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 smoothie. This watermelon smoothie recipe can make it an indispensable drink at outdoor family reunions and pool parties. It is truly a crowd pleaser!
Which Watermelon Is Best for Watermelon Smoothie?
The best possible type of watermelon for a smoothie is the ripe melons, as they’ll produce more liquids and also sweeter than the immature ones. Ripe watermelons can be recognized by its remarkable size and dark green color.
Everything in the flesh of a watermelon is edible, including the rind and seeds, so no matter what kind of melon you’re using, there’s no need to core it before blending.
How Long Will Watermelon Last?
Imagine. You happened to buy a large watermelon, which fruit your family couldn’t finish it at once. Apparently we’d usually have the leftover fruits stored in the fridge, but how do you know the expired date for it?
Like any other fruit, watermelon does go bad. However, there’s a difference between storing it in whole and in smaller slices.
Uncut watermelons can last 7-10 days on the counter and up to 3 weeks in the fridge— though it’s recommended to avoid leaving watermelon at room temperature for more than 2 days, as the flesh can dry out quickly under heat.
The storing time may vary as every watermelon has its own shelf life— which depends on the moment it was picked from the vine. If picked when immature, a watermelon may last longer under proper preservation.
In case you’ve already cut the watermelon up and figured out later that they hit you way much more than what you can actually consume in one day, those slices need to be put to storage. If you plan on finishing the slices on the very next day, they can sit on the counter; otherwise, consider wrapping them in plastic and fridge-storing.
Watermelon starts to dry right from the moment it is sliced, so a cling film is a must-have if you wish to keep the slices edible and tasty for 3 days time in the fridge, as it helps keep the melon flesh moist and prevent strong odors from other foods from invading the fruit.
Can Watermelon Be Frozen for Smoothies?
There is one heads-up 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 recipe that delights your palate. You can use either frozen watermelon or the one that’s already there on your counter. As some people are really fond of stocking frozen fruits for future uses, we want to ensure you that watermelon smoothie can come out perfectly fine with frozen watermelon. The texture for your smoothie would be thicker and icier.
To save up the excess amount of watermelon, freezing is also a smart way to earn more time before the melon spoils and make the best use out of it.
Is Watermelon Good After Being Frozen
Yes, it is, but only if you freeze it properly— that is to let the watermelon be frozen completely to hard-rock. The next thing you should keep in mind is that you should bring it to the blender right after removing it from the freezer and skip the thawing step, otherwise, all you have left is an empty rind.
Watermelon Smoothie for Weight Loss
Watermelon is full of antioxidants, especially lycopene, a pigment that helps prevent risk of cancers and diabetes. Watermelon juice also shows its power in preventing muscle soreness and works as a boost for your workout. It’s low in calorie and naturally sweet, so adding a sweetener to your watermelon smoothie is only an option. You can add a tiny dash of sugar, or replace it with honey, or just let the smoothie be as it!
How to Make Watermelon Smoothie
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.
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.
Watermelon juice: This highly detoxifying smoothie is simply delicious and refreshing. Moreover, it’s a great way to sneak some vegetable into your kids’ favorite drink!
Healthy Watermelon Smoothie Recipe
- 12 oz seedless watermelon
- 8 oz ice cubes
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 4 mint leaves optional
- Cut watermelon into 1/2-inch cubes. Cut two triangle watermelon slices for garnishing.
- Pour the watermelon, ice cube, and sugar in a blender, secure with a lid.
- Blend for 10 – 15 seconds or until it becomes smooth.
- Pour the smoothie to a glass, garnish with mint leaves. Serve immediately.