Tangy Sweet Summertime Refresher

watermelon-lime-basilIn the summertime, you want a juice that is refreshing and hydrating. This juice capitalizes on ingredients that are abundant and cheap during the summer, so this will not cause you to go out of your way to find a ton of obscure ingredients. If you don’t have a basil plant in your yard or window sill, it is a great plant to grow. It grows easily with little care and can yield lots of basil continually. Basil goes great on many different food items and can add a heavy dose of flavor to healthy foods, saving you money and helping you to avoid using unhealthy ingredients.

Basil has antioxidant and antibacterial properties, so it can help protect your body against summer colds and other threats. Basil can also help to protect against blood clots. The fleshy red part of the watermelon is high in lycopene, a phytonutrient that is great for both cardiovascular and bone health. However, research has found that the rind of the watermelon is also high in nutrients, boasting a heavy dose of citrulline. Citrulline coverts to arginine in the body, which can help keep the cardiovascular system healthy and can also stop the body from accumulating excess fat in fat cells. Limes detoxify the body, helping to prevent kidney stones and gall stones, as well as preventing breast cancer. This juice may taste tart or earthy because of the basil, lime, and lemon rind, so it may take some getting used to for beginner juicerheads.

Ingredients

  • ¼ watermelon, with rind
  • 1 lime
  • 1 cup of fresh basil

Recipe

  • Wash all produce thoroughly, soaking basil to remove trapped dirt
  • Cut the watermelon to fit in the juicer
  • Remove the rind from the lime
  • Juice watermelon and lime, then basil
  • Mix well to combine flavors
  • Drink quickly for highest nutritional value
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