Watermelon Coconut Cooler

Watermelon Coconut Cooler by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

When we were in Las Vegas a few weeks ago, one of the places Big-O kept eying was a juice bar located on the casino floor of our hotel. Every time we passed it, he would look longingly at the cold-pressed juice concoctions in the refrigerated case, and tug my arm. Eventually, I relented, and we joined the queue of sleep-deprived adults in line for the the “Back to Normal” and “Hangover Be Gone” remedy cleanses.

My ten-year-old (who, for the record, was not hung over) opted instead for a bottle of “Aloha Sunrise,” a blend of watermelon, coconut water, lemon juice, and salt. But then, I saw the sticker price on a single-serving bottle: $11.00.


By then, we were at the front of the line, and Big-O already had a big anticipatory smile on his face, so I pulled out my wallet. And to be honest, the beverage _was _pretty darned refreshing. But I knew I could recreate it at home for a fraction of the price—and without the accompanying whiff of desperation and cigarette smoke perfuming the air.

And I did!

This watermelon cooler is perfect for your summertime parties—just blend it ahead of time, and it’ll keep in the fridge for up to two days. When it’s time to serve it, shake well and pour over ice!

Makes 8 servings


  • 3 pounds (1.4 kg) seedless watermelon cubes
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt



Crack open your watermelon.

Watermelon Coconut Cooler by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

It’s totally fine to purchase pre-cubed watermelon, but chopping it up yourself isn’t that hard—and way cheaper.

Watermelon Coconut Cooler by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

The size of the cubes won’t matter; just roughly chop ’em up the same size.

Watermelon Coconut Cooler by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Throw the cubes into a blender and pour in the coconut water. (If your blender has less capacity than 64 ounces, you can divide the recipe and blend everything up in two batches.)

Watermelon Coconut Cooler by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Add the juice from one lime…

Watermelon Coconut Cooler by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…and a smidge of sea salt.

Watermelon Coconut Cooler by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Blitz until liquefied. If your blender isn’t super powerful and you end up with some chunky pulp, just strain it out.

Watermelon Coconut Cooler by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Chill it in the refrigerator, and then serve over ice. Or if you’re as impatient as I am, just pour it over ice and enjoy immediately.

Watermelon Coconut Cooler by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

You can store this summery beverage in a sealed container for up to 2 days, but remember to shake the heck out of it before serving.

Watermelon Coconut Cooler by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

By the way, it’s absolutely fine with me if you prefer to make these coolers a little more “adult” by adding your favorite fermented beverage. Your secret’s safe with me!

Watermelon Coconut Cooler by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com


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Weekend Fun


Hi friends! Thank you for the great comments on my “The Importance of Slowing Down” post from yesterday! I’m happy to report that I am writing this post with all my various email inboxes closed.

Anyway! I wanted to check in today to recap our weekend! It was a really busy but fun one – full of a lot of wedding-related festivities! Lara, one of my best friends from high school, is getting married in July, and this past weekend was her bridal shower and bachelorette! I wasn’t able to make the bachelorette party because Matt and I were at a wedding on Saturday night (more on that in a minute), but I was able to join for the shower festivities. :) Phase 1 of the shower was right up my alley: a CrossFit workout!

Lara is super into CrossFit, so it only made sense that’s how we started the day! Jenny (my high school BFF) and I were the only ones brave enough to take Lara up on the challenge. We met her out at CrossFit Rubicon in Vienna on Saturday morning for her CrossFit gym’s 9 a.m. team workout of the day. The boot camp I go to a lot at Urban Athletic Club incorporates a lot of CrossFit moves, but I hadn’t done a workout with the bar in awhile – nice to get back to it!


Jenny and I teamed up and Lara teamed up with her fiance, Jim. Yes, they were rocking matching shirts for the occasion. Loved it! I actually got her this adorable CrossFit-themed bridal tank as part of her bridal shower gift to rock next time she goes! :)


The WOD (workout of the day) was 4 rounds of the following: a 20 calorie row (it took Jenny and me between a minute 45 seconds and 2 minutes to do that… we’re not fast, it’s cool) + 10 burpees with lateral jumps over the rowing machine in between each burpee + 5 thrusters (squat down while holding the barbell to your chest, then stand up and press it overhead).


It was a great workout – fun, too!



I was especially proud of Jenny! She’s 6 months pregnant and totally rocked it. (She’s a fitness instructor, so she’s in awesome shape! She just modified the burpees a bit and did step overs instead of jumps over the machine.)


After the workout, we all headed home, prettied up, and went to Lara’s shower! Her family hosted all of us and there was a beautiful spread of food.

laras bridal shower

I snuck out of the shower a bit early to meet Matt and head over to the beautiful Dumbarton House in Georgetown for the wedding of one of Matt’s good friends/roommates from college!

dumbarton house wedding dinner

We hang out with the bride and groom (Carl and Lauren) a fair amount here in DC and couldn’t wait to see them tie the knot. We also went to the rehearsal dinner on Friday night, which was lovely.

Matt was honored to be asked to be an usher, so he walked the mother of the groom down the aisle. It was hot out but a beautiful ceremony!

dumbarton house wedding

The cocktail hour after the ceremony featured lawn games – what a good idea! Corn hole? Don’t mind if we do!

dumbarton house cornhole

dumbarton house wedding 1

A bunch of you guys on Instagram were asking where my dress came from – here it is over on the Nordstrom website! It was outrageously expensive and didn’t have a price tag on it when I tried it on or else I probably wouldn’t have tried it in the first place, but once I fell in love with it there was no turning back. I figure I only buy new wedding appropriate dresses once every 5 years or so and wear them a million times, so I’ll get my money’s worth eventually. :)

nordstrom blue lace dress

When I bought this dress I also splurged on this beautiful glam/formal dress from Macy’s – we have a fun resurgence in weddings this year (I think we’re going to 7?!) and two of the ones we’re going to are black tie, so I figured I should go for it. I had a big coupon and an old gift card, though, so that helped with that one!

Anyway! A HUGE congratulations to Carl and Lauren! It was so fun to celebrate with you both this past weekend. <3

dumbarton house wedding 2

This post is getting crazy long, so I’ll save my Sunday long run recap for tomorrow (which is actually National Running Day – perfect!). Check back in for a sweet giveaway in honor of the “holiday”! :)

Have a good one, my friends!

Weekend Fun originally appeared on fANNEtastic food | Washington D.C. area Registered Dietitian | Recipes + Healthy Living + Fitness on June 2, 2015.

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Industry-sponsored research: this week’s collection

Every time I collect five, I’m posting studies sponsored by food companies or trade associations that show benefits of the sponsor’s products.

I would love to be able to post industry-sponsored studies with results contrary to the sponsor’s interest, but I’m just not finding any. If you run across some, please send.

Here’s this week’s batch, with comments on the last two:

Probiotic supplementation prevents high-fat, overfeeding-induced insulin resistance in human subjects. Carl J. Hulston, Amelia A. Churnside and Michelle C. Venables British Journal of Nutrition (2015), 113, 596–602 doi:10.1017/S0007114514004097.

  • Conclusion: These results suggest that probiotic supplementation may be useful in the prevention of diet-induced metabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes.
  • Sponsor: The present study…was financially supported by industry funds. The cost of consumables for the study was covered by an educational grant from Yakult UK Limited.

Dairy Foods and Dairy Proteins in the Management of Type 2 Diabetes: A Systematic Review of the Clinical Evidence. Gonca Pasin and Kevin B Comerford. Adv Nutr 2015; 6:245-259. doi:10.3945/an.114.007690.

  • Conclusion: Given cultured dairy products’ long history of safe use, and whey protein’s overall efficacy in clinical studies so far, these dairy products appear to have great potential to assist with the management of T2DM in millions of people worldwide, in an inexpensive and easily implementable manner.
  • Sponsor: California Dairy Research Foundation. G Pasin is the executive director of the California Dairy Research Foundation. KB Comerford is a paid consultant for the California Dairy Research Foundation.

One Egg per Day Improves Inflammation when Compared to an Oatmeal-Based Breakfast without Increasing Other Cardiometabolic Risk Factors in Diabetic Patients. Martha Nydia Ballesteros , Fabrizio Valenzuela, Alma E. Robles, Elizabeth Artalejo, David Aguilar, Catherine J. Andersen, Herlindo Valdez and Maria Luz Fernandez. Nutrients 2015, 7(5), 3449-3463; doi:10.3390/nu7053449

  • Conclusions: When compared to an oatmeal breakfast, one egg per day did not result in changes in plasma glucose, our primary end point…[and other markers] indicating that eggs can be consumed without any detrimental changes in lipoprotein or glucose metabolism in this population. The most interesting finding, however, was that eggs—possibly due to their content of highly bioavailable lutein and zeaxanthin—reduced inflammation in diabetic subjects when compared to oatmeal intake.
  • Sponsor: Egg Nutrition Center

The Acute Electrocortical and Blood Pressure Effects of Chocolate. M. Montopoli, L. C. Stevens, C. Smith, G. Montopoli, S. Passino, S, Brown, L. Camou, K. Carson, S. Maaske, K. Knights, W. Gibson, J. Wu. NeuroRegulation 2015;2(1):3-28. doi: 10.15540/nr.2.1.3.

  • Conclusions: This is the first known study to investigate acute EEG effects of consuming chocolate and suggests a potential attention-enhancing effect… there is clearly the possibility of an application of this combination of L-theanine and cacao in the treatment of hypertension.
  • Sponsor: “Chocolate products for this study were provided by a generous grant in supplies from The Hershey Company…Grateful appreciation is expressed to Dr. Debra Miller and to the staff at The Hershey Company for their guidance and support throughout this project and for their careful review of this manuscript prior to submission.”

Comment: I learned about this study from FoodNavigator, which deserves highest praise for this headline: “Step aside energy drinks: Chocolate has a stimulating effect on human brains, says Hershey-backed study.” Bravo!

Efficacy and safety of LDL-lowering therapy among men and women: meta-analysis of individual data from 174 000 participants in 27 randomised trials. Cholesterol Treatment Trialists’ (CTT) Collaboration. Lancet 2015:385:1397-1405.

  • Conclusion: “In men and women at an equivalent risk of cardiovascular disease, statin therapy is of similar effectiveness for the prevention of major vascular events.”
  • Conflicts reported: The CTT Collaboration reports funding by various British and Australian research councils and foundations, “and not by the pharmaceutical industry.” But, it says, most of trials covered by its analysis were supported by the drug industry, and numerous members of the CTT report fees, grants, consultancies, or honoraria from various companies making cholesterol-lowering drugs.

Note: drug companies have a vested interest in promoting drug, rather than dietary, approaches to LDL-lowering.

Comment: Conflicts of interest do not necessarily mean that the results of the study were manipulated or wrong. They do mean that the methods and results require more than the usual level of scrutiny. Sponsored studies almost invariably produce results consistent with the sponsor’s economic or marketing interests.

It’s likely that some industry-sponsored studies produce conclusions contrary to the sponsor’s interest. If you know of any, please send.

SOURCE ARTICLE: : http://www.foodpolitics.com/2015/06/industry-sponsored-research-this-weeks-collection/

Snap Pea Skewers with Soy-Ginger Sauce

Snap Pea Skewers with Soy-Ginger Sauce | @naturallyella

Halloumi and Sugar Snap Pea Skewers | @naturallyella

I wish I could tell you there would be an end to my combinations of halloumi skewers but I’m not sure I can promise that. I like (love, even) cheese but when it’s fried or lightly charred from the grill, it reserves a spot in my all-time favorite foods (which is saying a lot because most days, I can’t tell you what else is in that category).

This is one of those recipes that made it’s way onto the grill thanks to a little inspiration from Martha’s pork version (which, much to M’s sadness, did not make their way onto the grill). Snap peas are a spring/early summer treat in my book and I usually keep a bag in the fridge to snack on (potentially dipped in a bit of ranch on occasion). However, these skewers are perfect for any grilling out and don’t take that long to assemble. I also recommend investing in some thin, metal skewers- reusable, pokes through the ingredients easier, and you don’t have to remember to soak anything (because I never remember!)

See the Recipe.

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Carrot cake fudge (low sugar, vegan, paleo)

Creamy carrot cake fudge made from just a few simple all natural ingredients. A fun way to enjoy the classic carrot cake without all the added refined flours and sugars. Are you ready to indulge this summer with healthy carrot cake fudge that comes together quickly? We are back from traveling. It feels great to be…

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SOURCE ARTICLE: : http://purelytwins.com/2015/06/02/carrot-cake-fudge-dairy-free-low-sugar-gluten-free-recipe/