Summer Watermelon Thirst Quencher

   

  

Last weekend I was relaxing at my family’s home and I’ll be honest I wanted to feel like I was on vacation somewhere tropical. Fortunately, the summer weather in Canada has been great but I wanted something to remind me of my trip to Southeast Asia a couple years ago. People on the islands in Thailand were frequently drinking coconut water from a straw, straight from the source. I wanted some of this in my life. It’s a little slice of heaven.

Unfortunately, it’s not so easy to find unripe green coconuts to drink out of in Canada. I decided to make a little hybrid concoction that turned out to be AMAZING. I used only a few simple ingredients to make this extremely easy recipe that is perfect for the patio in the summer…

 

Summer Watermelon Thirst Quencher

Ingredients:

  • 1 small watermelon
  • 1+1/4 cups coconut water
  • 2 cups ice
  • 20 drops of liquid stevia extract

method of preparation:

Cut the watermelon in half. Scoop the fruit into your blender. Add the coconut water and ice. Blend all together. Add in the liquid stevia extract. This step is optional; I wanted a bit more sweetness in the drink and this did the trick for me. Pour the drink into your watermelon shells and add in a fun straw. Pour the remainder into a pitcher and save for later. You now have a great summer drink that is sure to please not only yourself, but any guests you may have over! A nice side bonus is that you can add in other choice beverages to this concoction depending on what kind of event you may be hosting. ;)

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Why your body will thank you for drinking this

It has…

Coconut Water: This beverage has been getting a lot of media attention lately and there are a few key reasons why it lives up to its hype. Coconut water is nature’ s perfect sports drink. The electrolyte content is extremely close to that of the blood and is very restorative after bouts of intense exercise for prolonged periods of time.  Coconut water is also very high in potassium. A serving of coconut water has 150% the potassium content you would find in a banana. Not bad at all.

Watermelon: One of the most beloved summer fruits, watermelon surprisingly holds its own nutrient-wise. It has a good amount of both vitamin C and beta-carotene (the pre-cursor to Vitamin A). The beautiful red colour in watermelon signifies a high amount of the antioxidant lycopene that made tomatoes (and sadly ketchup) famous for a while. Studies have shown that lycopene is protective against several different forms of cancer. Watermelon also has good amounts of potassium; when paired with coconut water you’re creating an excellent hydrating drink for the summer!

 

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