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Hello~ I am so incredibly sorry that I disappeared and have not given you all any new recipes for the past couple of months. I am currently finishing up the last semester of my undergraduate degree and am getting ready for graduate school so it has been a very hectic time. However, now that I am almost done with school, I am back and ready to start bringing you all some new and delicious recipes!
I do want to say before I get into it that the set up of this blog will now be a little different. Instead of focusing on several different areas, I am now focusing solely on food instead, with the occasional random wellness post. Although I loved doing the other posts as well, I have found these posts to be the most fun to create and come up with.
Because of this, the scheduling of my posts has changed as well. Monday will be a minimalistic recipe day that will include quick, simple or recipes that have just stricken my fancy that week. Thursday will be full meal recipes for either breakfast, lunch, or dinner. And finally, Saturday will be a day solely dedicated to sweets.
I hope you all look forward to all the new recipes coming your way. Now, let’s get started.
Because summer is right around the corner, the weather and humidity have really begun to skyrocket down here. Minnesota is still a bit temperamental but I’m not back there yet. So I’m enjoying it the most I can, while dripping in sweat, for the short time I have left. But every year it begins to get like this I start to look for different treats that are both refreshing and satisfying.
Nothing is worse than coming in from the sweltering outside and not having anything to cool you down or having to cook something to fill you up.
But this month I have absolutely loved fresh watermelon juice. I usually go in certain streaks where I drink juice all the time and then I don’t drink it for months. It’s just not something that was usually in my diet when I was younger. But there is no time like college to try new things.
I kind of accidentally/purposefully stumbled upon watermelon juice, which I had never had before this year. Because of the sudden heat wave, I have been eating a lot of watermelon. It may be a bit excessive. But a mini fridge is not the most conducive thing for storing a huge watermelon half until you can finish it or to even just cool it down.
After messing with this for about a week, and almost breaking the door off the fridge, I finally decide to just blend the remaining half up the next time I ate some. I left it in the fridge and went about my life and when I came back the ‘pulp’ and juice had separated and when I tried just the juice, I was obsessed.
Since then I have begun experimenting with different combinations in hopes of making the ultimate juice flavor and I think I have found one of my top contenders, but I still wanted to add a little something extra into it to make it more filling.
Although the juice in this recipe is delicious on its own, I like to find different ways to give my snacks a little more bulk. Because I am constantly running around campus, I often times need to have something that will tie me over for longer. So I ended up creating this odd watermelon-mama chia hybrid drink that is just the perfect thing to have on a hot afternoon.
You can make the juice portion of this recipe simply by using a juicer if you have one. But because I do not have mine down with me at the moment, a blender and a fine strainer (I prefer to use these) works perfectly fine as well. If you use this method, however, make sure that you are fully blending up all the ingredients as fine as you can before pouring them over the strainer. If you don’t, you will be losing viable fruit juice for your recipe.
- 2 Cups Water
- 8 Tablespoons Chia Seeds
- 1 Small Watermelon
- 1 Cucumber
- 1 Lime
- Pinch of Cayenne
- Optional: Fresh Mint
- Place chia seeds and water into a separate bowl and allow to soak until the seeds become a gel like consistency.
- If using a blender, scoop out the insides of the watermelon and place into a blender. Then peel the cucumber and place into the blender as well before adding the juice of the lime into the mixture. Blend well.
- Place strainer over a bowl before pouring the mixture into the strainer. Allow time to drain.
- Once you have the juice, add in the chia gel and cayenne and stir thoroughly before allowing the mixture to thicken up slightly.
- Top with a bit of mint and enjoy~
- If using a juicer, simply juice the ingredients instead of doing step 2-3.