Did you know that watermelon is so water dense and soft, you can make fresh watermelon juice with just a blender?! Studies have also shown that watermelon supports good cardiovascular health, plus aids muscle recovery after a workout!*
There is a lot you can do with one watermelon and yes, they are available all year round. Here are a few other drink recipes to try:
Gochujang is a Korean hot chili paste made from red chili powder, rice powder, powdered fermented soybeans and salt. It is finding its way into Canadian kitchens. Combined with the super-nutritious greens that boost brain and body, from kale, mint, and parsley loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to green tea and watermelon that help to lower risk for heart disease and cancer, and the creaminess of avocado, this “smoothie” will jump start any detox program! And, it’s satisfying, so it helps curb hunger.
- 3 cups (750 mL) watermelon cubes
- 1/4 cup (60 mL) fresh parsley
- 2 cups (500 mL) packed kale
- 1/4 cup (60 mL) fresh mint leaves
- 2 tsp (10 mL) green tea powder
- 2 tsp (10 mL) gochujang paste
- 3 tbsp (45 mL) pineapple juice concentrate (optional) or 1/2 cup of fresh pineapple
- 1/2 avocado, peeled and pitted
- Place all ingredients in a blender, with watermelon on the bottom. Start blending slowly until watermelon is liquefied, then increase speed. Blend for 1 to 2 minutes.
Per Serving: 151 Calories, 5.5 g Total Fat, 0 g Saturated Fat, 0.8 Trans Fat, 131 mg
Sodium, 24.4 g Carbohydrate, 6.4 g Fibre, 13.6 g Sugars, 5.2 g Protein
Recipe provided by: watermelon.org
Martha P. Tarazona-Díaz, Fernando Alacid, María Carrasco, Ignacio Martínez, and Encarna Aguayo. “Watermelon Juice: Potential Functional Drink for Sore Muscle Relief in Athletes.” Journal of Agricutural and Food Chemistry, July 17, 2013. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf400964r
R. Andrew Shanely, David C. Nieman, Amy M. Knab, Penelope Perkins-Veazie, Dru Henson, Lynn Cialdella-Kam, Wei Sha and Mary Pat Meaney. “Comparison of Watermelon and Carbohydrate Beverage on Exercise-Induced Oxidative Stress, Inflammation, and Immune Dysfunction, and Augmentation Index.” The Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, April 2013.
Arturo Figueroa, Alexei Wong and Roy Kalfon. “Effects of Watermelon Supplementation on Aortic Hemodynamic Responses to the Cold Pressor Test in Obese Hypertensive Adults.” American Journal of Hypertension, February 26, 2014. http://ajh.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2014/02/25/ajh.hpt295.abstract