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Refreshing Watermelon Fruit Juice

Aug 01, 2023 12:00AM ● By Tiffany Hinton

Watermelon Photo credit by dashu83 for AdobeStock 170956045

Summer is in full swing, and August tends to be one of the hottest months for the Chicagoland area. Along with the plants in our gardens, our bodies need water to cool and feel our best. The human body is approximately 90 percent water, and with summer heat, hydration is vital for our health.

Watermelon, a large fruit related to other melons, as well as the cucumber, is comprised of almost 91 percent water and gives our bodies a boost in hydration. It’s also a good source of vitamin C, potassium, copper, vitamin B5, vitamin A, the amino acid citrulline and lycopene, an antioxidant.

Other fruits in this recipe, along with beets, give this fresh juice a boost of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to help the body stay hydrated.

Yield: 4, 8-oz servings

1 lime, peeled and juiced
1 pineapple, peeled and cut
4 cups cubed watermelon
¼ beet, chopped
1 tsp rose water
Basil or mint to taste (optional)

Process the ingredients in a juicer, with the lime going first. Add the rose water into the mixture last. Feel free to strain to get a smoother, richer juice. Add the basil or mint if you like or top as a garnish.

If the juice does not come out to be 32 ounces, juice more pineapple or watermelon to add more liquid.

Serve over ice for a refreshing beverage.

Note: A high-speed blender can be used in place of the juicer, and then strained through cheesecloth to remove pulp.

Recipe courtesy of Tiffany Hinton, founder of Cultivating Guts. Connect online at 
@iamtiffanyhinton and listen to her podcast, Cultivating Guts, on Spotify or iTunes.