HAPPY HOUR + SUMMER BLISS JUICE

Summer Bliss Juice (watermelon, coconut water, lime + frozen strawberries) - The First Messpin it!
I have been on a hot streak of picking out the sweetest, most delicious watermelons lately. No doubt I’m jinxing myself making this knowledge public, but it’s been great! We’re in the middle of an unseasonable heat spike, so I’ve just been eating halves of melon with a little sprinkle of lime for lunch basically. I find simple mono meals like this really energizing and weirdly relaxing in their simplicity. I like to do bowls of healthy foods with a bunch of stuff mixed in/on top, but just enjoying the fully ripe, natural goodness of one thing until satiated is a very special experience as well.

We’re getting ready for a downright balmy and very low key weekend over here. The low key part is what I’m looking forward to the most. The last few weeks have been a little fast-paced over here. I’m hoping to get our shed painted and some other little things done, but that’s about it. My other priorities include: wine, pizza, coffee, grilling things, and then wine again. How about you guys? Here’s a few reads and things I found on the internet this week if you find yourself a lil’ bored ;)

Can you imagine your doctor writing a prescription for time spent in the garden?

Nutrition myths that get to the heart of energy slumps. Number 3 is my favourite because the demonizing of all sugars annoys me so much.

A restaurant packed to the brim with flowers. Might be a bummer if you’re an allergy sufferer, but otherwise wonderful.

On being 13, having 64 notifications on your phone, absorbing and constantly switching visual stimulation for 12 minutes straight… I can’t even begin to imagine what it’s like to grow up with iPhones.

I know there’s a lot of bad press about gluten intolerances, and I don’t they’re a joke at all. But these fine art pieces made gluten free are hilarious.

Don’t let your energy consumption drain your wallet this summer! I know that juicing the A/C can be sooo tempting when the heat rises, but easing up even a few degrees can be helpful. Eating lots of cooling, raw, and water-rich fruits and vegetables helps too :)

Do humans need meat to survive? Are our bodies “designed” to eat meat? These and other questions/myths explored in an interesting new book.

I’m a huge fan of quiet moments for most of the reasons they suggest here. I tend to get overwhelmed by visual/audio overstimulation quite easily, and find that silence makes me more receptive to new information.

Serial breakfast skippers rejoice! Any available evidence proving that eating breakfast makes for better overall day-to-day health is kind of messy.

Even if your outdoor space is tiny, it can still be beautiful and relaxing.

Some of my most productive workdays are the result of some anger that I’ve allowed myself to feel, express, and work out. Anger as an emotion can be misunderstood and mis-channeled quite easily though. “You have to feel it to heal it.”

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SUMMER BLISS JUICE RECIPE
Inspired by Will Frolic For Food’s Watermelon Coconut Aloe Juice
Print the recipe here!
SERVES: 1 if you’re a greedy hydration hound like me OR 2 if you’re a normal person ;)
NOTES: I like frozen strawberries for this because they make the drink extra refreshing, but you could definitely use fresh ones with a little handful of ice. I don’t strain this juice, but if you’re looking for a more refined texture to use in a cocktail or something, I’d go for it. I don’t typically endorse my recipes as “OMG you haaaaave to make this!” but I really hope you guys all get a chance to make this bliss juice at least once this summer. It’s so simple, but so dang good.

4-5 cups chopped seedless watermelon
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup coconut water
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (from approximately 1 small lime)

OPTIONAL ADD-INS/SWAPS:
1/4 cup chopped cucumber
use lemon juice instead of lime for a lemonade feel
small handful of chopped basil or mint (or both!)
any frozen berry instead of the strawberries (I love blueberries in this)
a few fresh lavender buds
splash of rosewater

In an upright blender, combine the watermelon, frozen strawberries, coconut water, and lime juice. Blend the mixture on high until completely smooth and in a liquid state. Enjoy the summer bliss juice immediately, either straight up or over ice if you like.

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  • Sarah | Well and Full28/05/2016 - 8:32 am

    I really enjoyed reading that article on MBG about the nutrition myths. I get so annoyed with the “sugar is the enemy” schtick too! Our bodies need sugar, just not the way it’s usually consumed in the Standard American Diet. Also… this juice looks so refreshing and, well, juicy ;)ReplyCancel

    • Laura30/05/2016 - 7:48 am

      Exaaaactly. I hate it when all fats or all sugars get bundled together into some ridiculous “all bad” category. So much misinformation. Keep it juicy, girl ;)
      xo LReplyCancel

  • Aubrey28/05/2016 - 1:41 pm

    Perfect summer recipe!ReplyCancel

  • Jodi29/05/2016 - 11:58 am

    That gluten-free art article made me laugh out loud! Too good. This drink sounds ultra refreshing, Laura. Hoping you’re having a relaxing, watermelon eating weekend xReplyCancel

    • Laura30/05/2016 - 7:48 am

      Glad you enjoyed it ;) Thanks so much Jodi!
      xo LReplyCancel

  • Supal {chevrons & éclairs)29/05/2016 - 1:43 pm

    This looks amazing! I want to add the cucumber and basil!ReplyCancel

    • Laura30/05/2016 - 7:49 am

      I think both of those together with this drink would be amaaazing!
      -LReplyCancel

  • Kandja Sylla29/05/2016 - 10:15 pm

    Strawberries and watermelon are perfect fruits for the summer. When you add coconut water it will surely make your smoothies a bliss to drink. I can’t wait to make this! xx
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  • Demi Bryan31/05/2016 - 9:06 am

    It looks like very fresh and tasty summer drink! Thanks! I’ll try it!ReplyCancel

  • Robin | CaliGirl Cooking31/05/2016 - 4:34 pm

    This juice looks so delicious and refreshing! I’m sure it’s incredibly hydrating as well. It will be the perfect pick-me-up when our California June gloom finally lifts and the temperatures reach the 90’s!ReplyCancel

  • Siren31/05/2016 - 8:36 pm

    We’ve been having sort of bipolar weather here in Boston. One day it’s 96, another it’s 59. But, it was super nice out today, and I picked up a watermelon. This sounds like a great way to use some of that melon, but I’m also going to make melon ice cubes (just frozen chunks of melon to stick in my drinks) and eat the rest with some plum salt.

    By the by, when it was 96 here, I made your recipe for strawberry milk, and that was the best dinner ever.ReplyCancel

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  • Kate02/06/2016 - 3:03 pm

    This sounds like the epitome of refreshing! Watermelon is hard to beat. Hope you’re getting sunshine like we are now. P.s. I need more Cleo snaps in my life!!!ReplyCancel

  • Liesel05/06/2016 - 5:40 pm

    Hi, Laura. Well it’s not even summer yet but we’ve made this drink twice in the past 2 days. Once after a long hike and then again today after toiling in the yard/garden for 3 hours. So perfectly delicious and refreshing. I did up the lime juice a bit. Will be lugging home another watermelon this week. Thanks for a super recipe.ReplyCancel

  • Zoey07/06/2016 - 8:21 am

    Amazingly refreshing recipe! Watermelon is one thing that I look forward to every summer :)ReplyCancel

  • Sonia17/06/2016 - 7:53 am

    Made this last week and you are right it is an “OMG you have to make this!!” Loved it and want to make all summer long.ReplyCancel

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  • Bridget01/08/2016 - 2:52 pm

    Thank you for this recipe. Watermelon is my favorite fruit. I’ll try this juice tomorrow!ReplyCancel

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