Two Recipes – One Watermelon In Less Than Ten Minutes.
Does any fruit say ‘summer’ more than watermelon? Of course, we are drawn to this fabulous fruit for its 90% water content as an ideal thirst-quencher, but there’s more to watermelon than meets the eye… read on to discover the healing wonders of this vibrant fruit and bag two fabulous recipes for a summer sorbet and refreshing pitcher.
Tip: when choosing a watermelon opt for one that's firm and heavy for its size, avoiding very large watermelons (unless organic), not only will the smaller melons taste sweeter but they will contain fewer pesticides.
why eat watermelon?
- Liver Cleanser: watermelon is a great aid to the body’s natural detoxification system. Due to the high water content and nutrients within it acts to cleanse the blood and takes the burden away from the liver.
- Source of Lycopene: watermelons contain more lycopene than any other fruits and vegetables. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant and protects against chronic illnesses. Lycopene improves cardiovascular health and may help reduce risk of certain cancers especially prostate. It also offers a natural sun protection.
- Bundles of Beta-Carotene: beta-carotene gives watermelon is vibrancy. This antioxidant is the pre-cursor to Vitamin A which is of stellar importance for skin health. Beta-carotene helps fight free radical skin damage which is of upmost importance during summer.
Recipe: Watermelon Sorbet
This is one of the most refreshing treats that can be served as a palate cleanser before the main course or right after a good meal. Its quick and easy to make and will impress for sure! Freezing the fruits prior to making the sorbet is the trick to this recipe as it allows you to achieve an ideal consistency. It is best served fresh or within an hour or 2 whilst kept in the freezer to allow a scoopable texture. If you wish to freeze for longer, just allow to defrost to desired consistency prior to serving. Samantha Saliba
What You Will Need
Preparation Time: 5-10 minutes (Makes 4 glasses)
- 4 cups frozen Watermelon cubes
- 1 handful frozen Berries
- 1 frozen Banana (chopped prior to freezing)
- 2 tsp Maple Syrup
- 1 cup Coconut Water
- Mint for garnishing
How To Make
- Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend on low speed until a thick smooth consistency is reached.
- Scoop into a glass and garnish with mint.
Recipe: Rainbow Fruit Infused Pitcher
In such hot weather, drinking water is super important. Making your own fruity infused water sill encourage you to hydrate more while you’re also gaining the beneficial vitamins and minerals from the fruits. It’s a great way to present water for all the family or your guests, rather than a glass of plain water. This recipe is so versatile and can be adapted with any fruit. Samantha Saliba
What you will need
Preparation Time: 5-10 minutes (700ml)
- 1 Slice of Watermelon
- 3 Mint sprigs
- 2 Orange slices cut in half
- 2 Lemon slices cut in half
- A handful of Blueberries
- 6 slices of Cucumber
- 6 Nectarine slices.
- Edible flowers to float on top
- Cold water
How To Make
- In a pitcher, layer your chosen fruits by alternating different fruits and vegetables until they are all used.
- Slowly pour some ice cold water until the pitcher is full.
- Keep refrigerated and top up with more water as necessary.
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