Spicy Watermelon Cooler

standard September 16, 2014 Leave a response

Unlike most runners, I am a sweaty mess after even a quick 5 mile run in the mornings. It doesn’t matter if I am out in the humid Texas pre-dawn weather, or in an air-conditioned gym. Most mornings I come home looking like I just jumped in the pool. To top it off, I am a very salty sweater, meaning both water and electrolytes are a necessity the rest of the day to get me back to my normal, functioning self.

This smoothie may not look the best (thanks to the pink watermelon and green jalapeno combo), but I promise you it is the perfect refreshing, post-workout drink. It also packs a big afternoon kick to keep you going through the post-lunch slump. With the heat from the jalapeno, hydrating cucumber and watermelon, fizzy kombucha, and added electrolytes, this drink is the perfect pick-me-up to get you through the day.

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Spicy Watermelon Cooler

Serves 1.

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Ingredients:

Steps:

  1. Add all ingredients in order to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Enjoy!

Notes:

I get a bottle of Kosmic Kombucha in each of my CSA deliveries. The Salty Dog flavor has grapefruit, lemon, and lime juices in it, along with ginger and salt (perfect for post-run hydration). Feel free to substitute any citrus and ginger flavored kombucha of choice.

You could also substitute lemon or lime juice for the electrolyte hydrator. I would suggest a pinch of salt and a splash of OJ as well.

Nutrition:

Per Serving: 216 kcal, 42 g carbs, 4 g fat, 6 g protein, 105 mg sodium, 34 g sugar

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Watermelon Mojito Smoothie

standard September 9, 2014 1 response

This week’s recipes were a bit tricky to put together. The number of items that you can blend up in a smoothie get a little interesting, especially when my goal is to get at least two into each recipe. For today’s smoothie, I decided to start a little bold and mix bright, juicy watermelon with bold, intense arugula. Don’t let the green scare you! This is a frosty cool drink on a hot day or after a sweaty workout. The lime and mint balance out the peppery arugula, and the fruit gives it sweetness. A perfect treat for an afternoon pick me up.

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Watermelon Mojito Smoothie

Serves 1.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c arugula
  • 2 T mint leaves
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • 1 T agave nectar
  • 1 c chopped watermelon, frozen
  • 1/2 banana, frozen
  • 1 1/2 c water

Steps:

  1. Add all ingredients in order to a high-speed blender. Blend on high until smooth and frosty.
  2. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy!

Coconut water would also work well here for a little extra hydration. Be generous with the mint and lime if you’re scared of the arugula.

Nutrition:

Per serving: 258 kcal, 54 g carbs, 4 g fat, 5 g protein, 13 mg sodium, 34 g sugar

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