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mojito virgin dawn                                 Refreshing and Healthy Libation — Alcohol optional

Just in time for the weekend!

When my friend came over for the Bean-Free Falafel dinner the other night I had told her about my mojito experiment earlier in the summer;  She expressed a keen interest in trying these, so I put the cold bowl of my Cuisinart Ice Cream/Sorbet maker in the freezer to have it ready.

Mint is also a green!

From my late spring planting, the only crop that did well this year was mint, so I had lots of fresh mint on hand to make these.  The only other ingredients needed are:  lemons, limes, coconut water, sweetener (agave, honey, coconut nectar or even stevia) and of course, the optional rum.  For my guest I added some Parrot Bay coconut rum.

Mint is green and that means it has chlorophyll, a life-giving elixir.  So maybe this qualifies for a nighttime “green smoothie.”  :- )

Whole fruit or juice

The advantage of having a high speed blender, like a Vitamix or Blendtec (I have the former) is that all I did was cut away the outside peel on the lemons and limes, leaving the nutrient-rich pith and seeds to be pulverized by the blender blades.

If you are using a low speed blender you may want to do a combination of juice and full lemons/limes or it may be too stringy.  You can also remove the seeds.

With a Vitamix, just adding enough ice would give it a slushy consistency, but I wanted to get it as close to sorbet as possible so I used the ice cream maker.  In the photo above, I had scooped some out about 10 minutes beforehand and in hot and humid early-August South Florida, it was already turning to liquid, as you can see.

This not only tastes fantastic, it is very hydrating.  Coconut water is a great electrolyte replenisher.

Coconut Lemon-Lime Mojitos

Serves 2 or 3

Ingredients:
1 lemon
3 limes
11 oz coconut water
1/2 cup mint leaves
3-4 TB. agave, honey, coconut nectar or sweetener of your choice
1 cup ice

Coconut rum optional

Directions:  Peel or juice the lemon and the limes and throw in blender along with other ingredients.  If you do not use the whole fruit, you may want to add more coconut water or ice to make up for the bulk.  Sweeten according to your taste.  Blend well and you can either serve as is or place in an ice cream/sorbet pre-frozen bowl and process for 20-30 minutes.  Add optional coconut rum afterward and stir gently.

This would also make a nice dessert sorbet after a heavy meal.

Here is a photo of my lovely friend, Dawn, enjoying her Coconut Lemon-Lime Mojito with an appetizer of raw vegan garlic bread with pistachio butter as I was putting the final touches to our Falafel dinner.  Dawn is also one of our Natural Wellness Coaching Candidates and is excited about sharing the Raw Fusion Living philosophy and practice as a Holistic Health Professional.

dawn mojito

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LindaJoy Rose (Academy Founder and Natural Wellness Expert)

LindaJoy Rose, PhD is a therapist, author, professional speaker, international trainer, and healthy living expert with over 25 years of experience. As the former Director of International Development for the American Board of Hypnotherapy, she is a pioneer in the field of subconscious dynamics and clinical hypnotherapy, implementing training and certification in many countries across Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Dr. LJ has appeared numerous times as the Healthy Living expert with the Tampa NBC affiliate and syndicated Daytime TV show, local media coverage, and over 100 videos on the super-information site, eHow.com.

She is the author of eight books, including Your Mind: The Owner’s Manual and Raw Fusion Living: Recipes for Health Eating, Natural Weight Loss and Anti-Aging, and contributes regularly to the popular worldwide news service, The Huffington Post.

With a grant from the Astra-Zeneca Foundation, Rose successfully launched a healthy lifestyle retraining program at one of the nation’s largest and most respected clinics. Having overcome a debilitating auto-immune disorder through lifestyle changes and self-care, she subsequently developed a practical and delicious eating philosophy and teaches popular classes with food demonstrations, world-wide.

In 2013, she launched the online and onsite Natural Wellness Academy with certifications in Holistic Health and Life Coaching and Clinical Hypnotherapy and with students and graduates in almost 20 countries.

The daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Dr. Rose is also a volunteer docent at the Florida Holocaust Museum and resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and 4 furry companions.

"From training therapists internationally in the fields of psychology and hypnotherapy to being an online mentor for two West Coast Universities, to founding the Natural Wellness Academy, teaching has always been my passion, I enjoy nothing more than informing and inspiring prospective coaches and therapists."

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