I’ve been eating so much watermelon lately! I can’t help it, it’s just so delicious and hydrating. Today I’m sharing a simple juice recipe that involves a whole lotta watermelon — and all you need are 4 ingredients; watermelon, cucumber, limes and mint! I’ve also been catching a lot of hot yoga classes lately, and indulging in a big glass of this juice after practice to rehydrate and help detoxify. Also, how gorgeous is this colour combination?
It’s a myth that watermelons are just sugar and water — they’re actually quite a nutrient dense food, providing a high amount of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants for a low amount of calories. They do also contain a really high amount of water (about 92%), so it’s the perfect fruit to eat or juice when you need a lot of hydration.
I love combining watermelon with fresh mint for a cooling, refreshing treat. Mint is a little powerhouse — it has one of the highest antioxidant capacities of any food. Cucumbers add some protein to this juice, along with lots of B vitamins, fibre and water — which are all necessary for healthy digestion and detoxification. To finish things off, I add some fresh lime to the juice to liven it up and enhance the other flavours. The subtle addition of citrus balances the sweetness of the juice and adds a healthy dose of vitamin C.
DETOXIFYING WATERMELON MINT LIMEADE
Yield: 24 oz (3 cups)
• 6 cups watermelon
• Half an English cucumber
• 2 limes
• 8 mint leaves
* Organic produce is preferable
Start with chilled produce. Chop all ingredients into 1″ pieces and add them one at a time to your Hurom Slow Juicer (or similar), starting with an ingredient that isn’t as juicy (like mint), and alternating with an ingredient that makes lots of juice (like watermelon). This will ensure that the juicy ingredients flush the not-so-juicy ingredients through the juicer and you’ll get more of them in your cup!
Serve over ice, and garnish with a slice of lime or a sprig of mint, and enjoy!
If detoxification isn’t your thing, this juice also makes a delicious summer cocktail when mixed with vodka! Just add crushed ice and vodka to a martini shaker, pour in your fresh juice, shake, strain and serve in a martini glass.
What are your favourite juice recipes? Feel free to leave me your favourite combos in the comments, I’d love to hear from you! And if you try my Detoxifying Watermelon Mint Limeade (or a watermelon martini!), let me know how you like it.
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