I love this excerpt about summer foods from Carrie L’esperance’s The Seasonal Detox. I actually come back to this little snippet at the summer solstice each year to remind myself where we are headed and how we should be responding with our diet and exercise.

“The warmth of summer helps us all desire lighter, more water-rich foods.  When it comes to the Fire element, diet and exercise are very important to keep it strong.  During this summer time, it is easy and healthy to cut back on the more refined and animal fat foods and focus on fruits and vegetables.

When selecting your summer foods focus on vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains, leaves, seeds, beans, peas and herbs that are in season.  Carrots, for example, make a great juice base and can be juiced with all sorts of other ingredients like apple, parsley, celery, beet, cucumber, ginger, yam or even horseradish for some delicious combinations!”

You can juice many of the above items in different and delicious arrays. I always have an abundance of mint in my garden, so I thought I would try a tropical variation on some of her summer juicing. Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chunked pineapple
  • 2/3 of a cucumber
  • 2 medium green apples
  • 6-8 mint leaves

Directions:

  1. Wash the produce thoroughly.
  2. Cut the pineapple into chunks.  
  3. Juice all ingredients together.

Recipe from goodnature.com

Now doesn’t have have summer written all over it?

Radiant Health has been helping people with colonics and nutritional guidance for over 30 years. She currently works and resides in Post Falls, Idaho.