Back in the summer of 2009, I posted a recipe for one of my favorite summer drinks. Watermelon Lemonade. There are quite a few health benefits to this amazing, flavorful drink and it is very quick to make and is a great nutritious addition to your raw food diet!
Watermelon is packed with antioxidants. A great source of vitamin C and also A (from it’s beta carotene) it is also rich in B6, B1 and magnesium which are needed for energy production. It has almost a 90% water content and is considered to be more nutritious than other fruits.
Watermelon is also a great source of lycopene, which is a potent carotene antioxidant. These antioxidants neutralize free radicals, which can cause much damage to us. It contains higher amounts of lycopene than any other fruit or vegetable including tomatoes. In fact, it has 40% more lycopene than tomatoes!
Watermelon is rich in electrolytes sodium and potassium and has a cooling effect on the body. It is no wonder that we find ourselves reaching for a piece on those hot summer days! Who knew it was biological? Watermelon is fat free but great for energy production. It is also more effective that carrots for protection against macular degeneration.
For this revised version of the recipe, I threw in a handful of strawberries. Oooo la la!
Strawberry Watermelon Lemonade
- 8 cups watermelon
- 4 lemons, juice from
- 1 cup strawberries
- agave (to taste, you will probably not need it if your fruit is ripe)
1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
For a great treat, freeze some in ice cube trays and use instead of ice to cool down your drink without diluting it!