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.
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. 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.
Sparkling Watermelon and Lime Juice
Makes: about 2 quarts (6-8 servings)
- 1 small, mini-size watermelon (about 3 1/2-4 pounds or 2 kilos)
- 1 cup (250 ml) of fresh squeezed lime juice
- Sparkling water or sparkling mineral water, as you prefer
- Wash watermelon well, then cut into slices and remove the rind. Cut out the pink flesh and puree in a Vitamix or blender. Pour through a fine strainer. Discard the pulp, add lime juice and sparkling water as desired. Serve cold.
All about the health benefits of watermelon, from Worlds Healthiest Foods
Watermelon health and nutrition, from the Watermelon Board
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