Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Watermelon Slushie

It was a hot day. We spent our morning doing Daycare Olympics and everyone in the house had a heat headache. We needed a good, refreshing treat. I had a large watermelon sitting on the counter. Now, I could have done the usual thing and cut it up into cubes, serve it for snack, and call it good. But I wanted something different. 

At our local farmers market a couple of weeks ago, I hit up one of my favorite fruit juice stands. This stand serves pineapple, watermelon, and coconut juices fresh and right out of the carved out rinds. It's easily my second favorite thing to get at the market, right after pupusas. 

Anyways, I decided this would be the day to give it a try at home. It's incredibly easy, no added sugar, only a few added minutes because you're scooping, blending, and then serving rather than scooping/cutting and serving. Here's how I made this amazing summer treat:

  • 1 watermelon (cut in half and scooped out)
  • Ice
  • 1 lime
  • Blender

Cut your watermelon in half and scoop all of the watermelon out. Put scooped out pieces into a separate bowl. Clean the outside of your watermelon halves (that have been scooped clean) and set aside. This next part can take awhile. Depending on the size of your melon, you likely have a lot more melon than what your blender can hold. Fill your blender halfway with scooped out pieces. Add in a handful of ice. Blend until smooth. Pour out of the blender into one of the halved watermelons. Repeat until all of your scooped out melon is in slushie form and into a watermelon half.

Serve with straws. Garnishing with lime optional.

* you may end up with way more slushie than you bargained for, depending on the size of your watermelon. I filled cups with our extra, but you could also put extras into popsicle form or save it for later in the refrigerator.

** other add-ins that sound delicious: vodka (for the adult crowd obviously), yogurt or ice cream, berries or mango