Watermelon & berry drink recipe

Beat the end of summer heat with a refreshing watermelon & berry drink.

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy sweet and juicy watermelon. Melons are high in essential vitamins and minerals, making them an excellent choice for a snack or side dish. They have high levels of vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium and lycopene. Melons play an important role in healing, maintaining healthy teeth, skin, bones and vision, promoting heart health and preventing cell damage.

Beat the heat with this tasty treat, overflowing with juicy benefits.

Strawberry Melon Agua Fresca

1 ¾ cups strawberries, capped and sliced

2 ½ cups watermelon, removed from rind and cut into 1-inch cubes

¼ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped

1 quart plus 1 cup water

Mint sprigs for garnish

Place strawberries and watermelon into a blender and purée until very smooth. Add the mint and blend, then add the water and combine. Serve chilled or over ice with a mint sprig for garnish. Makes 5 servings.

Chef’s note: Other berries can be substituted for strawberries. Don’t like mint? Try fresh basil instead.

Nutrition information per serving:

43.4 calories, 1 g protein, 10.6 carbohydrates, 0.3 g total fat, 0 g saturated fat, 1.8 g dietary fiber, 9.8 g sodium

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