I am Hot and based on this map from The Weather Channel, there’s a good chance that you are too. Look at all that red … nearly half the US!
Basically, (sing along if you know the tune) We’re Having a Heat Wave; and Little Nutthings® wants to provide some relief. First, a little visualization.
The Beach Nuts here have the right idea but are they’re missing two key points.
1. They need to go in the water. Generally, coastal water is a lot cooler than the air temp. Maybe they’re afraid of getting wet since they’re real, albeit, transformed peanuts. But I happen to know that a little water wouldn’t hurt them.
2. Note their beverages. Generally, nothing wrong with this beverage of choice. After all, we’re big fans of Beer Nut. Only problem, beer has a diuretic effect – ever notice increased visits to the bathroom when drinking? On a hot day at the beach, you’re already losing water due to sweating; probably best not to increase the water loss with beer. Save it ’til you’ve had plenty of water first.
Speaking of drinks, this is a picture of milkshake from a friend, Neil. Doesn’t it look cool and refreshing? Neil bought his Walnut Shake – his picture inspired me to make my own. Good news … it’s super easy, delicious and even good for you. And it’s cool.
There are lots of versions of Walnut Shakes so picking a recipe was the hardest part. Here’s one I like – a Banana Walnut Shake.
1 medium very ripe banana, frozen; wait until it ripens – a few brown spots – to freeze. Can’t wait ’til it freezes? Use a regular banana and add a few ice cubes instead.
1/2 cup vanilla low-fat yogurt . You can also use soy milk, almond milk, or milk with a scoop of ice cream.
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1-2 tablespoon honey
Place banana, yogurt, walnuts, and 1 tablespoon honey in a blender.
Blend on low speed until ingredients start to mix together. Then increase to high speed and blend until smooth. For a sweeter smoothie, add another tablespoon of honey. Serve immediately.
TIP: To make a frozen banana – just put it in the freezer! Some people like to peel it first and cut into chunks. Wrap in plastic and place in freezer several hours or overnight.
I think this heat wave is expected to last a bit longer; all the excuse I need to “research’ more cool, nutty beverages. If you have any recipes or tips … please share. And stay cool – it’s part of Living well and Out of the Shell™.