A few weeks ago when I was doing my grocery shopping, I came across a product in the juice section that caught my attention. The product is called Watermelon Wtr and it is a cold-pressed of watermelon juice that contains the natural electrolyte potassium which plays an important role in fluid balance. I was intrigued to buy it but then I looked at the price and quickly walked away. At my local Ralph’s a 12 oz bottle cost about $3.50 which is pretty steep for such a small amount. After scanning the nutrition label and researching the product, I realized that with a few tools some watermelon, and some extra flavors you could essentially get the same product at home for a MUCH more affordable price. Ever since I first started playing around this recipe, I have been obsessed with it and have made it almost every single week. It is so refreshing and the perfect alternative to store-bought juices and sodas as it completely free of added sugar. The key to this drink coming out so delicious is all about choosing your watermelon. I found a great article to help you pick the sweetest watermelon which will be linked here. The riper your watermelon is, the better your watermelon water will taste so be sure to take your time choosing the perfect watermelon. Before I get into the few ingredients you will need, let’s first talk about what makes watermelon such an awesome fruit!
Nutrition Facts on Watermelon
One of the most beneficial aspects of watermelon is its hydrating properties after all the word water is in the name. Watermelon is made up of about 92% water which makes it a great alternative to just plain water which I understand can get boring sometimes. Not only is it a great way to stay hydrated, but it also contains two very important compounds–citrulline and lycopene. Citrulline is an amino acid that can be found in the white part of the watermelon.
Remember that amino acids are the building blocks of protein and in order to make protein, our body must have all nine of the essential amino acids that must come from our food and are not naturally supplied by the body.
While most people do not eat the white rind of the watermelon because of it’s slightly bitter, it is easy to consume if you include it into this watermelon water. Blended with the sweet part of the watermelon, it is undetectable and makes it easy to get in the citrulline. In order to get any of the health benefits, our body first needs to convert citrulline into the amino acid arginine. Arginine has been associated with improving cardiovascular health as it helps to open up the arteries which in turn lowers blood pressure.
The other chemical compound that is high in watermelon is lycopene which is an antioxidant that gives watermelon its red/pink color. As I’ve mentioned before, antioxidants help to prevent cellular damage that can lead to diseases such as cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, and various forms of cancer. Studies have shown that the consumption of lycopene can help protect against prostate cancer, so all you men out there need to be sure to get enough of this into your diet! Apart from protecting the body from damage, lycopene is also believed to help prevent inflammation in the body which is something to take note of.
Inflamamation is one of the first signals our body gives us to indicate ongoing damage to cells.
I know I’ve covered a lot of information regarding the important phytochemicals in watermelon, but I think it’s important to discuss the benefits of certain foods because then you will be more inclined to eat it. Some other nutrients that can be found in watermelon are:
- Vitamins A, C, & B6
As you can see, watermelons are loaded with nutrients which makes this recipe a much better option than sodas or other sweetened beverages. Now that you know why watermelon is so beneficial, let’s get into the simple things you’ll need to make your own watermelon water.
◊ Makes 90 oz. pitcher
- Half of a large seedless watermelon
- Juice of 2 limes
- Optional: fresh mint
- Cheesecloth (can be found at your local grocery store, Target, & Bed Bath, & Beyond)
- Cut watermelon into large chunks and be sure to include the white rind
- Place watermelon chunks into a blender along with lime juice to blend until combined
- Place cheesecloth overtop of the pitcher and strain out any seeds and large chunks of pulp
- Continue to strain mixture until all seeds and large pulp chunks have been removed
- Add sprigs of fresh mint into the pitcher, mix to combine, and allow to refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- Serve in a chilled glass with a wedge of lime and enjoy!
NOTE: When refrigerating, the watermelon water will naturally separate but all you need to do is mix it with a spoon/ladle and you’re good to go!
I hope you enjoy this recipe and love it just as much as I do! I find it so refreshing and a nice break from water when I’m craving something sweet. Not only does it quench my thirst, but I also find myself to be more energized and alert after drinking this water! Instead of spending $3.50 on a single drink, why not spend $5 on a full sized watermelon to make as much of it as your heart desires! If you try out this recipe for yourself be sure to tag @lifeatthemesa in the picture as I would love to see how it turns out for you! Thank you so much for stopping by and as always I wish you the best of luck!
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