Summer Cool Down

Need some new summer salad recipes? The following recipes are from Hillary’s own recipes and some of Express Nutrition’s clients’ favorites.

We all recognize watermelon as a very summer fruit. Whether in picnics or frozen for dessert it brings everyone some memory of summer. Its high water content always makes it refreshing in drinks, salads, and even ice cubes.  And it’s almost watermelon season here in Panama.

The real question is did you know that despite being mainly water (94%)and sugar(6%), watermelons are actually a very good source of Vitamin C (which provides protection against immune system deficiencies) and Vitamin A (which promotes good eyesight).

The red flesh of a watermelon is also a significant source of phytochemicals, in particular one known as lycopene. Lycopene is also found in tomatoes and is a nutrient with proven cancer protection benefits.

So let’s get slicing!

Watermelon Basil Salad (serves 2)

This recipe has one over even the most doubtful of watermelon connoisseurs. Its favors are unique, mixing the sweet with the savory. Not only is the watermelon healthy but the basil is full of flavonoids  and provides an amazing protection against unwanted bacterial growth. So eat this salad and you are guaranteed to feel better about your health!

Ingredients:

4 cups of cubed watermelon

½ cups fresh basil leaves

¼ cup crumbled Feta cheese (optional)

pinch of sea salt

pinch of black pepper

Directions:

Lightly toss all ingredients together and serve. Under two minutes of preparation, nutrition, refreshing and delicious!

Watermelon Lime Pops

Sunny days, no school, make something incredible for your kids today! Pops are always a hit with kids and adults alike, these ones make a fun summer project and teach our kids how to make something delicious and sweet that also is good for us!

Ingredients:

Seedless watermelon
Mint

Lemon Ice Cream:

Ingredients:

Watermelon

2 T. lemon juice

shaved ice
frozen coconut milk

Directions:

Freeze one can of thick coconut milk

Open it and only use the solid cream on top, place in a blender or food processor with 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 cup of shaved ice. Blend on pulse not allowing the mixture to become watery.

Place watermelon in a plastic cup, filling 2/3 of the cup (you can cut it to fit or blend it and pour in). Put the lemon ice cream mixture on top, place a popsicle stick in the middle and freeze for 1-2 hours

Voila!

Watermelon Mint Iced Tea 

A delicious kick to regular iced tea. This recipe is a great cocktail when having guests over or for your summer beach/pool party. Keep your guests intrigued and never bored with this very unique and flavorful drink recipe. You can change the mint for peppermint and even add a bit of lime. Mix with vodka for an adult version as well!

Ingredients:
3 cups watermelon
10 fresh mint leaves

Black tea (strength up to you)
½ gallon of boiled  water

Seep tea in a 1 gallon jar for 10 minutes. Let cool. Place in a blender with 10 mint leaves and 3 cups of watermelon

Refrigerate until nice and cold and drink as you desire.  Will save up to 24 hours.  Enjoy!

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