Summer Watermelon Refresher

Sparkling Watermelon and Lime Juice

By Sally on July 16, 2013

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While water is the ultimate hydrator, many people turn to ice tea, soda, sugary bottled drinks with artificial colors or sugary lemonade in hot summer months. If you need a little something more than water on occasion, try this refreshing watermelon juice with lime. No added sugar needed. And if you prefer it less sweet, as I do, add sparkling water or sparkling mineral water. Either way, it’s a nice summer cooler.

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.

Watermelon Nutrition

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.

 

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Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon | July 16, 2013 at 10:48 pm

This is just gorgeous. Makes me want to go buy a watermelon. Your watermelon with goat cheese was one of the most beautiful appetizers I have ever seen.

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