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Summer Watermelon Smoothie


Want a refreshing, vitamin-packed smoothie that doubles as a kid-pleasing snack? This watermelon smoothie is a cool and sweet thirst quencher that you’ll be sipping on as we enjoy these last few hot days of summer.

I still can’t wrap my brain around the fact that summer is over and school is back in session. This entire year has thrown me, and I’m sure you too. As much as we cannot control this pandemic, we can control what we put in our bodies. And the now more than ever we need plants— loaded with immune boosting vitamins and minerals.

Plant-based ingredients in a watermelon smoothie

This watermelon smoothie recipe is a great one for a hot day. Packed with watermelon, cherries and strawberries, this quintessential summer smoothie is quick and easy to make and perfect for freezing as popsicles. With just four simple ingredients, you’re on your way to an invigorating, naturally-sweetened, healthy summer treat.

How to make a watermelon smoothie

All you need to make this smoothie is a blender. Toss all the ingredients into it and blend until smooth. You can add filtered water or coconut water for a thinner consistency if you want it to be more like a juice.

Blender filled with watermelon, cherries, strawberries and lime for smoothie

Health benefits of a watermelon smoothie

Watermelon

Watermelon has a high water content, so it’s the perfect fruit for hydration. All that water doesn’t mean it’s lacking in powerful antioxidants. Watermelon actually has about 40% more lycopene than raw tomatoes. Lycopene can help curb your risk of cancer and heart disease, and offers some protective effects against damaging UV rays.

Strawberries

Strawberries add filling fiber to this watermelon smoothie as well as vitamin C, and other beneficial antioxidants. Blood sugar regulation, reducing heart disease risk and boosting immunity are just some of the health benefits of adding strawberries to your diet.

Cherries

Cherries are also high in fiber and loaded with antioxidants. These powerful antioxidants may protect against cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Anti-inflammatory compounds in cherries may help reduce muscle pain and damage.

Healthy benefits of a watermelon smoothie include better digestion and skin.

Can I freeze watermelon for a smoothie?

Yes, you can freeze watermelon! Cut the watermelon into cubes or scoop out the flesh with a melon baller. Place the cubes in a resealable freezer bag and lay the bag on its side in the freezer. Check out our smoothie prep ahead article for even more time-saving tips.

Serve with watermelon wedges for fun with this summer smoothie recipe.

What goes well with watermelon in a smoothie?

Aside from the strawberries and cherries in this smoothie, here are some other delicious taste pairings that work well with watermelon: blackberries, blueberries, peaches, lemon, lime, mango, pineapple, cucumber, mint and coconut water.

watermelon smoothie recipe in a kitchen

5 Watermelon Smoothie Tips

  1. Since watermelon is over 90% water by weight, you don’t need to add any extra liquid or ice to this smoothie.
  2. Use seedless watermelon for this recipe. No need to spend all day picking out watermelon seeds!
  3. Using frozen cherries and frozen strawberries rather than fresh yields a cool and frosty drink. If using fresh, add ice cubes to the blender.
  4. Serve this smoothie  immediately after making. The longer it sits, the watermelon separates from the other ingredients.
  5. Want popsicles? Freeze the smoothie in freezer pop molds to make homemade popsicles for the kids.
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Summer Watermelon Smoothie

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 smoothies 1x
  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Want a refreshing, vitamin-packed smoothie that doubles as a kid-pleasing snack? This watermelon smoothie is a cool and sweet thirst quencher that you’ll be sipping on all summer long.


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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup cherries, frozen
  • 2 cups watermelon, chopped
  • 1/4 cup strawberries, frozen
  • ½ lime, peeled
  • Sprinkle chia seeds on top

Instructions

  1. Add watermelon, strawberries, cherries and lime juice to the blender.
  2. Blend on high speed until nice and smooth.
  3. Pour into cups and sprinkle with chia seeds on top.

Keywords: watermelon smoothie, summer smoothie, watermelon shake

Tags: , , ,    /   Categories: Recipes, Smoothies 

By: Jen Hansard | Updated: 8.23.2020 | COMMENTS: 6

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  1. Karen says:

    Hi Jen! Same temps here in AZ. Running out to buy a watermelon right now!! This smoothie is just what we need. Yum!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hope you loved it, Karen! Such a delicious + healthy way to stay cool in the hot summer temps!

  2. Olivia says:

    So refreshing! It’s been hot, and this hits the spot

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Olivia,

      Did you know that watermelon also helps protect your skin from the sun? So this smoothie is perfect when you’re out trying to beat the heat!

  3. Erin says:

    I’m not a watermelon fan, but I think I’ll make this recipe as popsicles for my daughter. She’ll love them!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Yes!! I use our popsicle sleeves and it’s a perfect summer treat without worrying about added sugar or ingredients you can’t pronounce!

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