This Watermelon Smoothie should be a summer staple in your life. It’s made with just 5 ingredients, and tastes unbelievably delicious!
Why Blend Watermelon?
This smoothie was born after I let my 3-year-old use her kid-safe knife to cut our watermelon into chunks. Her cutting skills didn’t leave us with appealing-looking watermelon, so no one in my family wanted to eat it!
Blending it seemed like the next best thing.
To my surprise, everyone in my family adores the taste of this watermelon smoothie. I don’t normally love watermelon-flavored treats, and I also don’t love banana in my smoothie, but this simple combination creates an amazingly refreshing drink.
It’s hard to place your finger on the flavor, other than to say it tastes like you’re drinking summer in a cup.
Benefits of Watermelon
Not that you need any extra reason to eat watermelon (it’s so delicious already!), but here’s what else I love about this hydrating summer fruit.
- It’s a source of lycopene, which may help to lower the risk of certain types of cancer.
- In studies, watermelon supplementation has been shown to reduce stiffness in artery walls.
- Watermelon is rich in antioxidants, like lycopene and vitamin C, which may help to lower inflammation.
- Watermelon juice may help with sore muscle relief after a workout.
- It’s a source of beta-carotene, which along with lycopene, may help protect your skin from sunburn.
Eating fiber-rich and water-rich foods, like watermelon, can also help keep you more regular, so I hope you’ll reach for this smoothie anytime you have extra watermelon on hand.
What Fruit Goes Well with Watermelon?
Watermelon and strawberries are a match made in heaven. They are both mild enough in flavor that they don’t compete with each other, so you get the best of both worlds when you combine them in this smoothie. And they are both in season at the same time, so you’ll get to enjoy them at their peak!
Lime is also a natural compliment to watermelon, so feel free to add a squeeze of lime juice to this watermelon smoothie recipe, if you want a slightly more tangy flavor. I like to add half of a date for sweetness, too, but that’s totally optional.
I would not use raspberries in this smoothie, since they are so tart that they might overpower the subtle flavor of the watermelon. Feel free to experiment with other tropical fruits, though, such as pineapple or mango.
Can Watermelon be Frozen for Smoothies?
Yes, you can freeze watermelon. This recipe calls for fresh watermelon, because that’s what I usually have on hand, and the watermelon here acts as part of the “liquid” base for this smoothie.
If you would rather use frozen watermelon in this recipe, I’d recommend using fresh banana and strawberries, so you won’t have to add too much extra liquid. (Which could dilute the flavor.)
- 1 cup fresh watermelon (cut into 1-inch chunks)
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/2 banana (peeled & frozen, cut into chunks)
- 1/2 cup almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
- 1/2 Medjool date , pitted (optional)
- Add the watermelon, strawberries, banana, almond milk, and date (if using) to a high-speed blender. Blend until very smooth.
- Pour into a glass and serve right away for the best texture.
Nutrition information is for the whole batch. This is automatically calculated, and is just an estimate not a guarantee.
If you try this watermelon smoothie, please leave a comment below letting me know how you like it! And if you make any modifications, I’d love to hear about those, too.
Reader Feedback: What’s your favorite smoothie combination? Be sure to check out my other smoothie recipes for more ideas!