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.
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.
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