Summer Bliss Juice (watermelon, coconut water, lime + frozen strawberries) - The First Mess
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. 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 on the porch, grilling things, and then wine again. How about you? Here’s a few reads and things I found on the internet this week!

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

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 think that they’re a joke at all. But these fine art pieces made gluten free are hilarious.

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.”

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 have to make this!” but I really hope you 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)

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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