Summer of Truce: Bonfires, S’mores, and Almond Milk

Welcome to a new section of our bulletin we’re calling “Summer of Truce.” Every week for the next few months we’ll be highlighting one essential summer activity in the Twin Cities and pairing it with one of our juices. It’ll give you an excuse to go out and try something new—whether it’s a block party or our Hardcore Greens. Make sure to check back!

Despite what the calendar says, I think we can start saying it’s summer since school is getting out and it’s finally sandal weather again. This time of the year is particularly important to us in Minnesota—we need all the warm weather, sunshine, and lake time we can get. So to kick this off we wanted to feature something we can all connect to, whether you’re a block away from our store, out in the suburbs, or even in a different state. It’s the classic summer night: bonfires & s’mores.

If you’re going to indulge in one treat throughout June, July, and August, let it be a s’more. They’re equal parts delicious and nostalgic—conjuring up scenes of moonlit beaches on Minnesota lakes, friends gathered around a bonfire pit trying not to set their marshmallows on fire. While a lot of you will be making them lakeside this summer, others may be gathering around a makeshift bonfire pit in the city, or even on the roof of one of Uptown’s new lofts.

Although, there’s always a missing element when it comes to s’mores: something to drink. We’ve all been there, biting into the rich, gooey marshmallow and desperately needing something to wash it down, but by then it’s too late. This time around, try bringing along some of our original Almond Milk or Spiced Almond Milk. Not only are they refreshing, smooth, and the perfect complement to this sweet treat—they’ll also help you get those nutrients you maybe forgot about during the day. Almonds are high in Vitamin E and monounsaturated fats, aka the good, essential fats that will help you replenish for your next fun-filled day in the sun.

Still unsure about eating s’mores? Trying to cut back on desserts? Try making these health-conscious changes:

  • Swap your Hershey’s bar for some heart-healthy dark chocolate.
  • Use gluten-free graham crackers, either store-bought or homemade.
  • Keep the normal marshmallows. Trust us.

If you have any tips for changing the normal s’mores recipe, let us know! We’re always looking to try something new and have been known to put a little almond butter in between the graham cracker and chocolate...

Check back next week for another Twin Cities summer activity! If you’ve been to this event, you’ll know why we picked it. If you’ve never heard of it before, you can thank us later.

-Alex Lauer

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