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Recipe: Summer Time White Gazpacho

Summer Time White Gazpacho

Well its definitely summertime in NYC. Hot and humid, that sounds about right. Even though it does feel a tad bit early this year- I’m not complaining!

When it’s hot and muggy out, my body craves cool, raw, clean and refreshing foods.

A dish that will help to remove toxins and clean the blood, giving an overall feeling of lightness and a cooling effect.

Smoothies, juices and salads are no brainers, but I feel like people often forget about soup. As lets face it, it’s usually served hot. But in hot climates such as Spain and many Mediterranean countries, cold soups are very common on the summer menu.

I like the idea of this “white” gazpacho, as it is full of protein and Vitamin E thanks to the almonds and gives an impression of richness due to the color and creamy looking texture.

So simple and easy to make, all of the ingredients are raw, so you can just pop everything into a blender and lunch or dinner is ready in about 5 minutes.

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup raw almonds (if you feel you have trouble digesting almonds, you can soak them in bowl of water for 24 hrs, drain and then use)

Handful of fresh cilantro

Pinch of dried oregano

½ lemon juiced

1 cucumber, peeled

1 yellow pepper

1 garlic clove

1 handful of green grapes

1-2 cups of water (you decide how thick or thin you would like it)

Sea salt to taste

For Garnish:

Few slices of avocado

Sprinkle of sliced or crushed almonds

Sprig of cilantro

And drizzle of very good quality extra virgin olive oil

2+ servings

Instructions:

This is the super easy part: cut up everything very roughly and pop into blender with water. Whizz away and you’re done!

 

Good to Know:

Almonds are a very good source of vitamin E, manganese, biotin, and copper. Almonds are a good source of magnesium, molydenum, riboflavin (vitamin B2), and phosphorus. Fortunately, although one-quarter cup of almonds contains about 11 grams of fat, a sizable portion of it (7 grams) is heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.

Kelly O’Dell is a fashion model, healthy chef and nutrition councilor. She started cooking with whole foods, mostly vegetables, 11 years ago after working in the fashion industry for more than 20 years. She has seen it all when it comes to models and diets, and sadly it hasn’t been pretty. With her website www.kellyinthekitchen.com she wants to show not only models but everyone, that it is possible to  look and feel healthy and beautiful  without sacrificing delicious tasting food. Kelly lives in New York City, you can follow her @thekellyodell on Instagram or visit www.kellyinthekitchen.com for recipes, catering and private counseling sessions.

 

 

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