Watermelon Coconut Lime Summer Slushy Refresher
Watermelon coconut lime slushies are the absolute best thing on a hot summers day. And even if you’re not in a hot climate, have this post-workout and you won’t believe how refreshed it makes you feel! The recipe is super easy to make with very little ingredients. So, the temperature gets hot, the humidity increases, and all you want to do is lay out by the pool. Nothing hits the spot quite like a cool and refreshing slushy!
I will keep this post short so that you can get straight to the recipe, however, it’s worth noting the amazing health benefits. Watermelon, coconut and lime are all really healthy fruits that we need to incorporate into our diets. The lycopene from the watermelon, the healthy fats from the coconut and the vitamin C from the lime, makes an ideal post-recovery drink and keeps you cool and hydrated.
Watermelon Is A Must-Have Fruit
To be honest, watermelon is a fruit that so many people forget about, simply because they occupy a lot of space and you don’t really know what to do with them. They are also quite large. The thing is that it’s a missed opportunity, simply because they’re so versatile and satisfying! If you make an effort to chop it up beforehand and keep it in some Tupperware in the fridge or freezer you can have it whenever.
I like to have watermelon on hot days, after a workout, on top of my oatmeal, in smoothies, relaxing by the pool, in a bowl with yogurt and even as a slushy! Honestly, it’s the best. So be sure to grab one large watermelon at your local vegetable store.
Packed With Lycopene
Don’t you just love the color of watermelon? It’s got a bright cherry red color that looks really juicy and sweet! This pigment comes from lycopene, which is an antioxidant. Studies show it may help curb your risk of cancer and diabetes as part of a healthy lifestyle. Apparently, this fruit has more lycopene in it than any other vegetable or fruit, yes, even tomatoes.
Therefore, it’s your best bet to choose a watermelon with bright red flesh rather than yellow or orange. In fact, the riper, the better and the seedless variations tend to have more lycopene than those with seeds. At the same time, you’ll also be lowering your blood pressure because the heart also enjoys benefits from all the lycopene watermelon contains. Studies show that it may lower your risk of heart attacks.
Living in a sunny climate?
Then, watermelon can potentially also act as a shield for your skin. Interestingly, eating watermelon can protect your skin from getting sunburned. This isn’t a proven fact, so keep using your broad-spectrum sunscreen. You will also be doing your eyes and skin big favors, because of all the vitamin A it contains and will be improving your joint health from the cryptoxanthin, which prevents you from developing arthritis.
I love this fruit because it’s a super easy and sweet way to stay hydrated, since it contains 92% water! As I said high water content, antioxidants, and amino acids may make for a better workout. It’s also high in potassium, a mineral that could cut down on cramps at the gym. You can sip watermelon juice after you sweat, too. Doing so could help prevent muscle soreness, as long as you don’t push yourself too hard.
As I said, it is an excellent post-workout fruit. This is because watermelon has high water content, antioxidants, and amino acids that may make for a better workout. It’s also high in potassium, a mineral that could cut down on cramps at the gym. You can sip watermelon juice after you sweat, too. Doing so could help prevent muscle soreness, as long as you don’t push yourself too hard.
The Amazing Slushy Recipe
Okay, let’s get to the best part!
This recipe only needs three ingredients and a blender! You will need some frozen watermelon to create a slushy base, light coconut milk complements for creamy texture and flavor. Lastly, you will need fresh lime juice to give the drink some tang to balance the sweetness.
- 1 small seedless watermelon (cubed)
- 4 cups frozen watermelon (3/4-1 small one that’s seedless will makes about 4 cups or 616 g)
- 1 medium lime (juiced)
- 1/3 cup coconut milk
- 1/2 cup watermelon juice (plus more to ease blending)
- 1 pinch sea salt (optional)
- Extra ice if you want it super cold!
- Halve a ripe seedless watermelon and scoop out rounded tablespoon amounts (or cube with a knife). Place into a container or on a tray and freeze. It needs at least 3 hours or so to freeze properly.
- You need to leave some fruit behind so that you can create some liquid to blend with.
- If you don’t enjoy the pulp of the watermelon, then you can strain it for a smoother juicy liquid, but I enjoy the fiber and slushiness of it!
- Once watermelon is frozen, add 4 cups of frozen melon, the coconut milk, lime juice, and melon juice to a blender and blend on low until creamy and smooth. You will need to scrape down the sides and blend on low to encourage it along. If it has trouble blending, add a bit more watermelon juice, but not too much or it will become too thin.
Once the slushie is blended and smooth, taste and adjust flavor as needed. You can also add more coconut milk for creaminess, lime for brightness, a pinch of salt to enhance sweetness, or sweetener of choice to sweeten. Blend and taste again until you’ve got the perfect combo!
Now you can serve your delicious slushy in the watermelon rind or in a glass and garnish with a lime wedge! This recipe serves 2 generously. It’s best served fresh and you can always freeze it if there is leftovers!
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As we headstrong into the new year, health becomes one of our top priorities. But why? Is it because you want to lose some weight or gain more muscle? I really hope this isn’t your only reason.