Melon Summer Smoothie

IMG_4280Dear rainy days, back off quick because summer is coming and it’s ready to stay!;)

One thing on every one’s mind is beach body season! With summer around the corner motivation is high and spirits are flourishing. When the heat rolls through, the constant “I need to get in shape” or “I need to start eating healthier” statements fly around as often as the sun rises. I am super excited for everyone who wants to start their journey to living a healthier lifestyle and fully support the entire community with my healthy recipe ideas to use as motivation or guidance. I created this smoothie recipe for one of my clients I met with earlier this week because this low calorie smoothie leads her to reach the goals we created while satisfying cravings simultaneously. I made it again this morning to drink on my way to work and I must say, it tastes exactly like summer.

Refreshing, light, hydrating, and so so sweet.

My breakfast recipes tend to be simple, quick, and travel friendly because who really has time in the mornings. I am going to emphasize how important it is to understand how to transform healthy eating into easy recipes because time is always of the essence. All I did was blend a cucumber, frozen watermelon, mango, lime juice, maca power, water, and ice. I am using what is in season because cost and convenience are two focal points I always like to keep in mind. Tis’ the season for farmers markets, shop at the markets closest to you to save every dollar you can. They tend to have a better selection of organic produce compared to grocery stores. You can easily make this recipe into a juice by holding off on the ice and/or adding more water. I prefer smoothie consistency, but if you like a juice, a high end juicer is not required. I use my vitamix 90% of the time because it does not remove the fiber like a juicer does. Plus juicers are 100% more difficult to clean, as least mine is.

This refreshing smoothie will keep you hydrated for those hot summer days. If you decide you are turning up on a Tuesday, feel free to add some vodka in there too. Trust me, it’s a delicious option as well!:)

Melon Summer Smoothie 

IMG_4268Prep Time: 5 minutes

Servings: ~1 (pint) 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup watermelon, cubed 
  • 1/2 cucumber, sliced w/skin
  • 1/2 mango, cubed
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tsp maca powder

Directions:

  1. Blend all ingredients with 1 cup of water and ice. Yep, thats it.

Toppings used: 2 crushed almonds, 4-5 frozen blackberries dropped in at the end (purely for picture purposes ;), also delicious).

Sit back, relax, and sip that sucker down.

Note: I used frozen watermelon for my recipe because I cut a whole melon two days before and froze some. You do not need to do that, if you want a thicker consistency simply add more ice. Adding maca powder is going to be a great natural energy boost in addition to the nutrients you already have like vitamin C, vitamin A, & potassium. I buy my maca powder online from vita cost (least expensive I have found) or organic burst.

This weekend my oldest sister and I will be hosting my other sister’s bridal shower and we are thrilled. The excitement cannot be contained any longer! I am thinking about doing a post of the bridal shower menu/decor/planning/ect. If this is something you would be interested in reading about, please let me know. It is not the general topic I write about, nutrition, so I am unsure if I will post at all. Let me know your opinion! Thanks ya’ll.

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Cheers to summer weather and smoothies! Thanks for visualizing nutrition with me today!

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❤ Rebecca Raymundo, RD, LDN

 Per serving: Calories: 105; Total Fat: 0.4 g (Saturated Fat: 0 g); Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 5.5 mg; Potassium: 394.9 mg; Total Carbs: 26.4 g; Dietary Fiber: 4.9 g; Protein: 2.6 g; Calcium: 6.3%; Vitamin A: 15.2%; Vitamin C: 60.2%; Iron: 4.9%.

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