Watermelon & Beet Smoothie
Summer - she's a coming! How do I know? The appearance of large globes of bright green stripped watermelon! Heavy with sweet juice and bright pink flesh, watermelons are the most refreshing and crave-able snack for any hot summer day. When one of these beauties appeared in my kitchen, I pulled out my blender and started throwing in ingredients starting with watermelon! Deliciousness and fun-in-the-sun summer time is straight ahead!
As a sustainability option, watermelon (though bursting with juice and a great source of hydration for humans) actually only needs minimal water in order to grow. Just 1-2 inches of rain per week; the exact same necessity as strawberries (also in this smoothie and my favorite food on the planet!) But, a watermelon produces much more food than a strawberry for the same amount of resource. Did you also know that watermelon gets it's beautiful interior from lycopene (which is an antioxidant and may help lower your risk of cancer or diabetes)? In fact, watermelon has more lycopene than any other fruit or vegetable; even tomatoes (an often touted source for health benefits of this antioxidant).
Keep this smoothie on rotation because it is ready to boost your health and lower your water footprint!
2 cups fresh watermelon (chunked)
7-8 fresh strawberries (hulled)
1/4 cup chopped & peeled red beet (raw)
3-4 frozen cauliflower florets
Note: if you want less "juice" consistency and more "cream" in this smoothie, increase your cauliflower florets up to 5-6 range.
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (Garden of Life - Plant-based Sport)
1/4 cup orange juice
2 cups oat milk
Place all ingredients above (and in the order above) in a high-speed blender.
If you have a Vitamix with a Smoothie option (~1 minute); just click it and clean up while your smoothie blends. Once smooth, pour & enjoy!
If you do not have a Vitamix with a Smoothie option; turn on your blender to low. In increments of 10-20 seconds gradually turn your blender to high. Blend on high for ~1-2 minutes (or until smooth), using a tamper or scraping down the sides as needed.
If you enjoyed this recipe, I'd love to hear about it so let me know!
With love & hope for a better future for all of us - Jamie