Introduce the bright, fresh flavors of sunshine into your kitchen with our Basil and Lime Watermelon Slushies. This tasty treat is perfect for any occasion, including pool days, after-dinner desserts, family picnic dates, or outdoor parties. Perfectly sweet, definitely vegan, and delightfully refreshing, these slushies are filled with everything your body needs to stay healthy and happy. Once you’ve tried our slushies, there is no going back–just one taste is all it takes to have everyone begging for seconds. Thanks to the refreshing combinations of basil, lime, and watermelon, this is one treat that will leave your taste buds wanting more.
Not only are these slushies full of fresh flavors, but they are packed full of nutrition, as watermelon is a good source of vitamins A and C. It’s also rich in L-citrulline, a non-essential amino acid, which increases nitric oxide synthesis, peripheral blood flow, and decreases blood pressure. In fact, studies have found that these factors connect with improvement in skeletal muscle oxygenation and performance during exercise (1). In simpler words, L-citulline found in watermelon will help improve exercise performance, as it helps boost our immune system and play important roles in our blood vessels and heart health. With so many health benefits, it’s no wonder that watermelon is a classic favorite during peak season! Enjoying this juicy fruit while it’s in available will be easy to do–it’s a refreshing snack packed full of nutrition that can be enjoyed inside (or outside) of the kitchen.
Looking for other recipes to fuel up on during warmer days? These recipes are perfect to make all year round, but are especially satisfying during the warmer months, so go ahead and give them a shot! We promise that you won’t be disappointed. The cool, refreshing taste of these slushies pairs well with almost everything! Try these slushies with some of our favorite small bites and snacks at your next gathering! Check out some of our favorite snacks to pair with these below!
In a blender place seltzer water, lime juice, watermelon, basil, and ice cubes and combine until smooth.
Serve in small cups and enjoy!
You can substitute lime juice and basil for lemon juice and mint, respectively. Add 1 teaspoon of sorghum syrup or maple syrup for additional sweetness.
Serving size: 3/4 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) Figueroa A, Gonzales JU, Jaime SJ, Wong A. Influence of L-citrulline and watermelon supplementation on vascular function and exercise performance. Current Opinion in Nutrition and Metabolic Care. 2017 Jan;20(1):92-98. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27749691.