Watermelon Juice with a Twist

Bayo Ajibola
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Watermelon Juice with a Twist

Watermelon is red and pulpy and the green rind outside contrasts perfectly with the inside. It is beautiful to look at and if you get the very sweet variety, you will get your fix of water and sugar. Eating watermelon eliminates the need for a cool glass of water when you have none. It is totally refreshing!

Its name sounds like it is all water and color with no nutritional value. That is very far from the truth! The flesh contains lycopene which is a phytonutrient that improves your heart health. Scientists believe that it could even work towards better bone health. Another element known as citrulline gets converted into arginine by the kidneys. Arginine improves blood flow and heart health in general. This applies to the sweet red center as well as the flesh nearer to the rind even though it lacks the appealing color.

Vitamin C helps the body build its resistance against diseases and infectious elements. Vitamin A is a natural antioxidant and you can get about 19 percent of your daily required intake. It builds immunity as well and does a good job of improving vision. It keeps mucus membranes healthy and skin visibly improves in appearance. Studies have shown that fruits that are rich in Vitamin Ahave the ability to keep oral cavity and lung cancers at bay. The seeds are said to protect against prostate cancer as well.

Most people are used to having watermelon whole or in fruit salads but it can be taken with a little twist. Taking this as a juice on its own may be a little boring but spicing it up may just endear it to you a little more. The following recipe may do exactly that and bring your palette back to life in an explosive burst.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups watermelon (remove the seeds and cut them into cubes)
  • Rind of one lime
  • Half a cup of sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Half a teaspoon of salt
  • Half a cup of fresh mint leaves
  • 1 jalapeno (cut into two)

Instructions

  • Put the watermelon cubes in a blender and blend them until very smooth. Add the jalapeno slices and let the mixture sit for about half an hour.
  • Take the water, sugar, lime rind and mint and place them in a pot. Bring the mixture to a boil and continue stirring until you notice that the sugar has melted. Let the mixture cool down.
  • Take a sieve and strain the blended watermelon into a jug. Strain the mint, lime and sugar mixture into the same jug as well.
  • Take the salt and stir it in carefully. Ensure that it is properly mixed into the rest of the juice.
  • Your juice is ready now so place it in the fridge. It tastes much better when cold.
  • If you would like to turn this into a cocktail for those rough days that need a lift, add some tequila or vodka of your choice and enjoy.

The color in this drink is amazing and garnishing with a mint leaf and a slice of lime can present great contrast just like in a whole melon. The lime adds a tangy and refreshing twist while the jalapeno adds a little heat to it. Anyone who doesn’t like chilies can omit the jalapenos though.

This proves that melons can be interesting in your glass and you don’t have to miss out on any nutrients. This can be a great addition to your Valentine’s Day menu considering the red color and awesome taste. Why not use it as an aphrodisiac on that special day?

 


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