Recipe: Watermelon-Mint Slushie

I know...summer is almost over.  But that doesn't mean that you can't indulge in one of my favorite foods ever for one last time before the leaves start changing color.  Hurry--watermelon won't be available or as delicious for much longer!

Anyone who knows me knows that I love watermelon so much that during the summer I can usually down a whole watermelon by myself in a couple days (not generally recommended!).  One summer I actually tried to grow watermelon in my home garden and grew a few soccer ball sized melons (see above picture).  Up until about a week ago I considered myself to be a "watermelon purist."  This to me means that I would only eat watermelon in its pure form, and not in salads, juices, etc.   I will admit that I am a bit obsessive when it comes to this matter.  HOWEVER, about a week ago I made and tried a watermelon "salad" and just a few days ago I made a watermelon-mint slushie, both of which were amazing.

Here are some quick facts about watermelon:
  • About 50 calories per cup of watermelon
  • Most of the calories comes from carbohydrates, but watermelon is about 90% water which is the reason why it is relatively low in calories.  This makes it a good substitute for those with a sweet tooth.
  • Watermelon is a good source of vitamins A and C, and also lycopene (also found in tomato)
  • Watermelon has a diuretic effect and the rind contains components that lead to blood vessel dilation, which has led to some preliminary research on its ability to lower blood pressure and improve erectile dysfunction.
Here is the recipe for the watermelon slushie, something quick and easy for the last days of heat this summer.

Enjoy!


Ingredients:
  1. 1.5 cups of watermelon
  2. 4 ice cubes
  3. 3 fresh mint leaves
Directions:
  • First, place ice cubes in blender (this allows the ice to be crushed first, and prevents the watermelon from being completely pulverized)
  • Place watermelon and mint leaves into blender
  • Pulse for a few seconds, until desired consistency
  • Serve in a cup and enjoy!
All the best,
Christine



References:
First photo taken from www.corbisimages.com

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