It’s summertime and you are still finding a way to beat the heat? Today’s watermelon smoothie recipe is just the thing that will get you through this season feeling joyful and refreshed.
Believe me, nothing tastes more like summer than a freshly blended watermelon smoothie. The smoothie is actually my household’s favorite for years and has since served as an indispensable drink at our outdoor family reunions and pool parties. It is truly a crowd pleaser!
How do you make a watermelon smoothie?
There is one heads-up I want to give before we start: the amount of ingredients in this recipe is totally customizable. You can play with the ingredients to develop the best watermelon smoothie that delights your palate.
Whenever I buy a large watermelon, my family can’t finish the whole fruit at once. We usually save half of an average watermelon in the fridge, and that is perfect for making watermelon smoothies later.
To begin with, cut the watermelon into fairly small chunks, about ½ inch in size, so that it is easy to blend. The recipe today calls for 2 cups of watermelon and yields 2 glasses of smoothie. Ah, don’t forget to cut two triangle watermelon slices and set them aside for garnishing later.
Next, place the watermelon, 1 cup of ice cube, 1 tablespoon of honey and 4 mint leaves in a blender and cover tightly with a lid.
You can totally replace maple syrup in the place of honey at a 1:1 ratio. I don’t really recommend using sugar at all because it has no proteins, vitamins, minerals or essential fats.
Mint is an excellent addition to the smoothie. It does not only enhance the flavor significantly, but offers a lot of health benefits, too. If you want to add even more exotic aroma to the smoothie, 1 or 2 extra basil leaves will take it to another level.
Now the mixture should be blended for 10 to 15 seconds or until everything is nicely combined and smooth. Make sure you don’t blend for too long, or else the smoothie will lose its slushy texture, no good.
Finally, it’s time to enjoy the drink we have been waiting for. Let’s pour the smoothie into glasses and garnish with the watermelon wedges we saved earlier, and some mint leaves as well. Trust me, you’ll love sipping on this wonderfully refreshing watermelon smoothie all summer long.
What goes well with watermelon smoothie
Because watermelon is the crowd’s favorite during summer, it can be combined with a variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs to make tasty smoothies with unique flavors. Here are my favorite combinations:
Strawberry watermelon smoothie: Both watermelon and strawberries are packed full of nutrients and antioxidants despite being low in calories.
The ingredients we need to make this healthy smoothie are 1 cup of cubed seedless watermelon, 2 cups of frozen strawberries, 1 cup of low-fat plain yogurt, 2 teaspoons of honey and a squeeze of lime juice. You may want to thaw the strawberries for about 10 minutes, so they are still slightly frozen. This gives your smoothie a perfect slushy texture.
Banana watermelon smoothie: Banana and watermelon is a perfect combination for a light, refreshing and healthy breakfast. Additionally, adding this smoothie into your diet can help boost your weight-loss effort.
All you need to do to pull this smoothie together is blending 1 cup of cubed seedless watermelon, 1 peeled and sliced banana, ⅓ cup of vanilla yogurt, 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 ½ cups of ice.
Cucumber watermelon smoothie: This highly detoxifying smoothie is simply delicious and refreshing. Moreover, it’s a great way to sneak some vegetable into your kids’ favorite drink!
To make this smoothie, you’ll need 2 cups of chopped frozen watermelon, ½ cucumber and honey (if you want it sweet). You can garnish with sprigs of mint to make the smoothie even more irresistible!
Can you drink milk after watermelon?
All the time when I was a kid, my parents kept telling me to avoid drinking milk after eating a watermelon or drinking the fruit juice.
Actually, there was a time when I was 20, I accidentally drank a cup of milk 30 minutes after eating a watermelon and guess what, absolutely nothing happened to me. 2 days after that incident, I remembered my parents’ saying and had to ask my friends if they ever had any unusual experiences with watermelon and milk.
Only one of them admitted to feeling sick and a bit gassy after eating a watermelon and drinking milk at the same time. He even had diarrhea after that.
I have been doing some research and found that if one consumes watermelon and milk together, the amino acids present in watermelon, called citrulline, may probably bind with the protein in milk causing the milk to turn into solid, forming clumps along the way.
Although a majority of people can consume watermelon and milk at the same time while sitting and feeling totally okay, there have been one or two cases of unusual stomach experiences reported. This proves to be potentially dangerous and I would recommend you not to do it at all.
Healthy Watermelon Smoothie Recipe
- 2 cup seedless watermelon
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 4 mint leaves optional
- Cut watermelon into ½-inch cubes. Cut two triangle watermelon slices for garnishing.
- Place watermelon, ice cube and mint leaves in a blender and secure with a lid.
- Blend for 10 – 15 seconds or until it becomes smooth.
- Pour the smoothie to a glass, garnish with a triangle watermelon slice and serve immediately.