Having a Watermelon Slushie is a perfect way to get your fruits and veggies in a refreshing drink format in the summertime! Enjoy this summertime beverage made with lime juice and watermelon!
Exercise. Eat your fruit and veggies. Get your vitamin D. Reduce stress.
These can all sound so dreadful. But we do it because that’s what it means to be healthy. Comedian Jeff Allen sums up our typical perceptions about “healthy” food.
“My wife’s on a diet. She came home with rice cakes for dessert. Can you believe that? Rice cakes? You see the word ‘cakes’ and you think, ok, maybe. You ever bite into one of those things? Cake doesn’t come to mind. I think caulk would be a better word. Who’s she kidding? It’s not food, it’s insulation!”
I’m here with a promise. Healthy food does not have to taste like insulation. And it doesn’t have to take days laboring over a hot stove either.
Today’s recipe is “short, sweet, and hard to beat” like my mom always says. I found the recipe on my friend Kathy Patalksy’s site, Lunch Box Bunch. What a fun site she has! I’m always looking for ways to get more variety in the foods I eat and sometimes that means mixing things up a bit…literally!
How to Make Watermelon Slushies
This may be the easiest recipe ever! Simply chop watermelon into chunks (don’t even worry about seeds!) and freeze them. This takes about 2 hours to get the watermelon thoroughly frozen.
Then remove the frozen watermelon from the freezer and let it sit for a few minutes to soften just a bit.
Add lime juice, water, and stevia to a blender and pulse to combine. Then add the frozen (and softened) watermelon chunks to the blender and pulse until it creates a slushie consistency.
Pour into glasses and serve immediately.
Healthy Watermelon Slushie
Watermelons are healthy. Of course, like most fruits, they are higher in carbs, but the health benefits make this a great exception to your low carb diet.
This watermelon slushie recipe is made without refined sugars and is mostly a whole-food based recipe.
I used stevia instead of something like maple syrup. Also, you can add sparkling water in place of the water in this recipe for a bubbly watermelon slushie!
A few hours later, voila. I had a delicious Watermelon Slushie. Sweet, delicious, and satisfying!
- 5 cups chopped watermelon
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon stevia
- I chopped up my watermelon and didn’t even bother removing most of the seeds. I figured it’s all going to get thrown in a blender and seeds are probably good for you anyway so why bother! But go ahead and discard those rinds. I haven’t found a good use for those…yet! Place chopped watermelon in a freezer storage bag and wait at least two hours for the watermelon to freeze.
- When the watermelon is frozen, remove from the freezer and let sit on the counter for about 5 minutes or so, until they soften just a bit.
- While you’re waiting on the watermelon to soften, add the lime juice, water, and stevia to a high speed blender. Pulse that for a few seconds.
- Next, add the softened but still frozen watermelon to the blender. The watermelon will break up into pieces. Continue blending until it transforms into a thick, plushie-like consistency. Taste and add additional stevia if necessary.
- Pour the slushie mixture into 2 glasses and serve immediately.
The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
Enjoy your healthy, vegan, gluten-free and completely delicious Watermelon Slushie!