This smoothie is summer in a glass! It’s so refreshing during whenever temperatures soar, and it’s perfect for summertime activities. I first started making this the day after we hiked Turtle Mountain in Crowsnest Pass, Canada, and I downed a 32 ounce jar in record time.
We had just spent the last week making all sorts of smoothies with my 3 year old nephew, who absolutely loves them, and knows no end of enthusiasm for all things blended! Smoothie has now been pronounced “Smoodieee!” (the way he said it) in our house ever since. We came up with a few really good combinations, but this one was by far my favorite because it’s the perfect thirst quencher.
It’s been a couple years now since we first made this smoothie, and it’s still our summertime favorite! I get the craziest looks, (and comments) when people see me pushing my cart through Costco with 3 gigantic watermelons in it. They always think I must be throwing the biggest BBQ party ever, and they’re always stunned to learn than in fact I’m just buying that much watermelon for me and my husband. Since we’re both crazy about watermelon, and it’s only really good in the summer, we tend to go through a lot!
We’ve actually developed a couple of watermelon drinks and smoothies over time, and you’ll be seeing our favorite drink to take hiking soon – the Watermelon Thirst Quencher. I never quite got around to getting the measurements down last year, but this year’s a different story, and I’ve got you covered in the watermelon department this summer season!
You can make as much smoothie as your blender can hold, or you can par back a little for a single serving. First, split your watermelon open, and scoop out enough to fill a Vita-Mix blender, or other high speed blender. You will have about 9 cups of watermelon pieces, and 6 cups of watermelon purée after blending. Nine cups of watermelon is about 3 pounds. The watermelon that I bought weighed 18 pounds, so I’ll be making this everyday this week! After blending the watermelon, add the lemon juice and frozen strawberries to the blender. Blend until smooth, and drink with great enthusiasm right away!
Here’s to the long, hot days of summer – I’m going to enjoy every minute while it lasts!
- 9 cups watermelon pieces, seedless
- 12 ounces of frozen strawberries
- ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- optional sweetener if your fruit isn't perfectly ripe
- Place the watermelon pieces into a blender and blend until smooth.
- Add the strawberries and lemon juice and blend again until smooth.
- Serve right away or refrigerate for up to 1 day.
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