Phew, it’s been hot! The kind of hot that you get that makes you not want to eat. Some would say not eating is great, but I disagree. There’s nothing more enjoyable than eating. But when it’s been so hot and you don’t feel like eating what do you do?
I love buying watermelon and I usually buy a whole one because it seems so much more economical but when there is too much and it goes off and you throw it out, the economics fall down. I bought a watermelon at Christmas and there was way too much of it to eat. There was way too much of everything to eat. Remember what happened when I had leftovers too many days in a row? You can read about it here.
This time I was smart. It happens sometimes. Or maybe it was my husband who was smart (he doesn’t read this so I’m going to claim it was me!). I froze the left-over watermelon, cut it up into chunks and then froze it in smaller portions.
And now that it’s hot I can defrost it and make slushies. I’ve done this before. So maybe I am smart.
Watermelons are one of the most hydrating fruits you can eat. They contain around 95% water, so eating it is like drinking. Surely you can knock off one of those pesky 8 glasses you have to consume everyday. And it’s also packed full of good stuff – vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, antioxidants, amino acids and lots of lycopene (this gives watermelon its red colour amongst other things).
Rather than have just a plain old watermelon slushie, I decided to mix it with kale. And then it turned green.
So watermelon and kale, sweets and greens, all in one drink.
Kale is one of those new superfoods that you hear everyone talking about. But I just love it because it’s green. And we’ve known forever that we need to eat more greens. I’m a big fan of mixing the greens in with the sweets and the overarching taste is sweet but you still get the benefits of green. Win-win.
The lycopene from the watermelon is pretty important in this slushie because once you mix in the kale, it turns an icky green colour. The slushie tastes like watermelon but looks like kale. It takes a little getting used to.
The other ingredient I added was spearmint? Why? Because it’s completely taking over my garden. I need to put it in everything at the moment. Hmmm, maybe I can freeze that. I was warned it would take over, but I just got super excited that I was actually growing something that I didn’t want to take it out. And we’ve had lots of rain here, so it’s getting a bit out of control.