Smoothies

Hello, June! Watermelon, Mint & Chia Cooler

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Summer is practically here with the arrival of June, and so is that deliciously blistering heat we often crave during long winter months. Or is it? Depends on the day, I guess. We’ve had a really fickle, often beguiling spring. But whenever the mercury rises and you’re thinking about a cool, refreshing (add healthy to that) drink- this is your go to concoction. Watermelon is absolutely perfect for summer drinks, despite most of us thinking it’s a fruit- it’s actually a vegetable. Yes, and it’s closely related to cucumbers, which like watermelons, are really high in their water content and low in calories.

In Middle Eastern countries, watermelon is often paired with savory feta cheese and garnished with mint! This is where I drew inspiration for adding mint to this drink, sans the cheese, of course. But the pairing I described is actually one of the most delicious salads I have ever tried. Just watermelon, feta cheese, mint and a drizzle of virgin olive oil. It’s like being back in my grandmother’s kitchen circa 1990. Not a bad place to be, I’ll tell you that.

Watermelon is also really high in lycopene, which is amazing for cardiovascular health and aids in neutralizing free radicals. Free radicals are what scientists often describe as cancer causing agents. In simple terms, watermelon is packed with far more nutrients and antioxidants than one might ever gauge or think! I hope you enjoy this drink, it tastes good and is also good for you! Simple, wholesome ingredients at their best.

Makes 1 Large Glass- You Will Need:

  • 1.5 cups of of watermelon chunks
  • 1 cup of coconut water OR water
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
  • 1 handful of mint leaves, leave a few for garnish

Blend on high until desired consistency is obtained. Since watermelon is almost entirely composed of water, less than 10 seconds usually does the trick. For a frothy-like texture, substitute the cup of water for a cup of ice and blend a little longer, at least 30 seconds. I like to let chia seeds soak in water for at least 20 minutes before I consume them to give them a chance to expand. They are an excellent source of protein and fibre, and they don’t alter the taste of the beverage, they simply change the texture of the drink.

Optional

  • If you manage to find perfectly ripe and sweet watermelon, you won’t need any sweeteners. But if you don’t, or can’t- don’t panic… honey will always save the day when it comes to insipid watermelon. 1 tablespoon of raw honey will usually do the trick and tastes well with this mix.