Well, I think we have finally reached those dog days of summer. It’s so hot that you break a sweat walking from your house to the pool. Man—what I wouldn’t give for a pool! In NYC, everyone is sweating walking to their destinations and waiting in hot subway tunnels. During this time, there’s one word that you will hear every Nutritionist preach: hydration! Dehydration is common during these hot summer months, especially if you spend any time exercising outdoors. The only way to avoid dehydration is to drink enough water. Yet, people often refer to water as a boring staple in the diet, but it doesn’t have to be! This simple 5 minute, 2-ingredient recipe for Watermelon Lime Ice Cubes will quickly flavor your water without any added sugar. Make them ahead of time and add to water or seltzer for a sweet and refreshing hydrating drink.
Makes 1 tray of ice cubes
2 cups watermelon
juice of 1 lime
handful of mint leaves (optional)
- Place watermelon and lime juice in a food processor or blender and blend until it’s a liquid consistency.
- Pour the liquid into the ice cube tray. Freeze for at least 2 hours.
- When ready to serve, chop a handful of fresh mint leaves and place in a cup. You can omit the mint, if desired. Pop the cubes out (you may need to use a knife to get them out) and place in the cup with the mint.
- Pour the water or seltzer over the cubes. They will dissolve over time.
- Watermelon juice has been show to alleviate muscle soreness.
- Watermelon is a good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and Potassium.
- Vitamin A is important for maintaining eye health as we age.
- Vitamin B6 is needed to break down protein. More Vitamin B6 is needed with greater protein intake.
- The potassium and water in watermelon can help prevent muscle cramps. Pack some in a cooler for your next beach volleyball game!