Berry Watermelon Smoothie
Do you remember being a kid and devouring slices of watermelon? It was easily the best summertime snack (with the exception of ice cream of course!). Well I still love watermelon (especially in the form of this fizzy slushie) and could easily consume a whole melon by myself! But instead of consuming watermelons by the barrel, I’m going to opt for this berry watermelon smoothie instead. Why? Because on top of the melon it’s got more healthy ingredients!
A common problem in general but especially in the summertime is not staying hydrated enough (check out these tips to boost your water intake though!). This is definitely a concern for kids who are running around all day but also for us mamas who either forget to drink a tall glass of water or partake in a few too many patio mommy beverages 😉
Regardless of the reason, staying hydrated is definitely up there on the important scale!
And while taking in roughly three liters of water each day is imperative for daily functioning, not all hydration has to come from water directly!
Enter watermelon (and this awesome berry watermelon smoothie!).
Watermelon is roughly 92 percent fluid and has significant levels of Vitamin C and B6. Which means it’s a pretty great fruit to be munching on!
So we all agree that we need more watermelon in our diets 😀
But this berry watermelon smoothie is even better because it has even more nutrients! Thanks to the berries in the smoothie the antioxidant content of this smoothie is nice and high, adding one more perk to this smoothie.
And what kid doesn’t like a colorful smoothie?! Even I get excited by deep hues of chilled deliciousness.
Avocado, another favorite food of mine and one I believe all kids should consume, helps keep this smoothie creamy but also gives it a big nutritional boost.
The fats in the avocado help slow the sugar release from the fruits and also gives the berry watermelon smoothie a dose of fiber, potassium and proteins. This means that only is this smoothie tasty but it also makes for a decent snack. If you’re feeling like you really need a boost you could add some vegan protein powder but I wouldn’t say it’s a necessity (unless you’re using this as a post workout recovery drink!)
And lastly, the smoothie is topped off with coconut water. My daughter LOVES coconut water and I adore giving it to her. Why? Because coconut water has a similar make up to our blood in terms of electrolyte balance. It is insanely hydrating and oh so yummy. She actually has a glass of coconut water every morning (she’s addicted!) and it’s one of my first go-to fluids I grab when she’s sick.
That said, I learned a few years ago that many brands add sugar to their coconut water (seriously?!) so be sure to check your brand. I personally like the Thirsty Buddha brand which you can grab at well.ca. I made sure to hunt out a good one because we go through an alarming amount of this stuff in our house!
So truly, this berry watermelon smoothie is perfect. It’s hydrating, full of nutrients (much more than you’d expect!) and tastes delicious on a hot day.
One thing to keep in mind is that like all watermelon smoothies it also tastes pretty darn yummy with “mommy’s only” shot 😉
Note: one thing to keep in mind is that coconut water in large amounts can be a laxative when you’re not used to it (check out this post on getting kids to poop!). So before you go downing smoothie after smoothie just keep that in mind 😉
Ingredients In The Berry Watermelon Smoothie
- 4 cups watermelon chopped
- 1 avocado
- 12 ice cubes
- 1/4 cup coconut water
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1/2 cup strawberries
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How To Make The Smoothie
Prep and chop your watermelon making sure there’s no seeds.
Add all the ingredients into the blender, starting with the watermelon first to make it easier for the machine.
Blend all ingredients until smooth.
Makes 4 cups
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Healthy Berry Watermelon Smoothie
This berry watermelon smoothie is not only extremely hydrating but also full of nutrients and health boosting ingredients. It’s easy to whip up and tastes great on a hot day.