Pumpkin Pecan Muffins
The delicious promise of Fall in a muffin shape.
Summer is a time for transformation, but according to Ayurveda, it’s also a time to balance our Pitta and keep our cool – especially in the midst of a record-breaking heat wave. While it’s always cooler at Retreat in the Pines compared to the DFW area where I live, it’s still hot enough to need a cooling summer drink.
You’ve probably heard the term “cool as a cucumber,” but did you know that cucumbers have cooling properties? Not to mention they’re anti-inflammatory and help you stay hydrated!
Before you slice your cucumber, clean it in a water and baking soda mixture to help remove any wax or debris. In a large bowl, dissolve 1 tsp baking soda using the sprayer or warm water (followed by cool water), fill with water to cover, and soak for 20 minutes. This is a practice I like to do with all my produce before using it – check out my helpful water-saving tip at the end of this post.
To minimize your water waste combine like produce together to soak, starting with fruit and vegetables you eat skin-on. While soaking your cucumber you can also include items like grapes, cherries, and peaches. After soaking for 20 minutes, instead of tossing the water, use it to soak lemons, limes, melons, and other produce with rinds. Finally, use what’s left in the bowl to water indoor and outdoor plants!