Boy, was it hot here this weekend! I don’t know what the heck happened. Northern California is supposed to be known for it’s cool, temperate weather but I would say 90 degrees is a little too warm.
Listen to me, getting all spoiled. 90 degrees is nothing compared to the many 100+ degree days I managed to survive in Texas. I can’t say that I miss those hot days and I don’t think my wallet does either. As a matter of fact, I almost put the AC on this weekend but I’m too big of a cheapskate to do that now that I have to pay state income taxes.
However, I am not too cheap buy loads of fresh fruit to make myself a refreshing, skin- glowing juice to cool off with.
This drink is full of juicy watermelon which, to me, is incredibly refreshing on a hot day. It’s like you can feel it hydrating your insides and giving you that radiant glow on the outside.
The best part is that you don’t even need a juicer to make this! Just blend the ingredients together and use a fine mesh strainer to separate the pulp.
2 cups seedless watermelon, diced (approximately 1/4 small-medium size watermelon)
3/4 cup strawberries, hulled and diced
1 cup apple, cored and diced (approximately 1 medium size apple, I used a Gala)
1/2 cup cucumber, peeled, cored and diced (approximately 1 cucumber)
1 tablespoon filtered water
1 teaspoon lime juice
- Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend on high until a smooth, liquid-like texture is achieved.
- Grab a large bowl or measuring cup and place a fine mesh strainer over top of it.
- Slowly pour a quarter of the mixture into the strainer and press with a spatula so that juice begins to drain.
- Continue this step until the rest of the mixture has been added to the strainer and pressed.
- Allow the pulp to sit for at least 10 minutes to get any extra juice out. I also stirred it occasionally to help get more out.
- Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (or freeze for 10) before serving. This juice is best served extra cold and I personally like it over ice with a straw.
- Side note: these steps are not necessary if you have a juicer
Note: Because of the seeds in the strawberries and watermelon, the texture of the juice is slightly thick.
*I doubled the recipe
If you are wondering exactly what it is in watermelon that makes your skin glow, I found this article which explains a few reasons why: