The recipe is for fresh watermelon mint juice that you don’t have to juice! This is such a refreshing beverage with multiple health benefits. In Chinese medicine, watermelon is a cooling food which reduces heat signs, tonifies the yin and blood sugar imbalances. Watermelon helps to relieve you from summer heat. It is also used to help treat depression, inflammations of the kidney and urinary tract system, edema, and treats thirst and dehydration.
Furthermore, it helps to build body fluids and moistens intestines (Pitchford, 1993). Watermelon is alkalizing, which means it helps reduce acidic conditions and inflammation, making it less likely that disease will take hold in your body.
When cutting up your melon don’t be afraid to get close to and include some of the rind (if it’s organic). The rind contains a compound known as citrulline. Citrulline helps protect against free-radical damage and converts into arginine (an important amino acid that helps dilate your blood vessels and improve circulation). If you are using a juicer you can juice half of the rind of an organic watermelon.
Recipe for Fresh Watermelon Mint Juice
Yield: 5 cups of juice
- 1/2 small watermelon seeds and rind removed (2 1/2 pounds, 1000g or more)
- Juice of one lime
- 3 sprigs or more fresh mint
- 6 ice cubes
- 1/2 cup water
- Deseed the watermelon, remove rind and place in blender (should be around 4 or 5 cups)
- Wash and place mint leaves in blender along with ice and lime juice
- Blend on high for 30 secs, taste and adjust to taste
- Garnish with a pretty mint sprig