During the Summertime, I like to make cold beverages using Watermelon because the melon contains a high concentrate of Lycopene, a natural antioxidant that may help to reduce the risk of bladder, cervix, lung and skin cancers.
Adding it to your diet is really easy. Use it as a snack, an appetizer or incorporate it into your summertime beverages. Since Watermelon is fat-free and low in calories, it makes it an ideal food for those who are watching their weight.
1. The majority of weight in the melon is comprised of water, about 92%.
2. The rind is also edible. Trying using it as a vegetable in a stir-fry dish.
3. Red flesh of the melon is high in beta carotene and it’s a significant source of lycopene.
Here are 3 beverage recipes that you can make that use fresh watermelon.
Watermelon Citrus Cooler
6 bamboo skewers
3 cups watermelon juice
2 cups grapefruit juice
1 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
Thread watermelon balls on to the skewers. Freeze. In a large beverage pitcher, blend watermelon, grapefruit and orange juice with sugar until completely dissolved. Chill for 1 hour. Place frozen watermelon ball skewer in each glass. Fill with melon juice and serve. Makes 6 servings.
1/2 large watermelon
36 oz. Ginger ale
1 (12 oz.) can frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
fresh lemon or lime slices
Remove seeds and rinds from melon and cut into bite-size chunks. Combine melon, limeade and Ginger ale in a blender container. Freeze for 3 hours. Thaw partially to serve. Spoon into tall chilled glasses and garnish with lime or lemon slices. Makes 1 gallon.
2 cups seeded watermelon chunks
1 cup crushed ice
1/2 cup plain yogurt
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon almond extract
Whip together the ingredients in a blender container until smooth. Serve immediately in chilled glasses. Makes 3 servings.