June 16, 2018

Strawberry-Lime Watermelon Slush

This watermelon slush is the BEST summertime refreshment drink! All it takes is three simple, healthy ingredients... naturally sweetened with no refined sugar!

I walked into our food co-op the other day to find myself swimming in a sea of giant watermelons. (Melon heaven!) Which of course means one thing: summer is officially here! 🍉 My 5 year old daughter is obsessed with watermelon, and given my recent acquirement of said giant melon I wanted a fresh new way to enjoy it instead of the usual plain chunks or shapes. She's a big fan of tangy lemon/lime flavor and of course strawberries so it seemed like a perfect match. When I was a kid, slushies were my go-to choice on a hot summer day when we rode our bikes down to the ice cream shop... it always felt like the ultimate refreshment!

 And c'mon... this color?! Can we take a moment to appreciate how awesome nature is for providing us with actual HOT PINK food? I'm thinking these would make some pretty rad frozen fruit pops as well! Would love to hear if you give it a try. See the notes below the recipe for some additional tips/variations. Happy summer friends! 😎

Quick note: in my experience, there's a big difference in the quality/taste between organic non-GMO vs. conventional produce (in addition to the environmental & health benefits). If it's available in your area, I highly recommend buying organic when possible. Especially for this drink when ripe, sweet, flavorful melons & berries can make all the difference!

Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free
Makes 1 large or 2 small slushes

2 cups seedless watermelon (frozen)
1 heaping cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice (about 1 juicy lime)
Optional: 1-2 tsp. coconut sugar or agave to sweeten, fresh mint or basil, ice cubes

Cube watermelon and place in freezer for at least an hour or two.*
When ready to make, rinse and hull the strawberries.
Place frozen watermelon, strawberries, and fresh lime juice in blender.
Blend until slushy and serve immediately.

Freezing watermelon: I set the melon cubes on a baking sheet (or shallow non-glass bowl) to freeze. They fully freeze after about 2-3 hours and become very hard. If you freeze them in a bowl, the cubes will be stuck together (and often to the bowl!) so just let thaw for 15-20 minutes before using.
If freezing a big batch of watermelon, it's sometimes easier to freeze them in a single file on a baking sheet first, then once they fully freeze to place them in a storage container for longer-term.
If your blender isn't very strong, only freeze the watermelon for about 60-90 minutes or let thaw a bit before blending.

Try this with lemon juice instead of lime (or a combo!)
If using fresh strawberries, you may want a few ice cubes to keep it extra "slushy", or you could freeze your hulled strawberries with the watermelon if you'd like.
Depending on how sweet your watermelon & strawberries are, you may need some extra sweetener to taste - agave, coconut sugar, etc.
Adult readers 21+ feel free to add some spirits to this drink... you know, if that's your thing ;)

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Other summer favorites!!
Ultimate Greek Chopped Salad
Come join The Garden Grazer on Instagram 🍓 and share a pic if you make this! (Seeing happy hot pink goodness makes me smile.)

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