Infused waters are my favorite way to hydrate during the summer, but if I can work some tasty and healthy summer fruits into that water? Even better. This watermelon water is a great way to enjoy your favorite summer fruit while staying hydrated and making the most of the vitamins in watermelon.
Made with blended watermelon and lime juice, this drink preserves the nutrients and fiber within the fruits to assure that your body’s cells stay hydrated and nourished.
Watermelon is full of the right vitamins and minerals for summertime, like Vitamin C, lycopene, beta-carotene, and antioxidants. The riper the fruit, the higher the concentration of nutrients, so you’ll want to learn how to pick the best watermelon you can find (a hint: it should sound hollow when you thump on it).
While lycopene is especially fantastic for its beneficial role in reducing the risk of cancer and chronic disease, I’m even more impressed by the amino acid citrulline, which is found in watermelon. Our bodies convert citrulline to arginine, which has a role in preventing cardiovascular disease by improving blood flow.
Citrulline also stimulates weight loss by inhibiting the activity of enzymes that activate fat production in fat cells.
I threw some lime into this water too, because the soluble fiber in the pectin supplements the lower fiber content for watermelon, promoting whole-body hydration and regulating hormone balance.
As much as I love my infused waters, I have to say that this watermelon-lime water is quickly taking over as one of my new favorite ways to keep cool during the summer.
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Hydrating (And Refreshing) Watermelon Water
- Yield: 2 1x
- 2 slices fresh ripe watermelon, flesh only
- 2 limes, peeled and cut into slices
- 3–4 fresh mint leaves
- 2 cups purified water
- Ice cubes, to serve
- Add the watermelon, limes and mint into a blender and pulse for a fine puree.
- Add the purified water and pulse to incorporate.
- Divide into two serving glasses, add ice cubes and serve.