Strawberry watermelon refresher, aka strawberry watermelon juice, is refreshing and delicious. I could not allow summer to pass by without making at least 1 watermelon drink, and this watermelon strawberry refresher is simply delicious.
However, in typical food and mood creations style, let’s discuss the health benefits of the star ingredients before getting to the amazing watermelon strawberry refresher recipe.
Are Strawberries And Watermelon Good For You
Strawberries and watermelon are nutritional superstars. Strawberries are probably one of the most eaten fruits across the globe.
Strawberries contain rich levels of phytochemicals, vitamins, polyphenols, and antioxidants. Furthermore, consuming strawberries is associated with preventing cancer and heart disease.
Eating strawberries may also protect against neuronal damage related to neuronal damage in Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally, strawberries may also increase insulin sensitivity and help you maintain a healthy immune system.
In contrast, watermelon is a rich source of phytochemicals, including lycopene, vitamin C, β-carotene, and polyphenols. These phytochemicals allow watermelon to have anticancer, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant effects.
Antioxidants are particularly important as they prevent free radicals and reactive oxygen species from being formed. This decreases the risk of developing diabetes, certain cardiovascular diseases, cancer, hypertension, and age-related diseases. Additionally, watermelon can also be used to treat obesity, diabetes, and ulcers.
What Has More Carbs Strawberries Or Watermelon
One cup of watermelon has 46 calories, 11.4 grams of which are carbs. In contrast, ironically, 1 cup of whole strawberries has the same amount of calories as watermelon.
The only difference is that strawberries have 11.1 grams of carbs. Nevertheless, strawberries have 8.2 grams of net carbs, and watermelon has 10.8 net carbs. Therefore, strawberries have fewer carbs than watermelon.
Is Watermelon High In Sugar
Since watermelon is naturally sweet, most people assume it’s full of sugar. However, watermelon is low in sugar.
One cup of diced watermelon only contains 9.3 grams of sugar. That’s less than 10 grams of sugar, so watermelon is the perfect fruit to eat if you are craving something sweet.
Tips For Making Watermelon Strawberry Refresher
- Use seedless watermelon. If you use watermelon that has seeds., you will have to strain the watermelon strawberry mixture in a fine-mesh sieve.
- If the watermelon or strawberries are not sweet enough, add your preferred choice of sugar-free sweetener. I used Swerve, but you can use Stevia, honey, maple syrup, or coconut sugar.
- I used 2 cups of sugar-free sweetener, but you may need more or less depending on your taste. Additionally, adding the sugar-free sweetener 1/2 cup to 1 cup at a time is best. This way, the watermelon strawberry juice will not be too sweet or not sweet enough.
- I used frozen strawberries. However, you can use fresh strawberries if desired.
- I used fresh lime juice, but bottled lime juice or lemon juice works quite well in this refresher.
- Chop the watermelon in advance and store it in the fridge. Since the watermelon will already be cold when you make the juice, you won’t have to serve it over ice.
- If you want the refresher to have a slushier texture, add ice cubes to the blender along with the remaining ingredients.
- The watermelon strawberry refresher will separate as it sits in the fridge. Simply stir the refresher before serving it.
- If you want a watermelon strawberry refresher without the pulp, pour it into a fine-mesh sieve set over a bowl. Using the back of the spoon or plastic spatula, push the mixture through the sieve. Next, pour the watermelon strawberry juice mixture into a pitcher and chill it in the fridge or serve it.
How To Make Watermelon Strawberry Refresher Without A Blender
You do not need a blender to make this watermelon strawberry refresher. You can also make it in a food processor.
Alternatively, you can also make it by hand. Simply place the watermelon, strawberries, and lime juice into a pitcher. Mash the fruit using a muddler or wooden spoon until they release their juices.
Add the water and sugar-free sweetener and stir until it dissolves. Next, serve the juice, and you’ve got a watermelon strawberry refresher.
Using this method to make the watermelon strawberry refresher gives you a rustic juice with chunks of strawberries and watermelon running throughout it. However, if you prefer a watermelon strawberry refresher with a smooth texture, strain it before serving it.
How To Store Watermelon Strawberry Refresher
This watermelon strawberry refresher is fresh. So, it does not contain additives that make it last longer.
It’s best to consume the watermelon strawberry refresher on the day it was made. However, it will last 2-3 days in the fridge when stored in an airtight container. Keep in mind that the longer the watermelon strawberry refresher sits, the more nutrients it will lose.
Watermelon Strawberry RefresherCourse: Drinks, VeganCuisine: VeganDifficulty: Easy
Refreshing, sweet, and delicious are the words that will pop into your head when tasting this strawberry watermelon refresher. It’s made from sweet fresh watermelon, frozen strawberries, freshly squeezed tart lime juice, water, and sugar-free sweetener. That’s right, all you need is 5 simple ingredients to make the most refreshing, tasty drink.
3 cups watermelon, diced
2 cups frozen strawberries
Juice of 1 lime
4 1/2 cups of water
1-2 cups sugar-free sweetener
- Place the watermelon, strawberries, lime juice, and 1/2 cup of water into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth combined.
- Pour the mixture into a pitcher along with the remaining water and sugar-free sweetener and stir until combined.
- Serve the strawberry watermelon refresher over glasses filled with ice.
- NUTRITIONAL INFO DISCLAIMER: The nutritional values presented below are only estimates. I don’t have a medical background, nor am I a registered dietitian or certified nutritionist. Therefore, nutritional information shown on foodandmoodcreations.com should only be used as a general guideline.
6 servings per container
- Amount Per ServingCalories31
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 0.1g 1%
- Sodium 7mg 1%
- Potassium 98mg 3%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 1.1g 5%
- Sugars 6g
- Protein 0.6g 2%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
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