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Watermelon refresher

Recipe by:Timaree Hagenburger
The Nutrition Professor
Cosumnes River College, Sacramento


  • 1 1/2 cups watermelon (with white rind; see tip)
    3/4 cup cucumber chunks
    2 to 4 tbsp. chopped fresh mint
    Zest and juice of 1 lime (see tip)
    Ice cubes
    2 tsp. chia seeds (optional)


Combine all ingredients in a blender, adding as little or as much ice as desired.

The Nutrition Professor's Shop Smart/Prep Smart Tips:

  • Enjoy as much of the white rind as possible, as it contains many helpful phytonutrients, including an amino acid that has been shown to improve blood circulation. Just discard the very outer green layer of skin.
  • Be sure to zest citrus fruits before cutting them into pieces to squeeze the juice. A microplane is my favorite zesting tool. We want the zest, as it may prevent skin cancer.
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