Packed with good-for-you nutrients and hydrating benefits, watermelon is a healthy thirst quencher for summer. So it’s only fitting to combine it with other fresh fruits to make a thick and creamy beverage to enjoy for a quick breakfast or snack. In fact, the only thing better than eating fresh watermelon is slurping a chilled version through a straw on a hot summer day. Not to mention, it’s a delicious way to use up that surplus of melon. When life, or in this case the farmers’ market, gives you excess watermelon this season, blend it to make a healthy smoothie. All you need are five simple ingredients and a blender, and you’re well on your way to a refreshing drink to gulp down this summer. This easy recipe calls for watermelon juice, which can be blended from fresh watermelon, or you can purchase watermelon juice in the bottle. Our personal favorite is TSamma, found a most Fresh Market stores. Whole Foods typically stocks healthy watermelon juices, too. However, we suggest using fresh watermelon because bottled juice can contain added sugar. No need for a fancy juicer here. Simply, scoop enough chunks of watermelon to make the suggested amount, place the pieces into the blender, and blend for about 30 seconds until smooth. Once you have your two cups of juice, combine it with fresh strawberries, plain yogurt, honey, and ice in the blender, and process the mixture until completely smooth. The combination of strawberries and honey adds even more sweetness to the recipe. The great thing about this smoothie is that you don’t have to add more water because of this melon’s high-water content. The yogurt is what gives this smoothie its creamy texture. Feel free to substitute other seasonal berries when you don't have fresh strawberries on hand. Now, drink up!
2 cups fresh watermelon juice
1 cup fresh strawberries, hulled
1 cup ice
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 tablespoon honey
How to Make It
Process all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour evenly into 4 glasses. Serve immediately.