Watermelon Lemonade

by Susan on June 24, 2009

Watermelon is one of my favorite summer foods. I try to create as many raw food recipes with it as I can. Especially when they are local. Refreshing, filling and a lovely summertime dessert with it’s slightly sweet flavor! The pink, greatly hydrated flesh of the watermelon is very nutrient packed. It is the perfect alternative for summer energy drinks that are packed with processed sugar and chemicals.

Watermelon LemonadeWatermelon 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.

One of my favorite ways to enjoy watermelon (besides just attacking it with a fork) is to make watermelon lemonade. It is a great way to concentrate all of the wonderful nutritious elements into a great, refreshing summer time drink.

Watermelon Lemonade

  • 4 C watermelon
  • Juice from 2 Lemons
  • Agave to taste (or other liquid sweetener of choice)

Place watermelon and lemon juice in blender, blend. Add agave to taste.

The lemons add another health factor with their ability to be a powerful antibacterial.

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Mary June 24, 2009 at 12:51 pm

This drink looks soooooo good I am thirsty just looking at the picutre. Wish I had some watermelon. Hah! The site is gorgeous and I think the green print is okay. A bit light maybe, but readable.

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june smith-lamb June 25, 2009 at 10:29 am

i just read this recipe and saw that it contains more lycopene that tomateos i have recently been diagnosed with bone cancer and lycopene is a good combatant to cancer so thank you for another healthly variaty of diet for me with my fight against cancer was getting sick of tomateos anyway

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Susan June 26, 2009 at 4:42 pm

Sending you tons of love and healthy energy!

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Joanna Rawvelous June 25, 2009 at 6:38 pm

Ooh la la… Can’t wait to get me some lemons and try this baby out!!!

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Nathalie Lussier, The Raw Foods Witch June 29, 2009 at 8:54 am

Ohmygosh I love the new web site! I just wanted to come here and gush all over. :)

Oh, and this recipe is awesome! I usually make something similar with watermelon, because it’s so easy and refreshing in the summer.

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Michal June 30, 2009 at 3:36 pm

boy does this drink look tasty. i just love watermelon its so crisp and refreshing especially on a summer day. The new site looks great!

Michal

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Lee July 1, 2009 at 8:41 am

This looks terrific, I can’t wait to start seeing some local watermelons!

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Caleb July 4, 2009 at 2:14 pm

Just made this and it is amazing. I’m about to go get some more lemons and make a large batch to bring to this 4th of July party this evening!

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jT. July 7, 2009 at 8:17 am

I <3 watermelon especially yellow meat watermelon–so tasty.

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T.Mcdowell July 10, 2009 at 11:56 am

I will definetly try this one out.

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Swayze July 15, 2009 at 8:41 am

Yum, that sounds great!

Another great drink…blended grapes! Sounds weird, but it’s really tasty. :)

Swayze

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pamela wilson May 6, 2010 at 10:35 am

Just made this drink and i am sold on it … It is so good…

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Ellen June 11, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Oh, Yay!

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R Baird July 19, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Yum!!!!!!! Made it right away ….. it is so delicous!!!!!Very summertime light and refreshing!!!

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Ali Rosselot June 13, 2011 at 10:14 am

Would adding Stevia leaves work as a sweetner?

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Lindsay July 9, 2011 at 8:48 pm

I love this drink. I am drinking it right now as I am typing this! I had 3 huge tupperware containers full of watermelon…and now I am down to 2. I will make again…probably tomorrow! Thanks! Oh, and mine didn’t need any sweetner…the watermelon was sweet enough! :)

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Kelly August 15, 2011 at 12:19 pm

We made this only substituted the lemons for limes and added strawberries. Wonderful drink and great Popsicle. YUM!!!!

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Lori September 8, 2011 at 6:50 pm

My husband is a Naturopathic doctor and in one of his natural health care journals there was a long article about Agave. According to them it is HIGHLY processed and is almost as bad as high fructose corn syrup. I see that quite a few of your recipes have it in them. Is there an alternative to it? What is your opinion on Stevia?

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Susan September 8, 2011 at 9:57 pm

There are agave brands that are not highly processed, are raw and organic. You can read here: http://www.rawmazing.com/agave-hero-or-villain/

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Victoria March 12, 2012 at 11:45 pm

O-M-Gee I have a ripe watermelon, lemon and Agave! Can’t wait to make this for tomorrow!

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dewinter ana August 15, 2012 at 4:03 pm

dear Susan,

What do you mean by ‘agave’?
Is it the fruit or the syrup? I only know agavesyrup, but that is the same as sugar.

Thanks,
Ana

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Susan August 15, 2012 at 4:05 pm

It is always agave nectar. I don’t even know if you can buy the cactus… Cheers!

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Maggie Carey May 18, 2013 at 1:02 am

Just made this and added abou 5 mint leaves. Absolutely heavenly. Can’t get anything more refreshing than that!
Thanks!

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Maggie Carey May 18, 2013 at 1:04 am

Oh btw, I froze some melon and added it so it was nice and cold. I did have to add a half a cup of water to get it to blend but tastes great and didn’t add any extra sugar, the melon was super sweet.

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Jo Flemings July 3, 2013 at 7:20 pm

I love this drink but with lime, instead of lemon! Best summer breakfast or refresher!

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Kai October 23, 2013 at 4:54 pm

I just made this and its so tasty, and yes i agree with Lori about agave. I used coconut syrup and would also use stevia but didnt have any on hand. But so gonna use this to the full in the summer months. Love your site.

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Emily May 27, 2014 at 1:25 pm

I’m sorry if I seem ignorant, but what does 4 C Watermelon mean? Does the C mean cups?

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Susan May 29, 2014 at 5:24 pm

Emily, yes…C is a standard abbreviation for cups. Cheers!

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