Cleanse and refresh – food and drink for a feel-good summer

When the sun is out and the mercury is up, it’s even more important that I feel good in my skin. It’s not about guilt-tripping myself, it’s about food that does me good but tastes great too. Food I actually want to eat. So here’s what I reach for.

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Coco Face Fresh Coconuts – these are raw and unpasteurised. Just crack one open, stick in a straw and drink the water, then scoop out the flesh. The flavour is naturally sweet with floral and woody notes. i.e. yum.

(Coconuts are a great source of salts and minerals, plus electrolytes that help muscle and brain function, and are good for rehydrating after exercise.)

Here’s how you open one:

Rude Health Drinking Oats – great for filling you up without a sugar crash shortly after. Just add 2 tbsp to any cold drink, stir, and you’re ready to roll. I recommend whizzing some up with organic whole milk and a good handful of frozen raspberries or strawberries for a really tasty milkshake.

If you’re craving something sweet, add a dollop of rice malt syrup which has low fructose and no sucrose.

Plenish cold pressed juices – we launched these a few weeks ago and they were an instant hit. Sweet Sexy Green is the top seller, packed with B vitamins and folate, but you might find green juices a bit intense if you’re new to juicing in which case my favourite is the Pineapple. It has loads of vitamin A and C, and tastes like a mojito without the alcohol.

Ocado Organic Juicing Box – blitz your own juice combos at home with fresh seasonal produce, updated weekly.

We won Gold in the Loved By Parents Awards 2014 for Best Grocery Product, so it’s not just us who thinks the box is brilliant!

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Beetroot, Apple and Grapefruit Juice

Soupologie – another big hit with our customers. Clare, our Buyer, tipped me off about these detox soups. They contain all sorts of lovely, healthy ingredients like adzuki beans, matcha, spirulina, spinach and, of course, kale.

Chia Charge – my new favourite cooking ingredient. Chia seeds are full of omega-3, protein, fibre, zinc, calcium, selenium and iron, and they’re low in carbs. More importantly though they’re great fun to experiment with in the kitchen, as they soak up liquid like nobody’s business. I’m intolerant to gluten, so I use them to thicken soups and sauces.

For a quick breakfast, add 2 tbsp to coconut or cow’s milk, plus fruit, and they’ll expand until you have a thick pudding close to porridge in consistency. I also use them in homemade granola with cashews and hazelnuts, coconut flakes and a sprinkling of cinnamon.

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Blueberry and Almond Milk Smoothie with Chia Seeds

Here’s to a happy, healthy summer. Enjoy!

Naomi, PR and Social Media Executive

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