This summer, NYC is bringing the heat. It has been a hot, humid summer tempered only by an occasional thunderstorm and lots of cold watermelon. With all this sticky humidity, I have to remind myself of all of the great things that the summer brings: farmer’s markets, long days of sunshine, flowers, roof top parties, afternoons spent at the pool, ice pops.
To celebrate summer I made a raw soup. It combines two summertime favorites – avocado and cucumber. This refreshing, delicate soup is a perfect pairing to a sunny day.
Chilled Cucumber Avocado Soup
Vegan, Raw, Dairy-free & Gluten-free
- 2 large cucumbers, roughly chopped
- 2 avocados, peeled and roughly chopped
- 1 clove garlic
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 4 fresh dill sprigs, to garnish
- Combine cucumbers, avocado, garlic, lime and salt in a food processor or powerful blender and blend until totally creamy and smooth.
- Chill 30 minutes before serving and top with dill to garnish.
With summer in full swing, beat the heat with these cooling cocktails. Luckily, I’ve mixed up healthier versions of your favorite pleasing potions. Whatever you’re doing this long holiday weekend, you can be sure these drinks will be the perfect addition to your cookouts and parties. Cheers!
Though it’s name might conjure images of cold Russian winters, the effervescent Moscow Mule is one of my favorite cocktails all year round.
Makes 1 serving
- 4 to 5 ice cubes
- 1 oz vodka
- juice of 1/2 a lime, plus 1 slice lime
- 1/2 cup ginger beer
- 1 sprig fresh mint
- Place ice in a copper mug or large glass. Add vodka and lime juice. Top with ginger beer and stir. Garnish with mint and a lime slice. Enjoy!
This light and refreshing drink is perfect if you’re in the mood for something fruity.
Mixed Berry Spritzer
Makes 1 serving
- ice, for serving
- 1 oz vodka
- 1/2 cup sparkling water
- few drops of liquid stevia
- frozen berries
- Place ice into a glass. Add vodka, sparkling water, sweetener and stir. Toss in frozen berries. Sip and enjoy.
Have a very safe, healthy and happy holiday, friends!
Photo cred: my sister, Jenny Norris
Here are some ideas for healthy dishes to help you stay on track this holiday. I hope these simple, irresistible recipes make your patriotic potluck a breeze!
Simple Quinoa Salad
White Sangria Sparkler
Farmers’ Market Gazpacho
Lemon Quinoa Chickpea Salad
Baked Pistachio and Herb Falafel
Pasta Alla Checca
Spicy Kidney Bean Chili
I’m excited to have a long, full weekend of friends, food and fun in the city. Wishing you a very happy and safe holiday!
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PS – Happy Summer!!
(Photo Cred: My sister, Jenny Norris)