Watermelon Smoothies – Delicious and SO Refreshing!
If you’ve been to this site before, you probably already know that I’m a big fan of Green Smoothies – I’ve been having them for breakfast pretty much every day for the past several years. For a long time, I pretty much settled on one recipe that I had all the time. But the past several months I’ve been playing with variations. This morning I found myself looking at a watermelon that we bought about a week ago. Hmm – what might a smoothie taste like that started with watermelon? I tried it out, and the answer is – AMAZING! I love the flavor of watermelon anyway, and it really comes through in the smoothie I created. As it happens, this smoothie is also a wonderful detoxifying drink, which makes it perfect to kick off the three day raw detox I’m starting this morning.
Refreshing Watermelon Smoothie Recipe (serves 2) :
- 3 cups water
- 150 grams of fresh kale
- 400 grams of watermelon (not the rind)
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen mixed berries (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries)
- 6 frozen strawberries
Add watermelon and kale to water, blend til totally broken down (10-20 seconds in a Vitamix). Add frozen fruits, blend again til smooth. Pour equally into two bottles. Note: you can replace the kale with parsley, spinach, chard, or other dark leafy greens. Try it and see what you like.
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Nutritional breakdown (per serving) [nutritiondata.com]
This food is low in Sodium, and very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin B6, Potassium and Copper, and a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Manganese
- glycemic load ~15 (very low – that’s good!)
- inflammation factor ~248 (very high – that’s good too!)
- calories 200
- fat 1 grams
- protein 5 grams
- dietary fiber 8 grams
- Vitamin A 256% DV
- Vitamin C 234% DV
- Vitamin K 784% DV
- Thiamin 13% DV
- Riboflavin 13% DV
- Niacin 11% DV
- Vitamin B6 28% DV
- Folate 15% DV
- Calcium 15% DV
- Iron 14% DV
- Magnesium 20% DV
- Phosphorus 10% DV
- Potassium 26% DV
- Copper 24% DV
- Manganese 68% DV
- Phytosterols ~13mg
Bonus – watermelon contains high levels of lycopene – an antioxidant that may help the body fight cancer and prevent disease; kale contains the glucosinolate isothiocyanate (ITC), and the flavonoids kaempferol and quercitin – all of which have been effective in cancer prevention.
Are you a smoothie-lover?
Have you tried adding leafy greens to your smoothies?
Do you want the benefits of a detox, without having to live on lemon juice and maple syrup?
What’s your favorite smoothie recipe?