2 Refreshing Summer Recipes that will Speed your Metabolism

Limonana

There is a small place in my home town that is a hole in the wall where people stand in line for hours just to get a dose of this limonana. Limonana is a combination of two words: Limon and Nana—which translates into lemon and mint. Mint is so beneficial in the fact that it serves as a palate cleanser, promotes digestion, and helps to soothe stomachs in case of indigestion.

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serves: 2

prep: 5 cook: 0 total: 5

nut free | egg free | dairy free | vegan

Ingredients

3/4 cup of water

½ cup fresh lemon juice

4 stems worth of mint leaves with the stems discarded, plus a few extra sprigs for garnish if desired

2 teaspoons sweetener of your choice (coconut nectar or coconut sugar)

10-20 ice cubes
 

Method

Add all ingredients to high speed blender. Pulse a few times to create the consistency of a slushy.

Pour into glasses, garnish with mint leaves if desired, and serve immediately.

Berry Drink

This drink is fancy enough to serve at a weekend brunch, but easy enough to make regularly at home. Berries are the star to this drink because they are antioxidant powerhouses. Also, the array of berries adds a rainbow of beautiful color to your diet.

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serves: 4

prep: 5 cook: 0 total: 5

egg free | nut free | dairy free | vegan

Ingredients

2 cups raspberries, blackberries, or berries of your choice (optional: add 2 teaspoon of chia seeds to berries)

4 cups sparkling water

4 tablespoon rosemary syrup (see recipe below)

2 sprigs of rosemary, leaves picked (for garnish)

4 lime wheels for garnish
Rosemary Simple Syrup Recipe

½ cup coconut sugar

1 1/2 cups water

3 tablespoons dried rosemary

Method

Gently smash berries in a mortar and pestle until almost completely crushed, leaving a few chunks for texture. Pour sparkling water into a pitcher and combine with rosemary syrup. Divide and add muddled berries into bottoms of cups. Pour sparkling water and rosemary syrup mixture into cups, add ice, and garnish with lime wheels and rosemary sprigs.
Rosemary Simple Syrup Recipe

Combine the coconut sugar, water, and rosemary in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and let rosemary infuse the syrup for 15 minutes (or more if you would like a stronger flavor). Once cooled, strain and set aside for use.

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