Friday, July 22, 2011

watermelon trumps heat waves

Are you hot? I'm guessing the answer is yes.

Even up here in our northern city, with our breezy sea winds, we are sitting in stagnant, sticky heat. I like summer. I like summer when I live in a place that has central air conditioning. I like summer when I don't have to wear office clothes every day. I like summer when there is a cool pool of water at my disposal anytime.

Unfortunately, none of those conditions are being met this summer. Enter the saving grace of the season, the one unsung hero that makes these sweltering months worth the discomfort: watermelon.


I've always loved watermelon, but since I've reduced my sugar intake so much, it has become that much better. Seriously, this is nature's candy. I believe I could sit with a spoon and half a watermelon and take it down. So when a family friend suggested a new way to serve it up, I had to give it my own twist.

J doesn't like watermelon. I know, I know. It's unbelievable. But since he's also suffering through this oppressive heat wave, I made him a treat too.


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Waterme-lime Mocktail

Ingredients:
12 oz. seltzer or sparkling mineral water
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
4 drops liquid stevia, or to taste
frozen watermelon chunks

Add the first three ingredients to a glass and stir gently with a stir stick. Drop in the watermelon...and be sure to munch it up at the end!


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Spright

Ingredients:
12 oz. seltzer or sparkling mineral water
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
6 drops liquid stevia, or to taste

Mix all ingredients and stir gently with a stir stick.


Stay cool...stay hydrated...and dream of winter...

4 comments:

  1. It's super hot here in IL too...the a/c has not clicked off in 2 days! I'm scared of the bill we'll get after this is over haha.
    The watermelon drink looks super! Sooo pretty it should be on foodgawker :)
    I did not like watermelon as a child, but I'm a fan of it now.

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  2. Thanks so much!

    I was clicking to your blog right as the email popped up that you had commented...weird. =)

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  3. It's steamy hot here in Ohio and I too am living without a/c and a pool, but I am lucky and have a totally casual office dress code (I can even wear flip flops!!!) Thanks for sharing the drinks. I have some watermelon in the fridge so I may give one a try!

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  4. I can't help thinking of you and this post as I'm drinking a new discovery:
    I made green tea sun tea, then diced up strawberries and put them in there to sweeten it up. Yumm :)

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Thanks for making me smile. =)