For healthy summer refreshment, try watermelon lime juice. While water is the ultimate hydrator, sometimes we need a little more flavor and fun. Many people turn to ice tea, soda, sugary bottled drinks with artificial colors or sugary lemonade in hot summer months. No added sugar needed. And for some sparkle, add sparkling water or sparkling mineral water. Either way, it’s a nice summer cooler.
Watermelon Lime Juice – Waste Not
A few weeks ago when we shot the post for watermelon and goat cheese appetizers, I ended up with a lot of leftover watermelon. Not wanting to waste it, I pureed it in my Vitamix, strained out the pulp and added a little fresh squeezed lime juice. We took it to a family party and everyone loved it, so I thought I’d share this simple idea with you.
More than just a sweet summer treat, watermelon is full of vitamins A, C and B6, potassium and amino acids. But possibly the best benefit from watermelon is a phytonutrient called lycopene. Lycopene provides cardiovascular, bone health, and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Other good sources of lycopene are tomatoes, pink grapefruit and guava. And because watermelon is approximately 92% water, it’s very hydrating. While it is always more healthy to eat the whole fruit with the pulp versus the juice, watermelon and lime juice is a nice summer treat.
Cooling Treat – Make Popsicles!
Another idea – pour the watermelon lime juice into popsicle molds and freeze for dessert. If you need help on how to choose and cut up a watermelon, read this post with helpful photographs. For the highest health benefits, be sure to choose a fully ripe watermelon.