The Summer Debauchery Cure-aid
A couple weekends ago, my sister and I took one of our self-proclaimed infamous sister trips into the heart of DC for a kid-free (for her), boujie night on the town.
We booked a night at The W, treated ourselves to a three course dinner at NOT Le Diplomate as we'd hoped but instead a place that COULD accommodate our reservation (but not our dessert preferences), and slathered snail serum all over our faces whilst drinking far too much wine.
Needless to say, when I awoke Sunday morning, I was draggin', and my sister wasn't too far behind.
We'd scheduled ourselves a full on day of a coffee crawl down 14th street, a walking tour (which started promptly at 10), and... well... I can't even remember what all we had PLANNED, because it all went by the wayside when we hadn't even departed our hotel room by 10.
We scraped ourselves along the pavement, foraging for coffee and a snack along the trek to our coffee crawl (yes, I realize how redundant this sounds), and finally found a bite to take the edge off, which we nibbled and sipped down in a shady park.
Why'm I telling you this long tale?
Well, 1) because I don't like to pretend I'm some "practically perfect in every way health coach who eats all the right foods all the time" and 2) because it's the set up for the recipe I'm sharing with ya.
By midday, I'd had too much coffee, too much sugar, too much heat, and too much from the night before. It all collected into a fine mess of out of whack blood sugar, dehydration, and... "I can't even."
When this happens, I know there are a few things that can make me feel better: food, food, and food. Oh, and water.
We had plenty of water (thanks, CVS!), and I'd had darn near enough of SOME foods (thank you, gelato and date balls I found at that random coffee place), but when I saw a Joe and the Juice on the corner diagonal to us, I leapt into the air with joy! Salvation was mine, and his name was Joe!!!!
I landed on a smoothie with avocado, spinach, broccoli, lemon, and apple. I had em add ginger just because I knew my nauseated tum tum would be oh so grateful. Winner winner, chicken free dinner. I was able to continue on with the day and walk all the way to the Washington Monument simply to take this picture:
Worth all the sweat.
(don't ask my sister's opinion on that one)
So, this is my recommendation for you for recovery from a long day at the pool with lots of sun, maybe some margaritas or pinas, and all around summer break shenanigans.
The Summer Debauchery Cure-Aid
Yields 2 Servings (or one big one. do you)
1 1/2 cups filtered water (can also sub in coconut water if you so choose)
1/4 cup lemon cayenne Kevita
1-2 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 - 1/2” piece ginger
3-5 broccoli florets
3/4 green apple
1/2 avocado (approx 3-4 tbsp)
2 handfuls spinach
Optional add-ins (if you feel it's TOO green)
Add in more apple
- Cover your blades with water. Add kevita and lemon juice.
- Throw in spinach. Top with the minimum recommended amounts of each: ginger, apple (peel and all), broccoli, and avocado.
- Blend away. Taste and adjust as so desired.
Why does it work?
Avocado: Blood sugar balancing
Ginger: contains gingerol, which is a dope antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent; proven to help with nausea and suspected to help with day-to-day muscle pain
Lemon: promotes hydration
Broccoli and spinach: our green friends help with digestion and encourage natural detoxification (bye, constipation)
Apples: packed with fiber, they ALSO help with cleansing the system, which never hurts
Now, if you don't know by now, I'm a big ol' fan of healthy hedonism, which means prioritizing that which brings us pleasure withOUT punishing ourselves for letting loose. I'm never one to claim any one food is THE MAGIC PILL, nor am I one to shame any others. I hope this story helps to illustrate that point.
To all the debauchery and boujieness your heart desires.