I still can’t believe that the dear sweet summer has drawn to a close here in North America. It is a sad thought surely, but the silver lining is that the bounty of the fall harvest is now knocking on our doors! I bet if you paid a visit to your local farmers' market, you can still find a few watermelon up for sale, and I think we should all enjoy every last morsel of this lush pink treat while we still can! It will be along cold winter until we can indulge in these juicy giants in-season, after all. I picked up a HUGE one this week and decided to get creative with how I could incorporate it into as many recipes possible. Watermelon is comprised of about 92 percent water, which makes it highly hydrating, and it is also well known that is a great source of the antioxidant lycopene. But, did you know that it is also jam-packed with potassium, which helps the body maintain proper electrolyte balance and assists in muscle and nerve function? And hey, watermelon also contains the amino acid arginine, which can help maintain arteries, blood flow and overall cardiovascular function. So what better food to use in a pre-workout morning smoothie, right? I decided to whip up one up after my morning yoga practice, and with the addition of ginger, kale and a few other delicious add-ins, I came up with this super powered, super hydrating, and super yummy smoothie. I loved this recipe so much, that I decided to include it in the first chapter of my recently published (un)cookbook, MAP Wellness Morsels: Life in the RAW. So, if you are in search of a delicious, simple, and slick collection of vegan and raw recipes, then I invite you to check it out!
End of Summer Smoothie [Vegan]
- 2 C fresh watermelon
- ½ C coconut water (100% pure, no added sugars)
- 1.5 T fresh orange juice
- ½ fresh peach or nectarine
- ½ T grated fresh ginger
- ¾ C organic kale (OR sub-in a collard leaf or spinach)
- 3-4 leaves fresh organic basil (OR parsley)
- 1 T goji berries (optional)
- 4-5 ice cubes
- Add to blender all the ingredients, in the order listed (putting the melon and liquid at the bottom of the jar will help get the blending going).
- Pour into a tall glass, and enjoy (with a straw!)