Sadly our summer days are starting to dwindle, so we need to make the most of the summer we have left! Savor it. Celebrate it. Be grateful for it. What better way to enjoy the last bit of summer than to turn on some reggae-inspired beats, enjoy some tropical treats, and practice summer self-care!
For Part 1 of ‘Savor the End of Summer’, I’ve listed my favorite reggae-inspired songs and showcased two yummy tropical treats. When I think of summer, I think of the beach, the heat, the ocean, the pool, tropical drinks, BBQs, fun-in-the-sun music, and of course, Hawaii. My husband and I went to Hawaii on our honeymoon this time last year, so it will always be associated with great summer memories. We made a version of the treats below almost every afternoon while we were there – YUM. I’ve been making them a lot recently to remember our trip and relish all that summer has to offer.
My go-to summer music is reggae – it instantly makes me think of the beach and sunshine… perfect to help you relax, especially on days that you really need to de-stress. Made to Glow Self-Care Tip: try turning these songs on while you cook, unwind, or practice yoga, or use them as background music while you dance – focus on feeling yourself physically unclench while you listen. Listen out in the sunshine, move your body to the beat, and be transported to the tropics.
Toots and the Maytals – Time Tough, 54-46 Was My Number
Bob Marley – Is This Love (Horns Mix), Soul Shakedown Party, Duppy Conqueror, Three Little Birds, Could You Be Loved, Satisfy My Soul, Stir It Up, Exodus, Jammin
Slightly Stoopid – Mellow Mood ft. G. Love
Gotye ft. Kimbra – Somebody That I Used To Know (Junior Blender Reggae Remix)
The Dirty Heads (ft. Rome) – Lay Me Down
Bob Marley vs Lee Scratch Perry – African Herbsman
Jack Johnson – Badfish/Boss DJ Sublime Cover
Jimmy Cliff – The Harder They Come, You Can Get It If You Really Want, Come Into my Life
UB40 – The Way You Do The Things You Do
Ziggy Marley – Tomorrow People, Love is My Religion, A Lifetime
Paul Simon – Rewrite, Mother and Child Reunion, The Afterlife, You Can Call Me Al, Graceland
Led Zeppelin – D’yer Mak’er
Cubanismo – Could You Be Loved
Harry Nilsson – Put The Lime In the Coconut
Vampire Weekend – Diplomat’s Son
Steel Pulse – Roller Skates
John Legend ft Estelle – No Other Love
Big Mountain – Baby I Love Your Way
Matisyahu – King Without A Crown
Pepper – Tradewinds
Wyclef Jean – Grateful, Two Wrongs (ft. Claudette Ortiz)
Sublime – Garden Grove, Jailhouse, Summertime
While you’re listening, dance around the kitchen and make some tropical treats!
Tropical Soft-serve (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free)
You may have noticed that I’m a fan of making soft-serve/“fro-yo”-type desserts. They’re refreshing in the heat, made with good-for-you ingredients, and much lower in sugar, fat, and calories than traditional ice cream. Try this tropical inspired soft-serve with papaya as the star. Top with shaved coconut or my Vanilla Coconut Whipped Cream if you’d like! Oh, and don’t forget to add some rum or vodka if that’s your style – yep, I may have snuck some in mine 😉
1/8 to 1/4 cup coconut milk or other non-dairy milk
1 cup cubed papaya
1/2 cup frozen cubed mango
1 large frozen banana (about 1 cup of frozen banana chunks)
Optional: 1/2 cup frozen cubed pineapple (gives it more sweetness, but overpowers the papaya a bit – depends on your preference for papaya)
Optional: Vodka or Rum – if adding, use less coconut milk as too much liquid will result in a smoothie rather than soft-serve
– Put the coconut milk in first then papaya then frozen fruit then blend in a blender (Note: a high speed blender works best here) or food processor until just combined. The mixture should have the consistency of a soft-serve ice cream. If it’s too ‘soft’ for you, stick it in the freezer and let it harden for a couple of hours (it’ll look more like the above picture). Top with your garnish of choice!
OR if a green smoothie is more your style…
A Tropical Green Smoothie (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free)
1/4 – 1/2 cup coconut milk or other non-dairy milk
1/2 of a blender loosely packed spinach or other greens
1 1/2 cups of cubed papaya
1/2 cup cubed frozen mango
1 large frozen banana (about 1 cup of frozen banana chunks)
1/4 – 1/2 cup of frozen pineapple chunks
– Put the coconut milk in first then add everything else and blend. It’s incredibly thick and creamy – almost like a pudding. If you like thinner smoothies, just add more coconut milk.
– I used the coconut milk from the carton, but canned coconut milk would make it creamier.
– Kale also works here – I’ve also used Trader Joe’s Power Greens mix.
– Chop spotted bananas in to chunks and then freeze so they’re always on hand.
– If you happen to have some coconut yogurt on hand to mix in, I’m pretty sure that would put this over the top. YUM.
– If you can’t find papaya, omit and add more of the other fruit. You can find these frozen fruits (and fresh papaya) in most large grocery stores. I find them in my local Trader Joe’s.
I am papaya newbie and really enjoy them. Papayas contain beneficial anti-inflammatory digestive enzymes (see below), so I’ve been incorporating them more while I can them in stores. (Source)
Stay tuned for Part 2 of Savor the End of Summer — self-care tips to get the most of out of the last bit of summer!
‘Papayas offer not only the luscious taste and sunlit color of the tropics, but are rich sources of antioxidant nutrients such as carotenes, vitamin C and flavonoids; the B vitamins, folate and pantothenic acid; and the minerals, potassium and magnesium; and fiber. Together, these nutrients promote the health of the cardiovascular system and also provide protection against colon cancer. In addition, papaya contains the digestive enzyme, papain, which is used like bromelain, a similar enzyme found in pineapple, to treat sports injuries, other causes of trauma, and allergies.
Papaya contains several unique protein-digesting enzymes including papain and chymopapain. These enzymes have been shown to help lower inflammation and to improve healing from burns. In addition, the antioxidant nutrients found in papaya, including vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene, are also very good at reducing inflammation.’ (Source)