If you are trying to keep cool in the heat and would like a tastier beverage than ice water, this easy-to-make watermelon smoothie will definitely hit the spot. Natural, light, simple and refreshing, I’ve been making watermelon smoothies regularly this summer.
Mostly made with watermelon, this smoothie is healthier than those store-bought sugary fruit drinks or iced-teas. One glass will give you a wealth of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
One interesting compound in watermelon is lycopene — a powerful phytochemical that gives the watermelon flesh its dark pink or red colour. Lycopene doesn’t only make the watermelon look pretty, but it also plays a role in preventing chronic diseases, such as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Scientist have lately discovered high lycopene levels in watermelon — about 15 to 20 milligrams per 2-cup serving.
So, if you are not going to eat that big watermelon that’s been sitting in your fridge, then consider drinking it! Chop it up and blend it with a few mint leaves, some lime juice, a spoonful of liquid sweetener, such as honey or maple syrup, and lots of ice cubes.
Enjoy and stay cool!
Watermelon summer smoothie
Makes 2 tall glasses.
- 2 full cups cubed watermelon, chilled and preferably seedless or with small seeds.
- 1½ cups ice cubes
- fresh lime juice taken from half of one green lime
- 1 tablespoon liquid honey (or maple syrup for vegan)
- 2-3 mint leaves
- Option: Additional ¼ cup of water (for a more fluid beverage)
Put all ingredients in your high speed blender and blend until smooth. Add a bit of water for a more fluid beverage. Pour into glasses and garnish as desired, for example, mint leaves, watermelon wedges or other fresh fruit. Serve immediately.