Can you believe it’s fall already? The kids are back into their school routine and fall sports are under way. Strange thing, the weather in upstate NY has not resembled a typical fall pattern and it’s been HOT, like your glad you didn’t close the pool yet type hot. I’m not complaining, my peppers and cherry tomatoes plants are thriving :>)
With the crazy heat wave, one of the ways I have been trying to keep my kids hydrated while they are in school is packing watermelon as one of their snacks. Just one cup of watermelon contains over 90% water, 11 grams of natural sugars and 2 grams of sodium. All the ingredients needed for a natural electrolyte to keep them hydrated. Plus, it is a great source of potassium and Vitamin C to help aid in preventing cramps and promotes healing.
Last weekend, I made what I called "Watermelon Slushies" for my daughter’s softball team as a natural hydration drink. Just as our kids are out on the field playing in the unseasonably hot weather, parents are on the side lines cheering them on, so I made enough to share with parents of course!
Here's my recipe for you to share with your family as well :>)
By Jennifer Bannigan MS RDN
6lbs watermelon (seedless preferred)
2 cups ice (or more depending on juice level of watermelon)
Cut water melon into 3-inch slices and place in blender.
Add ice and blend until mixture becomes a slushy constancy.
Poor into cups and enjoy!
*Depending on type of blender you have, you might have to make in two batches.