Wet Summer Watermelon Smoothie
Green Thickie Thursdays
[pinit] I was just about to serve my baby her dinner, there was food all over the counters and all of a sudden every wall and every counter turned black. I looked up and the flies were in all my pans, on all my clean dishes and covering all my fruit. There were millions of them in my hair, on my face and covering all the food I was just about to serve. Could I keep calm and carry on? Read on to find out. I also bring to you the recipe for a sweet, thick watermelon smoothie that is great whatever the weather.
We have set up a compost heap for the first time this year and don’t exactly know how to manage it. So I’m not sure whether it’s down to the soggy weather we’ve had this year but millions of flies have been breeding in there, and after adding the food waste for the day, we literally have to slam down the lid, beat of the flies and make a run for it. (I use the royal we there. I must admit I can’t bear it so my husband usually does it) So when my Dad kindly offered to cut the grass, he added the grass cuttings to our compost bin as usual. But the flies all flew out of the bin and straight into our house. Yuk!
Stress and swarms of flies
I like to think of myself as a calm, laid back person. When I’m on my own and I’m not in a rush and nothing out of the ordinary happens, I’m the calmest person in the world. In reality though life isn’t always like that and I guess I can get stressed out when I’m trying to do too much especially when entertaining and looking after a baby at the same time.
So no, I didn’t remain calm and carry on. I ran round the kitchen like a mad person trying to waft them out of the door until my dad and husband went out to try and find some solutions to the problem. At which point me and my baby went to hide in another room.
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They worked tirelessly all night and finally got rid of most of them thankfully.
[tweetherder]“An infestation of flies was enough to bring out the worst of me” [/tweetherder]
I then had a conversation about stress levels with my Dad which got me thinking about stress and digestion. I think there’s definitely a link. I think there’s a good chance if you’re the type of person to easily get stressed you’re more likely to have digestive issues. I definitely get IBS and stomach aches if I’ve had a very stressful day. It makes sense if you think about it. When you’re stressed your body all tenses up and can’t digest your food properly.
I also think eating a healthy diet helps you to remain calmer and makes it easier to digest your food in all circumstances.
Wet Summer Watermelon Smoothie
[pinit] I named this watermelon smoothie after the wet summer we’ve been having in the UK this year. This smoothie is part of my Simple, Seasonal Save series and I’m still continuing to eat my seasonal fruit. We don’t get much locally grown fruit in the UK so I have to buy imported fruit. But it’s still seasonal fruit as it’s cheaper at this time of the year and doesn’t come quite as far.
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Most watermelon smoothies I make are very thin as watermelon is such a water rich food. So I thought it would be a challenge to make a thick watermelon smoothie. I have managed it. Not only is this smoothie very thick, it’s also very sweet. Feel free to use less dried fruit for sweetness. I added quite a lot as my watermelon was a bit sour.
Watermelon is a great fruit for good health as it includes practically all essential vitamins and minerals.
So there’s my take on stress and just some of the damage it can do to your body. Of course I’m still working on trying to control my stress levels. I think I will continue to work on my state of mind and tell myself that in the grand scheme of things, these little day to day stresses really don’t matter. That will probably help me more than trying to fit in some extra ‘stress busting’ activity such as yoga into my day. That would probably cause me more stress trying to find time.
Do you think there is any link between your digestive problems and stress levels? How do you avoid stress in your life?Print
Wet Summer Watermelon Smoothie and swarming fly stresses (Green Smoothie/Green Thickie)
This watermelon smoothie will cheer you up in the rain or cool you down in the sun. It’s extremely sweet and surprisingly thick.
- Prep Time: 2 minutes
- Total Time: 2 minutes
- Yield: 2 Servings 1x
- Category: Green Thickie
- Method: Blender
- Cuisine: Drink
- 4 Cups Watermelon chopped (About a quarter a standard UK size watermelon which is quite small)
- 1 Tablespoon of creamed coconut or ¼ cup of desiccated coconut or coconut meat.
- 1 Cup Spinach, tightly packed or 2 cups loosely packed. (Or any other mild greens) OR if you run out of fresh greens, add 2 scoops of Amazing Green Powder for an extra healthy green boost.
- ¼ Cup Almonds
- ½ Cup dried apricots (or any other dried fruit which can also be pre-soaked for a smoother blend)
- 1 Cup Oats (If you don’t have a powerful blender and want the smoothie very smooth you can soak the oats for an hour before blending)
- Juice half a lemon
- Blend the ingredients in the order listed.
- Add more water if required to thin it out.
- Substitute any of the ingredients for whatever you already have.
- If your smoothie is too warm, you can cool it down in the fridge.
- Serving Size: 550 ml/20 oz /1 pint
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