This week I got a watermelon, a beautiful one grown on Walchli Farms in Oregon and was so excited because they always have the best melons, dreaming of red watermelon flesh dripping with sweet juice. Well, gravity ushered in other plans as she often does...the watermelon rolled off the counter and landed hard on the hard, ceramic floor, it’s beautiful juice leaking all over the floor, the flesh mushy and crumbly. So, in the spirit of making lemonade out of lemons, my boys grabbed hold of their inner chefs and inner magic makers and began exploring the watermelon, scooping it with a spoon and making smoothies and watermelon juice, freezing some for later.
Watermelon is not just a fun and refreshing summer delight, it is a medicinal food. The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that watermelon helps our muscles recover after exercise- both in terms of muscle soreness and the recovery of our heart rate. It also boosts your antioxidant levels, protecting our cells from damage, and helps reduce blood pressure.
So, after a day of playing hard, enjoying a slice of an iconic summer delight is good for the body and spirit, helping you recover and enhancing your sense of pleasure and delight.
Our smoothie recipe- amounts are approximate
Watermelon chunks- 2 cups
½ cup frozen strawberries
½ cup of yogurt (optional)
¼ cup of orange juice - more or less depending on how juicy your watermelon is
A Couple mint leaves
Blend up in the blender and enjoy. This is also delicious poured into reusable silicon smoothie or popsicle molds and frozen.