How to Drink a Watermelon (and Why You Should)
Summer is almost over, and I might be panicking just a tiny bit about that. To keep summer going strong, I’ve latched on to that summertime classic—watermelon. Here’s the thing about watermelon, though—I’m the only person who eats it at home, so I’m normally only half way through a melon before it starts to go all mushy and sour. A few weeks ago I decided if I can’t eat, I can drink it, and my new juice obsession was born. Now I’m buying watermelon expressly for the juice, and I’m sharing it with anyone who will have a glass. The grocery store keeps selling these mini seedless watermelons for $2.99 a pop, and they make over 32 ounces of juice. Even better news—juicing a watermelon is not hard, annoying or time consuming and it doesn’t require a fancy juicer.
But first, let me give you a few good reasons to juice a watermelon besides that brilliant color and taste.
If you’re worried about the sugar content, don’t be too hard on yourself. This is fruit we’re talking about, not that ice cold KitKat you’ve been stashing in the freezer for movie night and then ate for breakfast. It can happen. Admittedly, watermelon does rank high on the glycemic index, but watermelon is more than just sugar water. It’s high in iron, lycopene, vitamins A, B6 and C plus amino acids and potassium. Pretty nutritious stuff. Lycopene alone—that cancer-fighting antioxidant that gives fruit and vegetables their red pigment—makes watermelon an attractive choice. Plus the amino acid it contains can improve circulation and blood flow. I can keep providing reasons to love this melon, but let’s just agree that something that brightly colored is bound to have health benefits.
Now to the important part—how to juice a watermelon without a ton of work.
First, buy a nice melon. Look for a mini seedless watermelon or go for half of a big one. Cut the melon in half, and use a big spoon to scoop out the flesh directly into a blender. This is a super quick process since watermelon is soft and very scoopable. Blend on high until the watermelon is liquefied. This will only take about 30 seconds. Now here’s the part where a special kitchen tool comes in handy. If you own a nut milk bag (you can buy one for less than $10) then your watermelon juice is about to be sublime. Strain the watermelon puree through the nut milk bag into a large bowl or pitcher. I like to strain into a big bowl and then use a funnel to pour the juice into a bottle. There will be very little pulp that gathers in the nut milk bag, but this small bit of filtration makes the juice feel like you’re on a vacation. A summer vacation.
Do you have a watermelon obsession? How are you spending the last days of summer?
*originally published summer 2015