Bring together a handful of ingredients and in a matter of seconds you have yourself a nutrient-packed smoothie that is sweet to the soul. Watermelon is 92 percent water and 8 pecent natural fruit sugar. This makes it a convenient and sweet way to refresh the body this summer season. The following watermelon mint smoothie recipe brings together the natural sweetness of watermelon with a touch of stevia and mint for the ultimate summer beveage that'll keep you fit and ready to beat the heat.
Watermelon does way more than just quench your thirst. The fruit's size is matched by the grandness of its nutritional benefits. Watermelon is an excellent source of vitamin A, C and B6. Watermelon maintains eye health, strengthens immunity and promotes healthy brain function. It is also a great source of cancer-fighting lycopene, an antioxidant we often hear about with regards to tomatoes and of which watermelon has the highest concentrations among all fresh fruits and vegetables. It is also a great source of potassium, which contributes to healthy muscles and nerve functions, and the heart-healthy amino acids citrulline and arginine. And especially relevant in the summer months, watermelon can cut sun-related damage by 40 percent.
Watermelon Mint Smoothie
From the Organic Authority Files
- 2 cups tightly packed seedless, chopped fresh watermelon
- 1 large handful of stemmed fresh mint
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 5 drops liquid stevia (or 3 packets of powdered stevia)
- 5-6 ice cubes
Toss all the ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth. Enjoy with a fresh mint garnish!
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