Watermelon contains a high concentrate of Lycopene, a natural antioxidant that may help to reduce the risk of bladder, cervix, lung and skin cancers.
Adding it to your diet is really easy. Use it as a snack, an appetizer or incorporate Watermelon into your summertime beverages. Since Watermelon is fat-free and low in calories, it makes it an ideal food for those who are watching their weight.
During the Summertime, I like to make cold beverages using Watermelon. Here are a few of my family’s favorite beverage recipes.
6 c. watermelon juice
2 c. pineapple juice
1 (12 oz) can frozen raspberry flavored juice
1 (6 oz) can frozen orange juice concentrate
1/4 c. lemon juice
In a large bowl, blend all of the above ingredients. Chill for 2 hours. Makes 14 (3/4 cup) servings.
2 c. seeded watermelon chunks
1 c. crushed or cracked ice
1/2 c. plain yogurt
1 to 2 tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/8 tsp. almond extract
Whip ingredients together in blend until smooth. Serve immediately. Makes 2-3 servings.
1/2 large watermelon
36 ozs. Ginger Ale
1 (12 ounce) can frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
Lime & Lemon Slices (fresh & sliced)
Remove seeds and rinds from watermelon. Cut melon into chunks. Combine melon, limeade and ginger ale in blender. Freeze for several hours. Thaw partially to serve. Spoon into tall glasses and garnish with lime or lemon slices. Makes 1 gallon.
Melon Guava Smoothie
1 1/2 cup watermelons
1 cup guava juice or guava nectar
1-2 cup ice
Mix the above ingredients together in your blender and blend until smooth. Serve in chilled glasses.