Happy Watermelon Wednesday!
Okay, not really but Watermelon and Wednesday both start with ‘w’ so why not?
When we were in Greece, my picky little princess started eating watermelon and loved it. After every meal in Greece, they serve a wonderful fresh fruit plate and since watermelon is always in season when we’re there, it’s always the highlight of the plate. Now that I’ve found something Phoebe will consistently eat, we always have it in the house now.
I make smoothies every morning to start my day out right. Typically, I use water, spinach, frozen berries, pineapple, and banana. I decided to throw my smoothie routine a curve ball by using some watermelon, lime, ginger, and aloe.
Not like the kind you rub all over your sunburn. If you have a Whole Foods nearby, you can actually buy whole aloe leaves. The gel that’s inside is what’s processed to make aloe gel for skin. It can also be consumed and is supposedly very healthy.
How do you get the gel? Cut off the spiny edges, the top and bottom. Glide a knife through the inside near the skin to remove one of the sides of the leaves. With the gel side facing up, score it like you would an avocado. Run your knife underneath the section you’ve scored and you’ll have little blocks of aloe gel! If there are any yellowy bits, throw them away because they have can have a laxative effect (not how anyone wants to start their day).
I made this more like an agua fresca, so there’s no ice cubes and it’s not as thick as a smoothie. For the summertime, this is perfectly refreshing. A little tequila or rum would knock this out of the ballpark!
- 1 cup cold water
- 4 cups of cubed watermelon, de-seeded
- juice of one lime
- 4 thin slices of peeled fresh ginger
- 1/4 cup aloe gel
- In a blender, combine water, watermelon, lime juice, ginger, and aloe gel. Blend until well combined and no large chunks of watermelon remain.
- To prepare the aloe, cut off the spiny edges and the top and bottom portion. Glide a knife on the underside of one side of the skin to remove it. With the gel side up, score it into cubes, similar to how you would score an avocado. Carefully glide your knife underneath the scored section to remove the gel.