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Homemade Watermelon Lemonade, the Perfect Summer Sipper
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 and 0 grams of fat. 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
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 98kcal

Ingredients

  • 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
  • cups water
  • Watermelon ice cubes, recipe follows (optional)
  • Lemon slices for garnish, if desired

Instructions

  • 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.
  • Combine lemon juice, sugar and 6-8 packages 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.
  • Just before serving, mix in pureed watermelon.
  • Add ice or watermelon ice cubes to pitcher or to each glass and serve.

Notes

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.

Food Facts

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.

Healthy Benefits

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.

Shopping Tip
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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.

Serving Tip

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, 0mg chol, 1g pro, 27g carbs, 1g fiber, 143mg sod, 22g sugar
 

Skinny Facts

Serving: 1cupCalories: 98kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 1gSodium: 143mgFiber: 1gSugar: 22gPlus Points: 3