Cool down this summer with our Basil and Lime Watermelon Slushies! This tasty drink is perfect for pool days, after-dinner desserts, or picnic dates with your family. Not only are these slushies full of fresh flavors, but they are also packed full of nutrition! Watermelon is a great source of vitamin C, lycopene, and phenolic compounds such as flavenoids and carotenoids, which makes it an important fruit to consume in the summertime. Thanks to lycopene, studies have shown that watermelon consumption can help reduce inflammatory response, and as the watermelon ripens, the lycopene content increases (1). So go ahead and enjoy this juicy fruit while it’s in season–it’s a refreshing snack during these hot months!
Basil and Lime Watermelon Slushies
- 1 cup seltzer water
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 16 ounces of watermelon, chunks
- 1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves
- ½ cup ice cubes
- In a blender place seltzer water, lime juice, watermelon chunks, basil leaves and ice cubes. Combine until smooth.
You can substitute lemon juice and basil for lime juice and mint, respectively.
If you want the slushy a hint sweeter, add 1 teaspoon of sorghum syrup or maple syrup.
Serving size: ¾ cup Calories: 35 calories, Fat: 2 grams, Saturated fat: 0 grams, Carbohydrates: 9 grams, Sugar: 7 grams, Sodium: 2 milligrams, Fiber: 1 gram, Protein: 1 gram, Cholesterol: 0 milligrams
(1) Watermelon. The World’s Healthiest Foods. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=31