It’s gonna be another HOT ๐ŸŒ…๐Ÿ”† one!! … cool off with these vegan drinks!๐Ÿน … and ๐ŸŽง๐ŸŽต

Text+pics: Rose T.

Rose woke up in a sweat. It’s the new WORLD…EXTREME WEATHER – more intense, lengthier EVERYTHING! Brown skies everywhere…mud slides, emaciated Polar bears giving birth to fewer cubs. Back in the Big Woo: super hot for a super long time, even for July:

grungy Rose

People, TRUMP (the orange devil!), we can never get back to the GARDEN at this rate! In a few millennia, we, Earth and Co., will have been a dream. WE KILLED the miracle! The magical elephants, whales, the rainforests, sky …


Rose lives on the fourth floor in a building in Worcester’s ghetto, two yards away from Interstate 290. Whew! Global Warming is killing it here! Climate change takes a bigger chunk outa poor people in poor neighborhoods – all over the world!

Her pets seems fine, though. Taking it easy-breezy:




But the beat goes on! THIS MUST BE…

Before we get to the COOL, HEALTHY, VEGAN, SUMMER DRINKS, FYI, kids and parents, the USDA food trucks are all over the city (our parks, public swimming pools, neighborhood centers, public libraries) offering:




Take advantage of this healthy fare, homeless teens, of which we have so many!! There are no forms to fill out, no questions asked …




Cool, Crisp Mint Watermelonade!

5 cups watermelon

1โ€“2 lemons, squeezed

Ice cubes

1โ€“2 sprigs fresh mint

Liquefy the watermelon in a blender or food processor.

Pour the liquid watermelon into 1 or 2 glasses.

Add the lemon juice, drop in the ice cubes, and top with the mint.

Drink up!

Makes 1 to 2 servings



Banana Berry Smoothie!

8 oz. soy milk

1/2 frozen banana

1 cup frozen raspberries or berry of your choice

Put all the ingredients into a blender and purรฉe until smooth.

Makes 1 serving.



Iced Mint Tea!

5 cups water

2 tsp. ordinary black or Darjeeling tea leaves (2 tea bags)

1/4 cup sugar, to taste

1 cup chopped fresh mint leaves

2 Tbsp. lemon juice, or to taste

1 tsp. lemon rind

1 tsp. orange rind

1 cup crushed ice

4 slices lemon

4 slices orange

4 fresh mint sprigs

Boil 1 cup water and brew the tea in it for a minute.

Remove from heat, add the sugar and mint leaves, and let cool.

When cold, add more water, lemon juice, lemon rind, and orange rind.

Mix well and taste to adjust the sweetness.

Refrigerate until chilled.

To serve, pour into tall glasses with crushed ice and a lemon slice, an orange slice, and a mint sprig floating on the top.

Makes 4 servings.