…it’s my current addiction.
I cannot get enough of these things!
It’s not even a new addiction. I had this problem last summer, too. It’s totally the fault of a fellow Travato buddy of mine Kate Mullen. She’s a full-timer in her Travato and blogs over on “The Road to Adventure.” We attended Sea Otter Classic together two years back and there was a booth whipping up fresh watermelon smoothies. Kate dragged me there swearing I HAD to try one. I wasn’t even in the mood for a smoothie, but, you know, the things we do for friends ( sigh…).
Anyways, one sip and HOLD THE PHONE! My life was forever changed.
I’m not even sure I should call it a “smoothie”? It’s more slushy, really… but then if I call it a slush, doesn’t it sound less healthy? Whatever name you settle on, blending up watermelon with icy goodness does something magical. It goes from “meh, watermelon,” to “WATERMELON AWESOMENESS!”
I especially like making these as a post-cardio workout drink. They’ve got that refreshing thing going for them, plus they are great for replenishing our energy stores and hydration levels. Watermelon is around 90% water, and yet is still packed with nutrients… vitamins A, B6 and C, lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids. The chia seeds in this smoothie are one of those super foods we should be sprinkling on everything… loaded with omega-3 fats and tissue-repairing protein which are great in post-workout recovery drinks. On top of that, chia provides fiber, antioxidants, and calcium. And! This whole smoothie is only around 120 calories. So, let’s do the math:
Tasty + healthy + low-cal + ridiculously easy to make = A VERY HAPPY STEF
Now, these are only as good as the watermelon you use to make them. And actually, I think they taste way better with watermelon I cut days prior, after it’s had time to sit and sweeten in the fridge. But as it goes with watermelon, you’re never totally guaranteed a tasty one. IF your watermelon isn’t ripe enough or isn’t very flavorful, technically you COULD add a tiny amount of agave to sweeten it up. I never do and think it’s just fine without sweetener. But it’s an option in a pinch.
And be warned. Watermelon is fickle in the blender. You’d think it would blend up easily right?!?
The fiber in it makes it hard to get blended. I always start with the ice and water in the bottom of the blender and the watermelon on top. That seems to do the trick.
Plus I better be honest here, I never really measure when I make these. For the purposes of giving you a recipe however, I tried to get as close as possible to the amounts I tend to throw in my Magic Bullet. So feel free to add more or less of anything; you really can’t screw this up.
If you’ve got variations on this or if you’ve tried it I want to know! Comments below!
World's Best Watermelon Smoothie Slush
- 2 cups cubed watermelon
- 2 teaspoons chia seeds
- 1/4 cup water
- 6 ice cubes
Blend all ingredients and enjoy!