Aug 28, 2012

eat: Watermelon Candy Smoothie

Lately, we've been getting beautiful, delicious heirloom watermelons in our CSA (more on the CSA here or here or here). Nothing says summer, or Americana, like watermelons. Problem is, even though I can appreciate the wonderful flavor of these local watermelons (especially compared to the gigantic, flavorless, seedless grocery store version), I just am not a watermelon lover. Sometimes Max will eat fresh watermelon cubes, but he's fickle about it too.

Not wanting to waste these lovely melons (ok, that sentence didn't sound quite right) ... I started googling around for watermelon smoothie ideas. I've tried a few variations so far - all were yummy, but I wanted to share the recipe with you that I finally landed on. It's a keeper. I think it tastes like a tropical flavored Starburst candy! Except that this is a really healthy treat, with lots of vitamins from the watermelon and banana, plus a little protein and calcium from the yogurt.

Watermelon is umm... watery. So this smoothie has a much thinner consistency than others, but it's still delicious and incredibly refreshing on a Tennessee August afternoon. It's also surprisingly satisfying. Oh, and did I mention that when watermelons are in season, it's also cheap? Score!

Here's my recipe (measurements are all approximate - taste as you go to get your ideal flavor):

Watermelon Candy Smoothie
(makes 2 large or 3 small servings)

3 to 4 cups chopped and seeded watermelon
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 banana
1 cup ice
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
drizzle of honey

I throw everything in the blender until it's good and mixed, pour a cup for everybody who's lucky enough to be around the house, and watch in awe as Max gulps his down in about two minutes flat. I'm pretty sure the big secret in this recipe is the almond extract. It adds that extra something that really makes the watermelon flavor pop. The ginger is very subtle, but you can use more or totally skip it, depending on your preference. I happen to love ginger, so I think it adds a perfect little kick.

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