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. Instead, try this refreshing watermelon juice with lime. No added sugar needed.
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 blender, 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.
Cut the watermelon into quarters or manageable size pieces. Scoop out the flesh, discard the rind. Place the flesh into a blender and puree, then pour into a strainer. Discard the pulp.
Pour the juice into a pitcher, then add the lime juice and sparkling water.
How to Cut Up a Watermelon
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.
Serve well chilled with lime wedges or slices on the rim. Fresh mint is a nice options too.
Option: Make Watermelon Popsicles!
Another idea - pour the watermelon-lime juice into popsicle molds and freeze for dessert.
Sparkling Watermelon and Lime Juice
- 3 pounds seedless watermelon mini size or ½ a larger
- 1 cup of fresh squeezed lime juice 250 ml
- 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 blender. Pour through a fine strainer. Discard the pulp, add lime juice and sparkling water as desired. Serve cold.
Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon says
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.