I decided I wanted to do something fun with food and fashion, and bring in a fashion expert to add another creative mind to the mix (plus putting together insta-worthy outfits ins’t my strong point)! So here’s where I introduce fashion blogger Sarah Bellamy creative mind behind Sare City. Sarah is a beautiful person inside and out with great hair and lipsticks I’m always wanting to add to my collection-you can see her passion for her art in her blog www.sarecity.com and instagram @sarebellamy. I love seeing the colours she has in her posts (it makes me look at my primarily black wardrobe in shame)!
We came up with a food and fashion combo by choosing a palette inspired by the colour of a food. I of course was in charge of the food and Sarah the outfit to match. Our palette this post has been inspired by the lime! Here’s what Sarah has to say about her outfit choice for this post, make sure you go check out her sight to read more about her inspo for our little project!:
“ I wanted to incorporate that same refreshing feeling into today’s look. White in the warmer months is essential as it reflects those hot sun rays to keep you both looking and feeling cool! And of course I had to add a little punch of the colour lime to my accessories, as it gives a citrusy punch to the overall look.”
Limes for Health and Beauty
Limes are a citrus fruit with a high source of antioxidant Vitamin C – learn more about benefits of Vit C for health and beauty here. I’m often using the juice and zest of limes to add natural flavours to foods without having to use extra salt and sugar. Here are 3 summer-ready recipes featuring limes you must try!
Kiwi-Lime Ice Pops
vegan, gluten free
1/4 of a long english cucumber, peeled and sliced
2 kiwi, peeled and sliced
juice on 1 lime
1/2 tsp lime zest
2 Tbsp Maple Syrup (honey if not vegan)
1 cup coconut water
Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze.
Raw Keylime Cheesecake
vegan, raw, gluten free
adapted from caseyjade.com
1/4 cup raw almonds
1/4 cup raw walnuts
3 Tbsp coconut flakes
3/4 cup pitted dates, soaked in warm water for 15 min and drained
1 1/2 cups cashews, soaked overnight
2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup coconut milk (full-fat, canned)
1/2 cup fresh key lime juice
zest of 1 large lime
2 Tbsp maple syrup
For the crust:
1. Add nuts, coconut and dates to blender or food processor and pulse into a fine grain. You should me able to mold the mixture.
2. Divide and press mixture into muffin tins so well compacted and even. I placed strips of parchment paper under the mixture so I can lift the cakes out of the tins easily. See picture. Place into fridge to allow crusts to set while you prepare the cheesecake mixture.
For the cheesecake:
1. Drain water from cashews. Add cashews, lime juice, lime zest, coconut oil, coconut milk, and maple syrup to blender or food processor and blend until mixture is smooth and creamy.
2. Divide and pour mixture onto the crusts. Sprinkle with lime zest
3. Place cakes into freezer. Take cakes out of freezer 30 minutes before serving.
Cucumber Mint Limeade
I made this nonalcoholic but you could choose to add alcohol to make it more into a mojito cocktail (try triple sec and tequila).
1 handful of fresh mint leaves, rinsed
1/2 long english cucumber
juice of 2 large lime
1 lime sliced
juice of 1/4 grapefruit
2 Tbsp date syrup*
* To make date syrup I added 7 large pitted dates with 2 cups water into a large sauce pan. Bring to boil, reduce and simmer over low-medium heat for 30 minutes. Pour into cheesecloth in a fine mesh strainer. Squeeze out liquid into a bowl – this will be your date syrup. Make sure you get as much liquid out of the date as you can!
1. Add mint and date syrup into large pitcher. Crush the mint with the syrup using a large wooden spoon.
2. Slice 1/2 of the portion of cucumber into thin slices with skin. With the other half portion of cucumber, peel and cut into small pieces – add these to the mint and syrup mixture and stir.
3. Add lime juice, grapefruit juice, ice, lime and cucumber slices to the pitcher, stir and enjoy!