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WATERMELON & MINT JUICE

Summer is here in full force and what is better than a cold glass of watermelon juice on a hot day? It’s sweet, it’s refreshing and it’s summer in a glass! And it just takes minutes to make.

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Growing up, I have fond memories of eating watermelon slices with my family. It was the perfect treat on a brutally hot summer day and there was no fruit that quite quenched my thirst the same way. When I was older, watermelon fell off my plate because I was worried about all the sugar in it and the high glycemic index. Well folks, you really don’t have much to worry about. Yes there is some sugar in watermelon, but sugar in fruit isn’t going to harm you if it’s part of a well balanced diet (more on this in a future post 😉 ). Also, the high glycemic index of watermelon isn’t something to stress about. While the glycemic index is high, watermelon actually has a low glycemic load. In other words, you would have to eat a lot of watermelon for it to have a big impact on blood glucose.

Anyway, did you know that watermelon juice is the “it” drink these days – even Beyoncé invested in a watermelon juice brand earlier this year. So what’s so special about watermelons?  What are they good for?

1. Watermelons have more lycopene than tomatoes!

Lycopene is an anti-oxidant that has received a lot of media attention in the past as it has been linked to lower rates of prostate cancer [1, 2] and can it can also help reduce LDL cholesterol and blood pressure [3]. It can also help protect your skin from the sun [4]!

Now, tomatoes are probably the first thing that people think of when the topic of lycopene comes up. But did you know that watermelons can actually contain 40% more lycopene than raw tomatoes [5]?

2. Watermelon juice can help ease post-muscle soreness

There was a study done in 2013 [6] that shows that watermelon juice can help reduce post-workout muscle soreness. There’s a compound in watermelons called l-citrulline that seems to help muscle pain. Perhaps making watermelon juice a post-workout treat after a hardcore workout is a good idea!

3. Watermelons are a source of hydration and vitamin C

Since watermelons are 92% water, you’re getting good deal of much needed hydration from a serving of watermelon. Along with being rich in water, watermelons have a fair bit of vitamin C (about 20% of your daily vitamin C in a one cup serving). Watermelons also contain smaller amounts of other nutrients such as beta-carotene, vitamin B5 , copper and potassium.


Now, go ahead and make yourself a glass of watermelon juice. It takes just minutes and you don’t even need a juicer. Just use a blender and the job is done. If you really don’t like the fibre, you can strain it out, but we like to keep it 🙂 .

WATERMELON & MINT JUICE

10 minPrep Time

10 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 small watermelon, de-seeded and chopped in cubes
  • 3-4 mint leaves
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • ice cold water (optional)

Instructions

  1. Blend all the ingredients in a high-powered blender, until smooth. Add water if desired.

Notes

The juice will separate over time, so be sure to stir it with a straw or spoon before drinking.

Choose the best quality watermelon you can find. The juice will only be as sweet as your watermelon. If the watermelon doesn't taste sweet, just eat it - it won't make a good juice.

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BANANA COCONUT ICE CREAM

Eating healthy does NOT mean feeling deprived!

When I tell people that I eat healthy, the assumption is that the food is boring and it can’t possibly taste as good as “normal” food.  They feel that I am deprived. Whatthe heck?!

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Anyway, it’s so unfortunate that health food gets a major bad rap when it comes to taste. That is sooooo far from the truth. Whole foods can be just as good, if not better than commercially available processed foods. Let’s take ice-cream as an example. Before I started making desserts at home, I would pick up whatever was on sale in the frozen dessert section at the local grocery store. At one point, I started buying the Skinny Cow ice-cream bars regularly because I thought they were “healthier” since they had only 100 calories.  Umm, do these ingredients sound healthy?

Skim milk, sugar, corn syrup, polydextrose, cocoa processed with alkali, whey protein, coconut oil, palm oil, cream, calcium carbonate, inulin (dietary fiber), cocoa, cellulose gel, propylene glycol monostearate, reduced minerals whey, milk, guar gum, chocolate, monoglycerides, natural flavor, carob bean gum, sorbitol, cellulose gum, soy lecithin, citric acid, carrageenan, vitamin A palmitate, salt. 

Would you use all those ingredients to make ice-cream at home? Nope! I’m not going to get into the details of what is healthy and what is not in the ingredients list above (I’ll leave that for another post!), but what I do want to point out is that this isn’t REAL food. Eating healthy is about eating real food that is made with natural, unprocessed (or minimally processed foods) and there is nothing boring about that.

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