Watermelon Squash (2 different variations)

Watermelon is important to beat the heat of harsh sun in summer. Watermelon contains 92 percent of water. This means that eating watermelon on a hot summer day is a tasty way to help you stay hydrated and avoid dehydration (it’s not a substitute for drinking plenty of fresh water, however). Watermelon makes the perfect snack, picnic food or summer dessert. It’s also refreshing in smoothies, fruit pops and sorbets.

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Every part of a watermelon is edible, even the seeds and rinds. We think of watermelon as a fruit because of its sweet flavor, but watermelon is actually a vegetable. It belongs to the cucurbit family, and is related to pumpkins, cucumbers and squash. Watermelon is a healthy food.

Here sharing recipe to make 2 different variations of watermelon squash from one concentrated watermelon juice.

  • Watermelon Mint Squash : This variation has the goodness of nature. Fresh pulp of watermelon (concentrate)is infused with mint power and hint of Himalayan black salt.
  • Watermelon bubbly squash : And this is Fresh pulp ( concentrate) is simply combined with Soda/ Sprite to give soda a healthy twist of fresh fruit.

INGREDIENTS :

For Concentrate of watermelon:

  • 21/2 Cups of diced, seedless watermelon
  • 2 Teaspoon of lime Juic

For Watermelon mint squash

  • 1 Cup of concentrate of watermelon
  • Few Mint leaves
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Himalayan black salt

For Watermelon bubbly squash

  • 1/2 Cup of concentrate of watermelon
  • 1/2 Cup Sprite or soda

For Concentrate of watermelon:

In a high jar put the chilled watermelon pieces. Add in lemon juice and blend it with the help of a hand blender. No mess of cleaning afterwards. Add crushed ice cubes if not chilled. I personally like to have the pulp so I don’t like to strain as it is fibrous. If you want then use a strainer. This is the base of our watermelon squash. Reserve 1/2 Cup for later use for Watermelon bubbly. I have not used any sugar as it was naturally perfect sweet. Check for bright red color for more natural sweetness. Add Sugar/ honey/ maple syrup if needed as per taste.

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Watermelon Mint Squash

Use the left concentrate of watermelon. Roughly tear 7-8 Mint leaves with your hand and blend it for 1 minute with hand blender. Then add pinch of Himalayan black salt and blend for 30 seconds. Finally your fresh soothing drink is ready to be served. Garnish with mint leaves n lime.

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Watermelon bubbly squash

For this take the reserved concentrate, Pour it in a glass and fun time of adding your bubbly Sprite. Both the quantities of concentrate and sprite depends on your mood 😊 Enjoy as much or as little of soda and garnish with lime.

PhotoGrid_1531343389082.jpgThese Variations are packed with phytochemicals and nutrients your body needs for healthy development. (Benefits are searched from Google.)

  • Watermelon has more lycopene than any other fruit or vegetable, even tomatoes — 20 mg. per 2-cup serving. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant which can reduce inflammation and destroy free radicals.
  • Watermelon is also high in vitamin A and  C and a good source of fiber.
  • Drinking watermelon juice before an intense workout helps reduce next-day muscle soreness and heart rate, according to a 2013 study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
  • Watermelon is the richest natural source of citrulline. And according to a study published by the Florida State University, citrulline is closely related to arginine, which is an amino acid essential for maintaining healthy blood pressure.

Tips:

  • Your juice will only be as good as your watermelon, so find a good one at a farmer’s market or shop.
  • The juice will separate over time, just stir it with a spoon to recombine.
  • Add Ginger ale or any kind of Soda ( Sprite). Ginger ale gives the ginger flavor to the drink which tastes awesome.
  • To really maximize your lycopene intake, let your watermelon fully ripen. The redder your watermelon gets, the higher the concentration of lycopene becomes.
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8 Comments Add yours

    1. Rita says:

      Thank you Surbhi

      Like

  1. Deepa says:

    Awesome , easy & healthy.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Deepa says:

    Awesome, looks healthy & easy to make.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Rita says:

      Yes, it’s really easy n healthy drink to relish upon.

      Like

  3. SpaceNaught says:

    It is an awesome way to add cold drinks in a healthy drink!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Rita says:

      Yep, choose wisely and limit the quantity. 😊

      Like

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