In the kitchen with Kelley: Watermelon agua fresca

Summer’s here and the time is right for dancing in the streets… just make sure you stay hydrated. That means getting plenty of water, but sometimes I just need a little something extra — and this hits the spot…

Watermelon agua fresco is as refreshing as it is delicious. Watermelon is about 92 percent water but what you may not realize, though, is that watermelons are nutrient-rich, too. According to the watermelon.org, it’s an excellent source of lycopene — an antioxidant carotenoid that’s been studied for it’s potential role in reducing risk of heart disease, various cancers and offering skin protection from harmful UV rays — another summertime threat.

Watermelon also contains beneficial levels of vitamins A and C. You might be glad to know that, even though they are sweet, they have a very low glycemic load, which means you would need to eat a LOT to spike your blood sugar. That makes this water sweet, but much easier on blood sugar than sugary drinks.

Watermelon agua fresca
Prep time
15 mins
Total time
15 mins
Author: Kelley Martin
Ingredients
  • 6 pounds seedless watermelon, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 cups water, divided
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
Instructions
  1. In a blender, blend half of the watermelon and 1 cup of water until smooth. Pour through a strainer into a pitcher. Throw away any remaining solids.
  2. Repeat step 1.
  3. Add lime juice and honey to the mixture in the pitcher and stir until thoroughly mixed.
  4. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
  5. To serve, put ice in glasses and pour Watermelon Agua Fresca over the ice.
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By Kelley Martin

Kelley Martin is an award-winning journalist who has been covering the news for more than 20 years. She cooks for her family, and she shares recipes with the readers of Easy Health Options™.