Monday, May 30, 2011

Frozen Watermelon Smoothies



Watermelon Smoothie
Need to cool off ?
 The key to the fabulous taste of this gluten free  watermelon smoothie is  frozen watermelon. All you need to do is cut up some watermelon into cubes, pop them in the freezer overnight and use it whenever you need a really refreshing drink!

Truthfully, it is refreshing just to take some frozen watermelon right from the freezer and eat it; However,  in a smoothie, it is amazing!
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Let me tell you why I started making these smoothies!

 A few days ago, I opened all our upstairs windows and sat down at my computer to enjoy the beautiful May breeze. About an hour later, my mood began to change. The warm May breeze started to become warmer and warmer. In a short time, I found myself hot, sticky, very overheated and uncomfortable.

I was visiting the blog Healthy, Happy, Life.  ( love that blog) and saw Kathy's  Watermelon Frosty!

Do you know how good her Watermelon Frosty looked to me at that moment when I was dripping from the heat and humidity?  I wanted an entire pitcher full.

I wanted to make some right then and there, but I didn't have any frozen watermelon! 

However, I did have a watermelon! Unfortunately , I had to wait until it froze solid ( the next day).

Let's face it. Who would have ever thought to freeze watermelon? 
Well,  I proceeded to cut up watermelon, placed the cubes in  baggies, and froze them. Yes, it was that simple. ( See freezing suggestions at the end of this post )

Today,  I am prepared for the heat.. It is still oppressively hot, but I have a few baggies full of frozen watermelon in my freezer. 

Watermelon is also good for you. It has virtually no fat, a cup has only 48 calories, and it is a rich source of vitamins. In addition, watermelon contains lycopene, an antioxidant that fights free radicals in the body. Watermelon contains more lycopene than any other fruit or vegetable including tomatoes. The rich lycopene may be especially good for those with prostate problems ( ask your doctor first)

So, next time you have watermelon left over, cut it up and freeze it

3 Ways to Use Frozen Watermelon :
  • Eat it plain right from the freezer - yum! It's like frozen ices
  • Use it as ice cubes in a pitcher of water to flavor the water and keep water cold
  • Mix in any type of smoothie
Here is the frosty version that I made
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Ingredients:
3 cups of frozen watermelon
1 cup cold watermelon juice that was created as I scooped the watermelon ( or water)
Raw Agave syrup, Maple syrup or any sweetener of your choice to taste
Juice of 1/2  large lime
1 large banana

Blend all ingredients in Vitamix, Nutribullet, or in a strong blender.
Serve immediately with a wedge of lime.

Suggestions:
1. Cut the watermelon in small chunks and freeze on a cookie sheet so it doesn't all stick together. Then throw it into baggies when frozen. ( about 8 hours) . Otherwise it may freeze in one large clump and that could be very hard on your blender. Melon balls are cute too.

2. When cutting the watermelon, reserve the watermelon juice in a jar and keep it in the refrigerator overnight. ( you can also just use water)
3. Don't skip the banana. The first time I made the smoothie, I did ( skip the banana)  and then I added it back in. The banana really adds something to the drink.

4. Add some rum if you desire. This makes one refreshing and delicious coctail for a party!

This recipe is raw,  vegan, dairy free, and gluten free.



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46 comments:

  1. Ooh I want one right now! I can't imagine anything more refreshing!

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  2. A perfect way to start off the summer season! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Exactly what I need now! Cooling... refreshing... Ahhhhh

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  4. I love water mellon but the only thing I hate is the seeds, we are in tropical country and most of the time water mellon is available here specially in summer season.

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  5. Perfect for the heat. Love this!

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  6. Those would be perfect for today -- celebrating high 80s and full sun, after about 2 weeks of monsoons!

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  7. Looks Yummy!:0)

    Hi! Just returning the follow!:0)

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  8. I have always wanted to make something like this. Yummo....a great way to stay cool!

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  10. Hello again! Just wanted to let you know that I mention and link to your recipe on a post I did on simple syrups and summer cocktails :-) http://www.katherinemartinelli.com/blog/2011/four-simple-syrup-recipes-and-a-grenadine/

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  11. It's in the 90's here in Florida, these look soo refreshing! Yummy!!

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  12. This is a great smoothie, I am having one today! Thanks for sharing and have a fun day!

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  13. Thanks Judee, most cooling drink I have ever had and very smooth
    By Albert

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  14. oooo, so refreshing!!!Come on over to my tasty party! http://nap-timecreations.blogspot.com/2011/05/papas-mac-and-cheese-and-tasty-tuesday.html

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  15. This sounds so good! Thanks for linking up to Recipe of the Week!

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  16. The frozen watermelon sounds yummy! How funny... last night I put watermelon, frozen STRAWBERRIES, some lime and a CUCUMBER in my vitamix and made one tasteee treat!

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  17. DonnaB,
    I do frozen strawberries all the time, but Watermelon was new to me.
    Enjoy!

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  18. That looks SO delicious! I have really been on a smoothie kick this summer!

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  19. Just in time for summer, thanks for sharing with the Hearth n Soul!

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  20. We simplify ours with lime juice and watermelon, ice if needed.

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  21. Such a pretty looking smoothies . Thanks for sharing it with hearth and soul hop

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  22. That looks so refreshing. I'll try that with my next watermelon.

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  23. This is such a refreshing smoothie! I actually freeze my watermelon also. I use a melon baller and place the lemon balls in plastic containers and then freeze. And they defrost so fast that all you need to give them is about 1-2 mins. before you can enjoy them! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    Maria @ A Platter of Figs

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  24. Frozen watermelon, who would have thought! Yet this is an amazing drink and the banana adds more vitamins for health!

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  25. Ohhh....cannot wait to try this! Watermelon is my very favorite fruit. Now I find out it is really good for me!
    bcp

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  26. Watermelon is so refreshing. I'd never thought to freeze. Wonderful!

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  27. Hi Judee,
    I made one of these smoothies the other day and it is awesome! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!

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  28. I made this the other day and I agree it is delicious! My 9 year old keeps asking me to make it again and again.

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  29. Glad that you and your son liked it. Get ready to make it again, the weather is supposed to get really hot! It's perfect to help cool off.

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  30. Summer time treats! This sounds delish! Perfect for after being out side and getting hot. Thanks for sharing.

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  31. Wonder what it would be like by sub the water or juice & sugar for water kefir & adding frozen bananas as well... I keep froz bananas & whey in fridge for smoothies all the time. :)

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  32. Thanks for sharing with Garden Variety Wednesday!

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  33. i'm feeling a bit like you did when you opened kathy's site. this smoothie looks so refreshing! now i just have to pop out and get myself a nice sweet watermelon! thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club

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  34. Congratulations!
    You are featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. You are welcome to pick up your Red Plate if you like.
    Miz Helen

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  35. We have been trying all sorts of smoothie (blended) creations lately. This is real close to the last one my husband made. He had about two cups freshly cut watermelon, one cup cantelope, a little fresh squeezed lemon juice, a tsp of agave nectar, and about a cup of ice cubs. Mmmmmm Good! Thanks for the variation and ideas!

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  36. Made these watermelon smoothies this morning and the kids just loved them! My whole watermelon had partially frozen in the back of the fridge, so I was hoping to find a recipe where I didn't have to waste all of that yummy fruit. I'm so glad I found this recipe! Also, I didn't have any limes and couldn't find lime juice so I used my non-alcoholic lime margarita mix, worked just as well. I will be holding onto this recipe!

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  37. Made these watermelon smoothies this morning and the kids just loved them! My whole watermelon had partially frozen in the back of the fridge, so I was hoping to find a recipe where I didn't have to waste all of that yummy fruit. I'm so glad I found this recipe! Also, I didn't have any limes and couldn't find lime juice so I used my non-alcoholic lime margarita mix, worked just as well. I will be holding onto this recipe!

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  38. This Watermelon is so amazing and looks scrumptious.
    gluten free

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  39. I just bought a watermelon so I think I might do this for a refreshing twist on dessert!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Jennifer
    www.jennifersikora.com

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  41. Watermelon Smoothies are refreshing anytime. We used Watermelon Stevia as the sweetener instead of Maple Syrup. The banana does make the difference. Great Watermelon Smoothie Recipe!

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  44. Looks lovely! I had no idea you could freeze chunks of watermelon, so good to know :)

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  45. I've been snacking on frozen watermelon cubes all summer. I love how you've turned them into a tasty smoothie. Banana must make it so creamy! Can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing this at Raw Foods Thursdays!!

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