Sweet, juicy, watermelons are everywhere, this time of year. Many of us wouldn’t trade a slice of ice cold watermelon on a hot summer day for anything else! Adding pureed watermelon to lemonade makes it a delightfully, refreshing drink. Each serving has 98 calories, 0 grams of fat and 6 Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints. Make this fabulous lemonade for a backyard barbecue or potluck. This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled. Prep the lemonade in advance but add the pureed watermelon just before serving. What a perfect drink to sip during the lazy days of summer!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
3 cups chopped, seeded watermelon
1 cup fresh lemon juice, 4-6 medium lemons juiced
½ sugar and sugar substitute such as Truvia, Stevia or Splenda, to taste
4½ cups water
Watermelon ice cubes, recipe follows (optional)
Lemon slices for garnish, if desired
1. In a blender, add watermelon and puree. Strain to remove any bits of seeds that remain. Pour into a container or bowl, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve lemonade.
2. Combine lemon juice, sugar and 6-8 pkg sugar substitute in a large pitcher. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Add water and mix well. Taste. Add more sugar substitute, if desired. At this point you can refrigerate lemonade until ready to serve.
3. Just before serving, mix in pureed watermelon.
4. Add ice or watermelon ice cubes to pitcher or to each glass and serve.
Makes 6 cups (1 cup per serving)
To Make Watermelon Ice Cubes
Add 3 cups cubed seeded watermelon to a blender and puree. Pour into an ice cube tray. Freeze until solid. This works with any type of melon. Use these cubes to dress up any ice tea or lemonade.
Makes 14 ice cubes
It appears that lemonade origin dates back to medieval Egypt. Even though lemons didn’t originate there, the earliest written evidence of lemonade comes from Egypt. Today it’s such a popular all-American drink.
Lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C. They contain folate, fiber, and potassium.
Watermelon is a good source of pure water and an excellent diuretic. Because of its high water content, watermelon is lower in calories than many other fruits. It’s also packed with lycopene.
Choose lemons with smooth, brightly colored skin with no tinge of green.
When buying a whole watermelon, choose even shaped melons without any flat sides. Slap the side of the melon. If it resounds with a hollow thump it’s most likely ripe.
Add a little vodka and this watermelon lemonade transforms into a sensational adult beverage.
Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints 6
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 3
|SKINNY FACTS: for 1 cup serving
98 calories, 0g fat, 0g sat. fat, omg chol, 1g pro, 27g carbs, 1g fiber, 143mg sod, 22g sugar