I’m hoping you’re taking advantage of the last weeks of your warm summer months by being outside, and maybe getting some outdoor workouts in on the beach or by the lake! There’s something about the fresh air and warm heat that feels extra healthy to me. Maybe it’s the extra sweat, or being one with nature, but no matter what it is, it’s a great feeling.
You know what else feels AH-MAZING?! Cold slushy drinks post-workout, especially if you are feeling dehydrated from the hot sun. There’s nothing more hydrating than watermelon and coconut water, and nothing tastes quite as good as freezing cold watermelon goodness! The texture is perfection!
It’s different from a smoothie, which has a creaminess to it. These slushies have more of a sorbet essence, and they taste just like a fresh watermelon. I like to add fresh basil to mine to add a punch of “herbiness” to contrast the sweetness (I know, it’s not a word, but it should be, because herb-y is what it is!). There are two ways to make these. I’ll call one the fast version and one the slow version. The slow version can also end up like a shaved ice, so if you want to eat it with a spoon, be sure to try that version!
WATERMELON COCONUT WATER SLUSHY
Yield: 1 serving
Serving Size: 1 slushy
Prep Time: 5 min
3 cups cubed watermelon, frozen overnight
1/2 cup coconut water
1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon honey
6-7 basil leaves
Place ingredients into a high-powered blender, and process until slushy, scraping sides several times to incorporate.
Place ingredients into a high-powered blender and process for 15 seconds.
Pour contents into a shallow dish and cover. Place in freezer, and stir after 2 hours. Check after 4 hours to see if it’s frozen and slushy. If not, stir and return to freezer for 2 more hours, spoon into a glass, and serve.
If desired, leave in freezer overnight, then scrape the frozen watermelon with a fork to make shaved ice. Ejoy with a spoon!