#FarmersMarketWeek: Watermelon Cucumber Smoothie

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I think I was around 9 years old when my mom decided she wanted to try gardening. She had always kept up with flowers and things, but we never grew our own food. She chose watermelon and cucumbers and planted them in a bed on the left side of the house.



 I don’t think the watermelon turned out very well as I don’t remember eating a ton of it, but I remember the cucumbers. I think there’s even a picture of me holding a cucumber that’s at least 10 inches long. We had A LOT of cucumber salads that summer…



I’ve joined up with the Festive Foodies this week for an event called #FarmersMarketWeek. We’re getting together and sharing recipes with you using fresh produce or other ingredients you’d find at the Farmer’s Market. Our host is Ellen of Family Around the Table.




Watermelon Cucumber Smoothie
Source: Cookaholic Wife
Servings: 1 smoothie
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Ingredients:
    • ¼ cup water or coconut water
    • 1 cup frozen watermelon*
    • 1 mini cucumber, cut into quarters
    • 1 tbsp honey or sweetener of choice
    • ½ tbsp fresh ginger, peeled
    • Optional: ½ to 1 cup ice

Directions:

1. Combine ingredients in a high powered blender and blend until smooth. Drink immediately.
2. *Note: if you don’t have frozen watermelon, use fresh and add the ice. With frozen watermelon you may or may not need the ice, depending on how thick you like your smoothies. 






Last year I started freezing whatever watermelon we did manage to finish each week. I’ve mixed it up in mixed drinks before, but there was one weekend where I was just feeling crappy. It was one of those days where I’d done too much, ate too little and didn’t drink nearly enough water. I knew if I didn’t do something soon, how I was feeling was going to turn into a full-blown migraine and I’d be useless for the rest of the day. I was thinking about what was refreshing and would hydrate me without having to chug a couple of bottles of water, when I remembered the frozen watermelon.

Looking in the fridge I saw that I also had a few mini cucumbers left as well as some fresh ginger. While I didn’t have an upset stomach, I knew the ginger would still help with how I was feeling. Everything got tossed in the blender and I cringed turning it on, but it came together into a thick slushie/smoothie in maybe a minute using my Vitamix.



I’m not even exaggerating when I say that I had maybe two sips of this and had instantly started to feel better. Its sweet from the watermelon with a hint of spice from the ginger and so refreshing. I started having it as a breakfast smoothie it was just so good.

I like to serve my smoothies in fancy glasses, but this combination of flavors would work really well if you decided to add some tequila or rum to it as well. So whether you’re not feeling great or you just want to use up some watermelon and cucumber, this is the perfect recipe for you to try!

Monday #FarmersMarketWeek Recipes

15 comments:

  1. This sounds very refreshing Nichole. Perfect poolside drink.

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  2. Smoothies are a great way to use up some fruit etc, sounds very refreshing.

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  3. We have a ton of cucumbers right now and a great big watermelon from our CSA. What a great way to make a dent in both!

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  4. I've never had watermelon and cukes together in a smoothie but it sounds very refreshing. Especially if I sneak a little cold vodka in there!

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  5. Add some gin and hand one to me, lol! Sounds yummy.

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  6. Oh, now doesn't this look refreshing!!! A great way to use both cucumbers and watermelon!

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  7. Two of my favorite flavors and they sound delicious together. My Dad had a vegetable garden when I was a kid. I loved helping him.

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  8. This looks like such a yummy and refreshing drink!

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  9. That looks so refreshing! I think I will be trying this real soon!

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  10. What an interesting flavor combo!

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  11. This sounds refreshing and delicious! I am glad it made you feel better!

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  12. i love the flavor combination of watermelon and cucumber. This is a thirst quencher. Adding the ginger is an awesome way to up the health factor too!

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  13. Two deliciously refreshing ingredients in one drink! I've not put cucumber and watermelon together. I've got to try this.

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