Before we get to the actual recipe, we need to talk about the WTF moment I had this morning while stuck OUTSIDE on my 3rd floor balcony in nothing but a sports bra.* Apparently faulty screen door hinges are a thing and can lock you out of your apartment (and keep you locked out until your neighbors hear you yelling and the property manager saves the day — which fortunately, was quite quick). It was basically enough time to construct a Spider man-esque escape route (thankfully not necessary), rearrange the patio furniture, get 45 minutes of California sun, and think about what to do with the 20-something pound watermelon sitting on my kitchen counter, which, to no surprise, was make juice.
Not just any juice, the perfect summer of self-love drink. Equally hydrating and insanely delicious, this cooling summer blend has been on my mind since my bff's annual “pink drink” pic appeared on my Instagram feed 6 weeks ago. While it’s not your traditional pink drink (I’m not actually even sure what’s in a traditional pink drink?), and definitely won’t be found at Starbucks, it’s ridiculously good and beyond easy to make.
Healthy Ingredient Highlights:
Watermelon is loaded with lycopene (helps maintain eye health) as well as potassium (neutralizes acidity in the bloodstream), vitamin C (strengthens immunity), vitamin A (supports healthy vision, skin & glands) and vitamin B1 (helps convert protein to energy). Not only that, watermelon is one of the top cooling foods on earth making it perfect for hot summer days like today, which back in Boston, is pushing 98 degrees.
Pro-tip: To pick a ripe watermelon, knock on it - a hollow sound means it's ready.
Powerful skin rejuvenators, limes are notoriously high in vitamin C (immune support) and flavonoids (antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties). Despite their acidic nature, like lemons, limes actually promote alkalinity in the body and stimulate natural detoxification.
Mint helps alleviate gas, aids in digestion, is rich in antioxidants, and has been shown to have significant antibacterial, fungicidal and insecticidal properties making it useful against many common bacterial pathogens and candida. Plus, it’s really good in this recipe and currently growing like wildfire in our garden.
Watermelon, Lime + Mint Juice
MAKES: 2 16 OZ. JUICES
1/4th of a medium sized watermelon
1 1/2 tsp fresh squeezed lime juice
1 spring of fresh mint + more for garnish
Thoroughly wash produce and throw it in a juicer. (See notes below for blender method.) Drink up.
Notes for the Non-Chef:
If you don’t have a juicer don’t worry, you can alternatively make this using a high powered blender. Strain mix using a cheesecloth or nut milk bag after blending. (It works just as well.)
Use frozen watermelon, make this recipe in a blender, keep the pulp, and turn this into a slushy.
We use a citrus squeezer to juice the lime.
Store your watermelon in the fridge before use. It’s best to keep the ingredients (mainly the watermelon) cold, as cold produce yields more juice than room temperature produce.
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