I can’t believe the end of summer is upon us. Can you? It feels as though it flew by. As if one hot day ran into another and suddenly…it’s the end of August! September is literally around the corner! Is that what happens when you have kids? The summers just disappear, days melting into one another like ice cream melting in your mouth as the sun beats down on you; you can’t remember what park you went to on what day, who you saw or if you even fed the kids or just snacked on veggies and dip??? I think I fed the kids today. Although it’s possible one meal consisted of samples from Costco…
So today I have here a simple recipe for your final long weekend of the summer. You heard me. The FINAL long weekend of summer. Before ALL the crazy chaos of September begins and next you know it’s the end of December and I’m bringing you comfort food instead of juice. If you don’t have a juicer (and I suspect many of you won’t) don’t panic! You can make this refreshing juice by peeling the fruit and blending it in the blender. Then simply strain it through a fine strainer or a nut-milk bag to get some of the pulp out. Pour over ice – and you’re set!
1. Meal Plan Dinners
I know you’ve probably heard this one a million times but put together a simple meal plan for dinners. There are some fabulous resources out there to get you inspired such as Clean Eating Magazine, Healthful Pursuit (Leanne Vogel) or of course Pinterest. Don’t stress yourself out too much about it, start with one week and when you are comfortable add a second week (rotate so the family does not get bored with the food on the table). Many of these resources have shopping list to go with their plans to make it a lot easier. And remember to ask you family (the little ones included, not just your spouse) if they have an favourites they would like to see on the menu! They may be more helpful than expected!
2. Prep the food
Did you know a recent study shows that the average American spends only 33 minutes on food prep each day and 1hr and 11min watching TV? So guess what my lovely readers (where ever you may be…) we can make our lives easier with food preparation. Once you know your meal plan, have your shopping list and have purchased the food, make two nights where you do a little extra food prep for the week. For example, when I get home from grocery shopping I take the veggies I know will be used for pre-dinner munching or salads and clean, cut and pack them back up in the fridge so they are really easy to grab when I’m in a rush. The second day I prep for the week (usually falls on a Sunday) I prepare either baked goods, soups/stews, granola or sauces (pesto or BBQ sauce anyone…?) and tightly store them in containers in the fridge. Again saving time. Tell me, if you’re a woman, can’t you watch your TV shows AND meal prep at the same time? Also saving time. Just sayin’.
3. Keep It Simple Stupid
When in doubt KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID (K.I.S.S.). Sometimes we over complicate food. Well, a lot of the time. Heck, there is an entire industry out there trying to make your life easier with prepackaged meals. The problem with that food is it is over complicated with chemicals & preservatives with often not a lot of nutritional value. You spend more time trying to decode the ingredient list when you could be spending that time with your family (or driving to the next soccer practice!). There is nothing wrong with steamed veg (use the raw ones you already cut earlier in the week), quinoa or brown rice & an avocado drizzled with olive oil & sprinkled with sea salt. Or using eggs for dinner instead of stressing about the meat you forgot to take out of the freezer the night before. Sometimes, if we keep it simple, we don’t have to worry as much about getting our families fed. And don’t feel guilty if your weekly plan does not work out. Just try to plan better for next week and adjust where you need to.
May the force be with you for the coming month!
- 6 whole lemons, peeled
- 4 very ripe peaches (preferentially freestone), pitted
- 10 cherries, pitted
- 5 cups filtered water
- 2 cups ice
- natural sweetener of choice (I used no calorie Stevie)
- In your juicer, place all the fruit. If no juicer, blend peeled and cut fruit in blender on high and then strain through a nut milk bag.
- In jug, mix juice mixture with water, natural sweetener and ice. Stir.
- Garnish with some fruit and serve immediately.