Summer weather evokes an image of my 6-year-old self, sitting cross-legged on a picnic blanket, my face buried in a giant wedge of watermelon dotted with shiny seeds (perfect for launching at my little brother). Watermelon wasn’t an everyday fruit in my house, like apples or oranges were. Because of its size, watermelon was reserved for picnics and parties, so my memories associated with it are linked with fun, family, and sunshine.
Watermelon has changed a lot in the years since that happy memory of childhood. The gargantuan melons with ruby red flesh and black seeds still make their appearance at barbecues, but now there are seedless varieties; yellow and orange-fleshed fruits; and my favorite, miniature watermelons that are just right for one person. I buy these personal-sized melons all summer long, using half to make this Watermelon, Feta, and Kalamata Olive Salad or Grilled Watermelon Wedges, and the rest I save for my Shakeology smoothies.
I especially like this Tropical Watermelon Splash recipe that blends watermelon with Tropical Strawberry Shakeology. It’s light and refreshing, and the flavor of the watermelon really shines. For even brighter flavor, I finish it off with a sprinkling of orange zest. Freshly cut watermelon is perfect for smoothies, but I also like to freeze leftover watermelon and use the frozen chunks in place of ice cubes in my smoothies. When the end of the season approaches, I stock up on melons to cut and freeze, so I can continue to enjoy the flavor of summer during the winter.
How to Freeze Watermelon
The next time you have extra watermelon, freeze it for smoothies! Watermelons are made almost entirely of water, so they’re excellent candidates for freezing. Remove the rind and scoop out the flesh with a melon baller, or cut your watermelon into cubes. If your watermelon has seeds, remove them prior to freezing.
Arrange watermelon pieces in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper (so they don’t stick) and then place in the freezer. Once the watermelon is frozen, pack it into freezer bags or containers and store in the freezer until needed. Frozen watermelon pieces can be added to smoothies, pureed for a quick sorbet, or eaten for a refreshing snack when slightly thawed.
Tropical Watermelon Splash Shakeology
Total Time: 10 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: None
Yield: 1 smoothie
1 cup water
1 scoop Tropical Strawberry Shakeology
½ cup cubed watermelon
1 cup ice
1.Place water, Shakeology, watermelon, and ice in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.
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