Watermelon Lemonade

I do not think any summer drink is more refreshing than lemonade, and although I do enjoy it myself, I prefer to make my own at home so I can avoid store bought ones that are sweetened with a boat load of refined sugar or artificial sweeteners. I was making lemonade one day this summer and realized that I had one very ripe watermelon that needed to be eaten quickly or it might spoil. I decided to combine the watermelon flesh with my lemonade and pureed it until it was smooth. I prefer natural sweeteners, so I added some liquid honey just to tame the lemon just a bit, and then served it in glasses mixed with sparkling water. The drink turned out so well that I made it often throughout the summer and thoroughly enjoyed the combination of watermelon and lemon. I prefer my lemonade pretty tart, so you may want to add more honey than I do. Just play around with the quantities until you end of with your personal preference.

 
Why Healthy

  • Watermelon is packed with some of the most important antioxidants, is an excellent source of vitamin C and a very good source of vitamin A, notably through its concentration of beta-carotene. Watermelon is also a source of the potent carotenoid antioxidant, lycopene.
  • Honey, a natural sweetener is used rather than refined sugar or artificial sweeteners.

 

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Watermelon Lemonade

Watermelon adds a twist to traditional lemonade in this refreshing recipe.

Yield: Serves 16

Prep Time: 10 mins

Ingredients:

6 Cups Seedless, Rindless, Watermelon Chunks
1 Cup Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
1/2 Cup Or More Organic Liquid Honey (Approximate - See Note Above)
Crushed Ice
Sparkling Water

Directions:

Place the watermelon and lemon juice in a blender and pulse until smooth.
Add just enough honey to create the flavor you prefer.
Fill glasses half way with crushed ice, then add half sparkling water and half lemonade mixture.
Mix well and serve immediately.

 

One Response to “12 Tips For Sensational Healthy Smoothies”

  1. Michelle — February 14, 2013 @ 7:38 pm

    Excellent article, I love smoothies, too, and they are a really good way to get my kids to eat healthy things that they wouldn’t otherwise. Heading over to check out your banana oat smoothie!

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