a half ago or so when watching a documentary that claimed moringa was a ‘miracle’ food that has incredible high, bioavailable nutrient, minerals, and amino acids. On top of that, it is an excellent supplement to our diets, as the nutrient content in our food supply becomes increasingly diminished.