Watermelon and Mint Juice

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Having a party this summer? A barbeque? Pool party? Maybe a Family Reunion? Fiesta? Perhaps a birthday party? Possibly absolutely no parties at all, but you just really want a refreshing summer drink?

Great! This is your drink!

Watermelon and mint, mint and watermelon; a combination for the ages, I’d say. The two together in an ice cold drink is the most refreshing and satisfying thing on a scorching hot day. (Also known as every day in Arizona.)

Not only will your body drink up the amazing vitamins and phytonutrients found in watermelon, but you will feel/act/look/function so much better drinking this than drinking a sugary, chemical laden, over sweetened, glass of junk that ups the risk of many diseases in your body, including obesity and diabetes.

Don’t you agree? Of course you do, I know we’re on the same page. So, let me tell you about this fabulous fruit. Watermelon is loaded with flavonoids and carotenoids, which provide powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory effects in your beautiful body. Ever heard of lycopene? You’ve probably seen it splashed across a ketchup bottle or two at your grocery store. Watermelon is one of the best sources of lycopene, beating out trusty tomatoes and its ketchup too. Lycopene is a phytonutrient, a red pigment found in plant tissues which gives watermelon and others its lovely red hue. Lycopene works as an antioxidant to search and destroy overly reactive oxygen species in our body. Those little guys result in cell damage, oxidative stress, and future diseases and problems.

So yes, watermelon is amazing. Watermelon and mint juice is even more amazing. Enjoy it at your summer party/barbeque/pool party, birthday party, reunion/fiesta/anti-party!

Watermelon and Mint Juice

Makes 5-6 small servings, or one big-mama glass. You can easily double, triple, or quadruple this recipe to fit the amount of partygoers too.

6 cups diced watermelon, chilled
3 sprigs fresh mint

Simply place chopped watermelon into a blender and blend until watermelon is broken down. Using a very fine strainer or sieve, pour blended watermelon through strainer and into a large bowl to remove all pulp.

Once watermelon is strained, pour into a large pitcher or small glasses. Gently crush mint in your hand and place in glasses or pitcher to infuse. Place in refrigerator to keep cold.

Serve chilled and garnish with a fresh mint leaf!

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