Watermelon summer smoothie

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

Watermelon 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 large mint leaves
  • ¼ – ½ cup water for a more fluid beverage (optional)

Put all ingredients in your high speed blender and blend until smooth. Add some water for a more fluid beverage and blend again. Pour into glasses and garnish as desired, for example, mint leaves, watermelon wedges or other fresh fruit. Serve immediately. Store leftover smoothie in a sealed glass bottle in fridge for one day.

Julie Zimmer

Julie has extensive experience in nursing practice and education in a wide range of fields from intensive/coronary care, to medical-surgical to community and public health. Julie has Bachelor Degrees in Psychology and Nursing, and a Master’s Degree in Community Health Nursing Education. She has taught in faculties of nursing and in various communities in Toronto, Canada and in Geneva, Switzerland, and is a consultant to the International Council of Nurses (ICN). Julie also has years of experience teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) in addition to coordinating an English department in a Swiss private school.

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