Lo-Cal Frozen Watermelon Lemonade

Thursday, July 2, 2015
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My son doesn't like most vegetables. Fair enough -- a lot kids are picky when it comes to leafy greens and other garden goodies. What I can NOT understand is that, with the exception of apples, he doesn't even like fruit. The only way he will eat most fruits is if they are juiced or blended into a smoothie.

One of my favorite foods is watermelon and since summer hit, I've been addicted. I've been trying to get Julian to join in but the most I am able to get in him is a tiny sliver that sometimes get spit right back out. Ridiculously, he loves watermelon bubble tea, which at our local Korean cafe, is no more than frozen watermelon blended with water and sugar with boba on the bottom. This gave me an idea.

I could make my own frozen watermelon slushie at home without all the processed white sugar. Since Julian's favorite beverage is lemonade, I decided to add some fresh lemon to the mix. The resulting frozen drink is a seriously awesome treat on hot summer day. Make it virgin for the kids and throw in a shot of vodka or white rum for the grown ups if you want. Just don't get them confused.

Lo-Cal Frozen Watermelon Lemonade Recipe

Ingredients for 1 large serving:
1 heaping cup watermelon cubes, frozen
1/2 cup crushed ice
1 cup water
juice of 1/2 lemon
stevia or agave nectar to taste
Optional: 1 shotglass full of booze
Also optional: sprig of mint

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1. Freeze some watermelon. I think the proper way is to lay the cubes on a parchment lined tray and then put them in a storage baggie after they have frozen so they aren't stuck together. But I'm lazy so I just threw it straight in the bag and then broke up the frozen pieces by slamming the bag on the counter.

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2. Juice 1/2 a fresh lemon.

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3. Put the watermelon, lemon, and all remaining ingredients into your blender. I used a couple pinches of pure stevia for mine and 1-2 tablespoons of agave nectar for Julian but you'll want to adjust this based on how much lemon you added, how sweet your watermelon, and your personal taste.

frozen_watermelon_lemonade (4 of 7) 4. Blend it all up, pour into a big ol' mug, and garnish with mint and a fancy straw, if desired. Drink up!

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