How To Make An Amazing Watermelon Green Smoothie
What better way to hydrate yourself in the middle of a hot day, than to drink a glass of watermelon green smoothie. I have grown to love it as my friend introduced me to the world of green smoothies. Unlike other commercial beverages, a green smoothie is all natural and it can be a great source of vitamins.
For starters, the right combo for green smoothies is healthy greens, fruits, and a liquid base. As I want to make a variety of green smoothies, I tried to look for a perfect combo of my favorite watermelon with other healthy greens. I have tried all recipes online and what I’m going to share with you are the top 3 best recipes I have tasted.
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What You’ll Need
Watermelon combines well with creamy-textured fruits, like bananas and strawberries, as it offers a tasty flavor accent in your smoothie recipes. It is a great source of vitamin C, beta-carotene, and lycopene. Since watermelons have high water content, less water should be used to achieve a creamy texture.
For green smoothie recipes, it requires about 2 cups of healthy greens. In all these recipes, we’ll be using fresh baby spinach. It is smart to use this leafy green in your smoothie because it is rich in nutrients, including calcium, iron, and selenium.
Alternatively, you can try other healthy greens, like kale, bok choy, collards, romaine, and Swiss chard. Rotate the greens so you get a great share of vitamins and minerals. To blend this well, you may need to cut them into smaller pieces.
For Recipe 1
Bananas work as a perfect base for your smoothie because it offers a creamy texture and a sweet taste. On top of that, it’s a great source of potassium and very nourishing.
For a colder smoothie, you can freeze them prior to use. To freeze the bananas, slice them, lay them in a tray with a baking sheet, and put them in the freezer overnight. For this recipe, you may need about 1/2 cup of frozen bananas.
Coconut water will work as the liquid base for your smoothie. It is perfect for a smoothie because it’s free from fat and cholesterol. You can use the coconut water straight from a young coconut or choose a commercial brand in grocery stores, like the Vita Coco.
A teaspoon (tsp.) of lime juice will add that citrus flavor in your green smoothie. It makes your smoothie more nutritious as it offers a high amount vitamin C to help enhance your immune system. Its acids help improve the health of your skin and stomach.
For Recipe 2
The strawberries will balance the combo of your green smoothie with the leafy greens. You need about one cup of whole strawberries to mask the distinct flavor of baby spinach. If you want your smoothie extra cold without the ice, freeze your strawberries before you use them.
Alternatively, you can use pear if you can’t find strawberries. Like the strawberries, pears give that creamy base to your green smoothie. This fruit is perfect for smoothies because it is a great source of vitamin C and dietary fibers.
Water if necessary
If you find the consistency too thick for your preference, add a bit of water. This may be necessary to allow your blender to mix the ingredients well. Since we’ll be using more watermelon than strawberries, begin with four ounces (oz).
For Recipe 3
Blueberries are a great addition to your smoothie because they are a great source of vitamins C, K, and manganese. They also give that sweet, but citrus-like taste in your smoothie. If you want your smoothie to be cold, freeze about one cup of blueberries.
Bananas are very nourishing and they give that creamy texture that makes smoothies perfect. You may need one medium banana to add sweetness to your smoothie. Peel it before you mix it in the blender.
Cucumber will add freshness to your smoothie. To balance the thick consistencies of blueberries and the banana, the water content of cucumber will work as the liquid base for this recipe. You may need about 1/2 of cucumber.
Equipment and Tools
One essential item that you need in making a watermelon green smoothie is a high-speed blender. You need this equipment to mix the ingredients well into a thick consistency.
If you have a blender in your home, use it. But if you don’t, you can consider buying the Blendtec Total Blender. This blender has a 3 horsepower capacity and a pre-programmed blending cycles. If you find this too expensive, you can settle for the Ninja Professional Blender.
You need a clean, sharp knife for cutting the watermelon, banana, and cucumber. You may need to cut the watermelon into chunks or cubes for an easier blend. The banana and cucumber should be cut into slices for quicker blend results. Use any knife that you have at home.
Use any glass you have to drink the smoothie right from the blender. If you have a mason jar, it will be much better because it has a larger volume and a side handle for easy usage. For sanitary reasons, use a newly washed glass.
Here are three watermelon green smoothie recipes that you can try at home.
Recipe 1: Watermelon Green Smoothie With a Hint of Lime
1. Add the liquid base into the blender
In a blender, pour 16 oz or two cups of coconut water. This serves as your liquid base and will make the blending of ingredients easier. If you choose to use a young coconut, here’s a video on how you can get the coconut water out.
2. Add the leafy green and blend
Now that your coconut water is all settled in the blender, add a handful of baby spinach. Next, blend at low speed until the spinach is blended thoroughly.
3. Add the rest of the ingredients
Now add 1/2 cup of frozen banana, 1/2 cup of watermelon, and one tsp of lime juice into the blender. Blend at high speed for not more than a minute. You’ll know that your smoothie is done when the consistency changes to a creamy texture.
4. Serve and enjoy
Once your smoothie is all thick and creamy, pour the contents into a glass of your choice. You may drink it for later, but it is best to consume it while it’s still fresh and chilled. Enjoy this in the morning alongside your scrambled eggs or drink it alone during the middle of the day.
Recipe 2: Strawberry- Watermelon Green Smoothie
1. Prepare the watermelon
With a knife, cut the two ends of the watermelon to stabilize it. Next, remove the tough outer layer of the watermelon by slicing off as near to the fruit. Then, cut the fruit in half and slice like you do in a loaf bread.
You can remove the seeds by using the knife or the back of a spoon. After all the seeds are removed, cut into smaller pieces. You can watch how this is done in this video [here] ().
2. Add the seeded watermelon and baby spinach into the blender
In a blender, add two cups of seedless watermelon and two cups of baby spinach. You can also use any leafy greens you like, such as kale, dandelion, or romaine. Blend on low speed until mix thoroughly.
3. Add the fruits, blend, and serve
Next, add one cup whole strawberries into the mix. Blend on high speed for about 30 seconds to one minute. If it’s too thick, add a bit of water, if not, then pour the contents into the glass and serve.
Recipe 3: Watermelon-Blueberries Green Smoothie
1. Prepare the ingredients
Prepare the watermelon by slicing them into cubes and use about 2 cups of them. Peel one medium of banana and 1/2 cucumber slices. Also get one cup of frozen blueberries and three cups of baby spinach.
2. Add watermelon to the blender
In a blender, place the watermelon inside and blend it on low speed. You might possibly notice that the watermelon will pulverize into a nice pulpy liquid. This will serve as your liquid base.
3. Toss the greens and fruits into the mix
Next, add the baby spinach and turn the blender on low speed to mix well. After that, follow the frozen blueberries, banana, and cucumber. Blend to high speed until it becomes creamy. Serve and enjoy.
Additional Tips for that Perfect Green Smoothie
Get the right ratio
According to Simple Greens, the right formula for a green smoothie is 2 cups liquid base + 2 cups healthy greens + 3 cups fruit. Add the liquid first in the blender, then the greens and blend until you see no traces of leafy chunks. Next, add the fruits and blend again until creamy.
Use a frozen fruit instead of ice
BBC Good Food suggests freezing one fruit variant before tossing them in the smoothie mix. Unlike ice cubes which can make your smoothie watery, a frozen fruit will make the consistency thicker and creamier.
Try a Glass of Watermelon Green Smoothie Today!
Did you enjoy learning some delicious watermelon green smoothies in this article? At first, I thought that smoothies are difficult to make, but now I know that all it takes are the fresh ingredients and a great blender.
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