First, I have to say that I really thought I invented this drink!
It came to me on a hot summer’s day on a tennis court. My tennis partners were all making frozen Margaritas – something I thought would not be an asset to my game. All I had was a lime, lots of watermelon, some ice and a blender.
Hmm, I wonder what would happen if I blended all that together?
And now I find out that others have wondered the same thing!
But what I “discovered” on that steamy day was that those three ingredients make one of the easiest and tastiest slushy drinks ever – one that’s naturally sweet enough to even have kids say it’s great.
Here’s my recipe for this ice-cold, natural and yummy slushy;
- A giant piece of cold watermelon cut into chunks;
- Lots of ice;
- Half a lime
As you can see, the measurements aren’t very exact. And that’s the beauty of it.
If you want it slushier, just add more ice. More limey, add more lime.
Put your watermelon chunks and ice in a blender, squeeze some lime into the mix, and blend until smooth. That’s it!
Okay, it tastes great, but what else are you getting from this drink?
A whole lot of lycopene, is what!
Thought lycopene just came from tomatoes? Not true. Lycopene is what give red-colored fruits and veggies their red hue, and that includes watermelon. And watermelon has a lot of it. It actually has more than tomatoes do.
And why, you might ask, is lycopene such a big deal. Funny you should ask that!
Lycopene is one cool antioxidant – one that has a lot more to offer than just the benefits you’ll get from upping your antioxidant intake.
Researchers in England have recently discovered that just 7 mg of lycopene can widen the blood vessels of people with heart disease by over 50 percent. And a cup and a half of watermelon will give you around 10 mg of lycopene!
And that’s not all.
Lycopene can slash your risk of stroke and lower blood pressure too!
And that’s a lot to get from one tasty, cool summertime drink.