Nothing says summer more than a watermelon smoothie. Apart from simply
eating it, there’s no better way to enjoy the fruit. Its pink juicy
flesh and sweet flavor makes it one of my all-time favourite fruits. I
always have some on hand during summer.
How to Use in Smoothies
Watermelon has a high water content which is why I love to eat it on
a hot summer day, it’s so refreshing and hydrating. But this also
means using less liquid in your smoothie.Start by blending all
your ingredients together, minus any liquid. Whether you need to add
any liquid will depend on your other ingredients. In fact, your smoothie may need a thickening agent. I love to add chia gel, frozen bananas or yogurt.You
might be surprised to learn that watermelon can be mixed with so many
other fruits. Berries, of course, top the list, followed by other fruits
such as pineapple and orange. Then there’s the creamier fruits such as
bananas and mango. When using watermelon for smoothies, a 1 ½ inch (4 cm) slice will give you approximately 1 cup of chopped fruit.
Selecting Your Watermelon
If you are buying a whole, uncut watermelon look for fruit that feels
heavy for its size. This is an indication of ripeness. A fully ripened
watermelon is more than 90% water, and water is one of the heaviest
components in food. The rind should be smooth without any cuts or
bruises and slightly dulled on top.Watermelon can also be
purchased pre-cut into quarters or halves. Choose fruit with brightly
colored flesh minus any white streaks. The flesh should also be firm
with no soft spots. Whole watermelon can be stored in a cool,
dark place. Cut sections however should be stored in the refrigerator
for two or three days.
More than just water and sugar, watermelon is a nutrient dense food that is low in calories. It is also an excellent source of Vitamin A, and a good source of potassium, vitamin B6 and Vitamin C. But it is most famous for its antioxidant properties. Watermelon is high in lycopene, a powerful carotenoid antioxidant that gives food such as tomatoes and grapefruit their pink/red color.The levels of lycopene in watermelon are higher than any other fruit or vegetable and one and a half times more than tomatoes.
Ginger Watermelon Smoothie
Ingredients1 cup watermelon chunks1 cup frozen mango½ cup almond milk½ cup vanilla yogurt½ inch grated gingerHow to MakePlace the watermelon, mango, almond milk, vanilla yogurt and grated ginger in your blender and process until a smooth consistency. Pour into your favorite glasses and enjoy.
Mint Watermelon Smoothie
Ingredients1 cup watermelon chunks½ cup frozen pineapple1 cup coconut yogurt2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves1 tablespoon chia gel1 teaspoon ground cinnamon1 teaspoon honeyHow to MakeCombine the watermelon, pineapple, coconut yogurt, mint leaves, chia gel, ground cinnamon and honey and blend until smooth.Pour into two glasses and serve immediately.
Note: Make your chia gel by soaking 1 tablespoon white chia seeds in 1/3 cup coconut milk for about 10 – 15 minutes.
Peachy Watermelon Smoothie
Ingredients1 cup of watermelon, chopped1 peach½ cup coconut water½ cup Greek style yogurtJuice of 1 limeHow to MakeCut a generous slice of watermelon for this recipe. Then cut the peach in half and remove the stone. Mix together the watermelon, peach, coconut water, yogurt and lime juice. Pour into two glasses and enjoy this wonderfully refreshing drink.
Watermelon Cherry Smoothie
Ingredients1 cup chopped watermelon½ cup pitted cherries¼ cup frozen raspberries¼ cup cranberry juiceHow to MakeIn a blender combine chopped watermelon, cherries, raspberries and cranberry juice. Secure lid and start blending on low. When fruit is chopped increase to high and blend until smooth and creamy.Pour into 2 glasses
Watermelon Strawberry Smoothie
Ingredients1 cup chopped watermelon chunks1 cup strawberries1 cup vanilla frozen yogurt½ cup almond milkHow to MakePlace the watermelon, strawberries, frozen yogurt and milk in a blender and process for a minute or until smooth and creamy.Pour into a glass.
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