Those that know me know that saying I love color is an understatement. I am all about color (For the record, my favorite is orange). Give me bold, bright, and daring hues! For that reason, I’m not too upset about summer sticking around just a little longer. My summer wardrobe is vibrantly more colorful than my fall and winter, especially in the shoe department. As much as I love my leather riding boots, I will be sad to put away my stop light yellow, watermelon pink, lime green, and neon orange stilettos and peep toes.
And don’t get me started on my running gear. I have three half marathons lined up between now and next spring. Training starts on the 15th and all I have to look forward to over the fall and winter are black leggings, black leggings, and oh, more black leggings. You think my work shoes sounds crazy, you should see what I run in during the summer months! Oh wait, running in the summer is crazy enough, huh? I totally agree. That’s why when Sue asked me to sign up for some summer races, I told her she was una chica loca!
She kept pressing me, though. “C’mooooonn, chiiiica! Just a 5K?” To which I responded rhetorically, “Do you know how hot and humid it’s going to be out there?!” Then she found an evening run…with glow sticks…that benefited a cancer charity. I caved. Silly me also thought, what’s 3.1 miles after running 13.2? Well, in the heat…3.1 miles feels like a spring half marathon. That’s where this delicious, hydrating (and pretty!) watermelon juice comes in. (BTW how many drinks this pretty are actually good for you??)
Like many of you, there is always watermelon in my house during the summer. It’s one of the few foods I can handle on hot days. Then, during our family vacation I came across a blurb in Fitness Magazine’s June issue about watermelon water. Apparently it’s been fashionable this summer, but this was the first time I had heard of it. Watermelon, water? Sounds tasty to me!
Apparently it’s great for muscle recovery after a hard workout, not just re-hydration, too! Watermelon has an amino acid, L-citruline (also found in onions and garlic), that improves oxygen delivery to your muscles. A study conducted by the Technical University of Cartagena in Spain further explained that L-citrulline does this by helping remove lactic acid (the stuff that causes your soreness) at a faster than normal rate, hence a quicker recovery period. Did I mention what a pretty pink this watermelon juice makes?
So, summer, as long as you’re sticking around, let the colors and watermelon juice keep on coming!
Watermelon Agua Fresca
- Pour cubed watermelon into a blender and puree.
- Place a mesh sieve or a cheesecloth lined colander over a large bowl and pour watermelon puree through the sieve/colander.
- With a flat spatula, gently push the watermelon solids to help squeeze out more watermelon juice
- Repeat steps 2 and 3, once or twice more if desired.
- Discard watermelon solids and pour juice into a pitcher. Refrigerate to chill.
- Watermelon juice will separate. When ready to drink, shake or stir before serving.
Bonus Recipe: Watermelon “Soda”
My favorite way to drink watermelon juice like this: Over crushed ice, fill half to 3/4 a glass with watermelon juice. Top off with sparkling mineral or soda water (preferably lime or other citrus flavored). Squeeze in some fresh lime juice and serve. So refreshing!
P.S. Stay tuned for the watermelon margarita I’ll be sharing in the near future!