Watermelon Berry Smoothie

It’s hot, it’s humid, it’s time for a quick little pick me up! Yes? Yes! In the form of a refreshing watermelon berry smoothie!

Or slushie? That might be a better word to describe today’s recipe. Not that you can tell at all from the pictures. Because heat in North Carolina in August (<— what??) tends to melt things FAST.

A healthy and hydrating watermelon berry smoothie! Made with just a few simple ingredients, like fresh watermelon, frozen strawberries and coconut water!

Super fast. But that’s okay. That’s why we need to stay nice and hydrated with one of these smoothies! Or slushies. Okay I’m stopping now.

So. Today’s recipe is what I’ve been making when I want a quick watermelon drink! We’re talking five minutes, five ingredients. Okay fine, six ingredients if we include the ice, but that doesn’t really count! It’s filled with fresh watermelon … frozen strawberries … a touch of chopped cucumber … a splash of vanilla extract … a smidge of coconut water!

And when enjoyed after a workout, especially one in the heat? Peeeeerfecto.

It also totally works as a light dessert (although, for dessert, this creamy watermelon coconut milkshake still absolutely has my heart!). Or for an afternoon snack. Or for breakfast. Or just because.

What can I say. I think summer watermelon is just the bee’s knees! The cat’s meow!

A healthy and hydrating watermelon berry smoothie! Made with just a few simple ingredients, like fresh watermelon, frozen strawberries and coconut water!

So! Like always, let’s talk a few tips & tricks for this hydrating little number!

  1. The more ice you add to the blender, the thicker your smoothie will be! If you don’t add very much, the smoothie will be more along the lines of a thicker juice. If you add in a good amount, it takes on the texture of a slushie. Pick your preference!
  2. The smoothie does separate as it sits and melts (um, as you can clearly see from the pictures). This sort of thing usually drives me nuts, but with this recipe, just go with it! It’s so refreshing and delicious that you won’t even care.
  3. Originally, I tried this recipe with more than one kind of frozen berry. We decided we strongly preferred it with just the frozen strawberries! But you can absolutely experiment! We felt that other berries (especially raspberries) really overpowered the flavor of the watermelon. The strawberries allow the watermelon to really shine through (while you still get a slight hint of strawberry goodness).

One last piece of advice – beware of the brain freeze! The struggle is real.

A healthy and hydrating watermelon berry smoothie! Made with just a few simple ingredients, like fresh watermelon, frozen strawberries and coconut water!

Yield: 1 large smoothie

Watermelon Berry Smoothie

Prep Time:5 minutes

Cook Time:0 minutes

Total Time:5 minutes

A healthy and hydrating watermelon berry smoothie! Made with just a few simple ingredients, like fresh watermelon, frozen strawberries and coconut water!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups seedless watermelon chunks (about ¾ to 1 inch cubes)
  • ¾ cup frozen whole strawberries
  • ¼ cup peeled and chopped cucumber
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup coconut water
  • big handful of ice

Directions:

Add all the ingredients to a blender and process until smooth. Add additional ice as desired to thicken it up. Serve immediately!

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