Summer melons are some of my absolute favorite fruits! Watermelon, Sharlyn, Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Casaba, Lemon Drop, Crenshaw, and Canary, the choices are endless and there is no melon I won’t eat. There is something about the juicy texture and sweet flavor of melons that is so satisfying to me especially on a hot day.
I just bought a beautiful watermelon at the market and all I could think about driving home was all the delicious recipes I would make with this melon. Once I got home, I started cutting up the melon and dividing it into smaller portions for my recipes. Of course I couldn’t resist eating a bunch of it immediately after I cut it! YUM…
The first recipe I made with my melon was a cold watermelon soup that was so good I ate it all before I could get a picture of it for the blog. I guess I need to make this soup again, photograph it, and try to show a small amount of restraint so I can share the recipe with all of you! Next I took the remaining cubed watermelon and put it in the freezer so I could create a yummy frozen drink and some watermelon lemonade later.
Since I’m all about making tasty recipes that offer health benefits to the body, I put together a fantastic frozen watermelon pineapple smoothie that will help you fight chronic inflammation and quench your thirst at the same time! Juicy red watermelon, pineapple, orange, coconut milk, coconut water, ginger, and turmeric come together to create a delectable frozen smoothie that will have you wanting more!
Ripe red watermelon is a wonderful fruit to eat to protect your body against the effects of chronic inflammation. Watermelon is high in vitamin C, vitamin A, beta-carotene, and lycopene which are key antioxidants that protect the body against cell damage and the effects of chronic inflammation.
Pineapple has a special enzyme called bromelain which helps promote healthy digestion by breaking down protein. Bromelain is also a potent anti-inflammatory that protects your body from the effects of chronic inflammation.
Turmeric is a rhizome that can be eaten fresh or dried and ground into a powder. It’s a very popular spice especially in Indian cuisine. Turmeric is one of my top choices for fighting inflammation and cleansing the blood. Turmeric’s potent health benefits are due to the presence of the antioxidant curcumin which has been widely studied and praised for its beneficial properties. Reduction of inflammation and pure blood helps keep you healthy and energized.
Coconut Water & Coconut Milk
Coconut water and coconut milk are two of my favorite beverages to use for hydration and health. Coconut water is an isotonic beverage that is an excellent source of potassium, calcium, and magnesium which are important electrolytes that replenish and keep your body hydrated. Staying hydrated especially in hot weather keeps you healthy and full of energy. Coconut water also contains B vitamins, amino acids, enzymes, and antioxidants. Coconut milk contains important medium chain fatty acids that have potent anti-inflammatory properties along with helping protect the body against free radical damage.
Ginger is a rhizome that has a slightly spicy flavor that pairs well with melons. Ginger contains high amounts of potassium and is a potent anti-inflammatory due to the presence of gingerol.
If you are eating really healthy foods but still having issues with your health and chronic inflammation, you need to find out if you have sensitivities or intolerances to the foods you’re eating. The foods which we put into our body on a daily basis can either help protect against sickness, inflammation, and aging or increase it.
That’s why it’s important for everyone to make food and lifestyle choices that enhance your health. The Alcat test that we offer is a very reliable way to find out exactly what foods, food additives, medicinal herbs, functional foods, food colorings, molds, and chemicals you have sensitivities to so you can eliminate them from your life and start to feel better. Feel free to contact us if you want to learn more about this wonderful test.
I hope that you enjoy this fantastic whole foods smoothie and make it often so you can stay healthy and inflammation free!
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Anti-Inflammatory Frozen Watermelon Pineapple Smoothie
Vegetarian, Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
Makes 2 servings
2 cups frozen watermelon flesh—cut into 2-inch chunks
1 cup frozen organic pineapple—cut into 2-inch chunks
1 orange—peeled, white pith and seeds removed
½ cup organic coconut milk—preservative free
1½ cups organic coconut water—sugar free (a good brand to try)
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
½ teaspoon organic turmeric powder
2-3 drops liquid stevia or 1 teaspoon raw honey—optional
1. Place all ingredients in a high speed blender. Blend until smooth and frosty. Spoon into serving glasses and enjoy with a spoon or large straw.