Tomorrow is the official first day of summer! It’s high time to bust out that bikini and enjoy a refreshing poolside beverage. Skip the calorie-laden smoothies and sodas and try one of these recipes from Breast Cancer Defense instead. Here is a creamy coconut shake that only tastes indulgent; it is low in sugar but high in protein and fiber. Keep a pitcher of this iced ginger tea in the fridge—it packs a punch of both flavor and antioxidants!
Creamy Coconut Shake
1 frozen banana
8 small frozen strawberries
2 dates, pitted
2 teaspoons raw cacao powder or cocoa powder
1 cup light coconut milk
2 teaspoons almond butter
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 ice cubes
Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
Iced Ginger Tea
8 cups water
8 1/2-inch pieces peeled fresh ginger root
1/2 cucumber sliced thin
1 lemon sliced into rings
handful of fresh mint leaves, roughly torn
Place ginger pieces and water in a medium-large saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, lower heat, cover and simmer for 10 to 20 minutes. The longer you simmer, the greater intensity of ginger flavor. Strain ginger pieces from water and discard. Let ginger tea cool to room temp before adding cucumber, lemon, and mint. Place into the refrigerator. Serve over ice!