Watermelon smoothies are a delicious and refreshing summer treat. The key to making a great watermelon smoothie is to freeze the watermelon cubes first. To make this healthy watermelon smoothie recipe more nutritionally balanced, simply add protein rich yogurt and almond milk. This will give your watermelon smoothie a thick and creamy consistency.
Refreshing Healthy Watermelon Smoothie Served in an Ice Cold Cup!
There are many fruits that go well with watermelon. I chose to use strawberry in this summer smoothie recipe.
What Fruit Goes Well with Watermelon?
Some of these include strawberries, bananas, and tropical fruits such as mango and pineapple. Adding frozen fruit to the smoothie makes it thicker. The strawberry added to the smoothie is a perfect fit, because the sweet juicy flavor won't overpower the star ingredient flavor. This watermelon smoothie is vegan, naturally sweetened without any refined sugars, and has a fresh fruity flavor drink perfect for summer!
Health Benefits of Watermelon Smoothie
Watermelon is a delicious summer fruit packed with nutrients and health benefits. Some key nutrients found in watermelon include lycopene, beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin C, and fiber. In addition to being a good source of various essential nutrients, it can also provide some health benefits, such as reducing the risk of cancer or providing relief from muscle pain after working out. Furthermore, its high water content makes it a great way to stay hydrated during the hot summer months, while its fiber content helps regulate digestion.
Is Watermelon Healthy?
Yes, watermelon is healthy and refreshing fruit, especially in the warmer months when your body needs that extra hydration. As I mentioned earlier, watermelon is a good source of lycopene, which can help lower the risk of certain types of cancer. In addition, watermelon juice may help alleviate sore muscles after a long workout. The fruit is also rich in beta-carotene and lycopene, which can help protect the skin from sunburn.
Watermelon is Hydrating
As previously mentioned, watermelon is high in fiber. Bonus: the hydrating high water content in watermelon can help prevent constipation. Finally, both vitamin A and C are present in watermelon to help cellular repair and collagen creation in the body.
Watermelon is a great snack option because it is low calorie and full of nutrients. In addition to being healthy, watermelon is also tasty and refreshing! It's perfect for hydrating during the hot summer months. Be sure to add watermelon to your list of go-to snacks this summer!
Watermelon Vitamins & Minerals
Watermelon is an excellent source of vitamins like vitamin C, A, potassium, and magnesium. It also has many antioxidants, lycopene and beta-carotene, like I mentioned earlier. This fruit is also rich in citrulline, an amino acid shown to help lower blood pressure levels (1). So, you may lower your risk of heart disease by adding some fresh watermelon into a healthy diet.
Watermelon as an Immune System Booster for the Body
Watermelon juice is a great way to boost your immune system. Not only does watermelon contain vitamin C, but it is also important for the synthesis of collagen production in the body. Collagen is important for proper immune function and gives our cells structure. The watermelon provides a source of citrulline, which can be turned into arginine (2). Arginine is an essential amino acid that helps improve the function of your immune system.
Can I blend the Watermelon Seeds?
I prefer the seedless kind of watermelon. However, there are some health benefits that watermelon seeds provide for the body.
BENEFITS OF WATERMELON SEEDS
Did you know that watermelon seeds can actually be good for you? When you're done eating the watermelon, don't discard the seeds! Eating the seeds of watermelon gives a powerhouse of health benefits. These tiny seeds contain healthy fats, both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. So, they are heart healthy and protective in nature.
Watermelon seeds are rich in folate, copper, iron, magnesium, and potassium. These nutritious seeds can be delicious as a healthy snack. Simply roast them like any other seed. Place in a preheated 325 degree oven for 15 minutes and enjoy. You can top with sea salt, Tajin seasoning or a cinnamon sugar mixture.
Watermelon is an Anti-Inflammatory Fruit
This tasty fruit contains beta-cryptoxanthin, which is anti-inflammatory and can help protect your joints from inflammation by reducing your CRP markers. If you have arthritis, eating some watermelon might help ease your pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis because of the carotenoid, beta-cryptoxanthin.
Few Ingredients You Need for a Creamy Watermelon Smoothie Recipe:
- Frozen Strawberries
- Almond Milk
- Lime juice
- Fresh ginger root
- Fresh Mint
Can Watermelon be Frozen for Smoothies?
Yes, you can freeze watermelon for smoothies! In fact, frozen watermelon is a great base for smoothies because it provides a nice texture and sweetness. However, you will want to use fresh watermelon for the best results. Follow my instructions below on how to freeze your watermelon for later use.
How to Freeze Fresh Watermelon for Smoothies?
I love to keep frozen fruit on hand to easily add to my smoothie recipes. Freezing watermelon is a perfect way to store and use the fruit for later. The first step is to slice the watermelon in half. Then cut into thinner slices. Take the thinner slices and cut into small cubes. It's best to lay them flat on a lined baking sheet, and then freeze the cubes.
Next, after the cubes are frozen, transfer into an airtight container or reusable baggies. The watermelon fruit will last about 2 months in the freezer, without that freezer burn flavor.
How to Make a Healthy Watermelon Smoothie
Watermelon smoothies are a delicious and refreshing summer drink. The key to making a great watermelon smoothie is to freeze the watermelon cubes first. This will give your smoothie a thicker, creamy texture that you will enjoy.
This smoothie recipe is made with only a few simple ingredients. The watermelon provides sweetness and flavor, while the yogurt gives the drink a creamy texture. You can use any type of yogurt you like, but I recommend using unsweetened almond or coconut milk yogurt, because it adds protein and calcium without adding sugar or fat.
BEST WATERMELON SMOOTHIE RECIPE
This drink is perfect for hot summer days when you want something cool and refreshing. The watermelon is hydrating and has lots of vitamin C and nutrients. All you need is a blender and some fresh fruit, yogurt, almond milk, ginger, lime juice, and fresh mint leaves.
Let's Make an Easy Healthy Watermelon Smoothie Recipe
No refined sugars added, vegan, gluten-free and oh so refreshing.
Refreshing Watermelon Smoothie Recipe Made With Simple Ingredients!
- 1 ½ cups diced watermelon (frozen)
- ½ cup strawberries
- ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
- ¼ cup unsweetened yogurt of choice
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger (or a pinch of ground ginger spice)
- Handful of fresh mint leaves
- Add all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and to desired texture.
- Pour the smoothie into a glass and serve immediately. You can add a garnish of fresh mint and lime wedge to the glass.
In this video, I show you how to make a yummy, refreshing, nutritious watermelon smoothie with only a few simple ingredients.
Watermelon is a great fruit to use for blended smoothies, because it's sweet and has a lot of juice. There is no need for additional sweeteners because of how sweet this fruit is. You can use any type of yogurt, but I recommend using vegan unsweetened yogurt if you're looking for a dairy-free option.
Blended smoothies can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 day and frozen for up to 2 months.
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- Arturo Figueroa, Marcos A. Sanchez-Gonzalez, Alexei Wong, Bahram H. Arjmandi, Watermelon extract supplementation reduces ankle blood pressure and carotid augmentation index in obese adults with prehypertension or hypertension, American Journal of Hypertension, Volume 25, Issue 6, June 2012, Pages 640–643, https://doi.org/10.1038/ajh.2012.20
- Collins JK, Wu G, Perkins-Veazie P, Spears K, Claypool PL, Baker RA, Clevidence BA. Watermelon consumption increases plasma arginine concentrations in adults. Nutrition. 2007 Mar;23(3):261-6. doi: 10.1016/j.nut.2007.01.005. PMID: 17352962.
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