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Strawberry Watermelon Mint Agua Fresca
 

Strawberry watermelon mint agua frescas are a refreshing seasonal drink that’s great on a warm, summer day!

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Sadly, summer is coming to an end, which means my favorite fruit, watermelon, will no longer be in season. Well, instead of being sad about it, I’ve decided I am just going to make strawberry watermelon mint agua frescas until I can’t anymore!

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Agua frescas are refreshing fruit drinks that are made simply with blended fruit, lime juice, and sometimes sweetener. It is best to use seasonal fruit so that it’s fresh and naturally more sweetened, making it unnecessary to add sugar.

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What I love about agua frescas is that the juice can be unfiltered, which means more fiber and more nutrients! You do not need to add any extra sweetener unless you absolutely want to, especially if you have picked a perfectly ripe and sweet fruit! So, not only are you avoiding extra sugar, you are also getting in your vitamins with this refreshing drink!

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I’ve raved about the benefits of watermelon in other blog posts (check out my watermelon salad and watermelon lime refresher recipes)! However, you can make agua frescas with just about any type of fruit like cantaloupe, cucumber, pineapple, strawberries, melon, mango or watermelon. This recipe is crazy simple and easy to follow, so feel free to mix things up depending on what you have on hand that’s ripe and in season.

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If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo to #fromtherootsblog on Instagram. We love seeing what you come up with!


Strawberry watermelon mint agua frescas are a refreshing seasonal drink that’s great on a warm, summer day!

INGREDIENTS

  • Half of small seedless watermelon

  • 1 cup fresh strawberries

  • 2 large mint leaves

  • Juice of two limes

  • 1-2 Tbsp sweetener (if you are using a perfectly ripe and sweetened fruit, then this is optional)

  • 1/2 cup filtered water

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Taste, and add more lime or sweetener if necessary.

  2. Serve immediately, over ice.

 
Watermelon Lime Refresher
 

Watermelon lime refresher is just that! A refreshing drink that is sure to cool you down and keep you hydrated during the summer time!

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This drink was actually made by mistake as I was creating an agua fresca recipe which is coming to the blog soon!

Here’s the story if you are interested: I only had thirty minutes to make the recipe, take pictures of my lovely creation, and clean up before working out so I had to go fast! My husband helped me out by walking the dogs so that I could focus. As soon as he came back I would be done. It would have been perfect timing!

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Well, we executed our plan. When he came back inside, I let him sip the drink and he was like, “This tastes amazing, but weren’t you supposed to be making a thicker drink?”

That’s when I noticed I used a cheesecloth to strain the pulp from the juice. (face slap!)

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Even though it wasn’t my originally planned agua fresca drink, it was still refreshing, tastes way better than just regular water, AND is perfect for mixing in my pre-workout powder!

I highly recommend using this watermelon lime refresher for your pre-workout powder or just to drink on its own before or after a workout. Watermelon contains the amino acid citrulline which promotes blood flow, which leads to improved circulation and reduces muscle soreness. Also, watermelon is about 90% water -- hello, hydration!

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I also played around with my new popsicle molds and made this drink into watermelon lime refresher popsicles! They were a hit at a summer picnic I hosted last month (blog post coming soon on that! :) ) The frozen juice created a beautiful stained glass appearance with bright, summery colors!

Regardless if you make these watermelon lime refreshers for a pre/post-workout drink, popsicles, or just sipping by the pool, they are great in promoting hydration and kicking boring water to the curb!

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo to #fromtherootsblog on Instagram. We love seeing what you come up with!


Watermelon lime refresher is just that! A refreshing drink that is sure to cool you down and keep you hydrated during the summer time! 

INGREDIENTS

  • Half of one small seedless watermelon (rind cut off)

  • Juice of 2 limes

  • 2 Tbsp fresh mint

  • 1-2 cups filtered water

  • 1-2 Tbsp pure maple syrup (optional for sweeter taste)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Put all ingredients into a high powered blender and blend until smooth.

  2. Transfer mixture into a cheesecloth covered bowl. Strain mixture until you are left with just the juice.

  3. Pour juice over ice and enjoy!

 
Pink Starburst Smoothie
 
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February Motto:

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Does anyone else think it would be great if you could just take all of the pink starbursts and drink them? No? Just me? Well…

This. Smoothie. Literally. Tastes. Like. A. Pink. Starburst!

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I am not kidding -- it’s pretty amazing! As a health and wellness blog, do you really think I would blend an entire bag of pink starbursts and tell you to drink it?!

Maybe.

Haha, hard no…

But once you see the ingredients, you will notice that you may already have these things on hand! With the month of February, this smoothie couldn’t have come at a perfect time, just look at that gorgeous pink color!

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The ingredients provide not only a beautiful pink color for Valentine’s Day; it also provides high levels of vitamin C that will boost your immune system and keep the common cold at bay. While we are on the topic, here are some facts about vitamin C:

  • Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that captures free radicals and neutralizes them.

  • Apples, berries, broccoli, red bell peppers, and citrus fruits contain a high level of vitamin C.

  • Vitamin C helps to absorb iron.

  • It also helps to prevent damage to our bodies from pollutants and toxicities.

Since Valentine’s day is coming up, I would definitely replace your morning orange juice for this smoothie and make a wonderful breakfast in bed with yourself or with your significant other!

But, as always, be sure to consult your healthcare provider before starting any new nutritional supplement. I’m not a doctor just a nutrition student!

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A sweet and refreshing smoothie jammed pack full of vitamin C and antioxidants! 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 blood oranges (peeled)

  • 4 carrot stalks

  • 1 red apple (cored (any red will work))

  • 1 frozen banana (ripened)

  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries

  • 1 small knob of fresh ginger root

  • 1 cup coconut water

DIRECTIONS

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth -- that’s it!

NOTES

  1. It is best to use a high powered blender like Vitamix or Blendtec. This is what I use!

  2. If the smoothie is too tart, start by adding 1 tsp of pure maple honey and increase to your likeness for a more sweeter taste.

  3. You can add 1 cup of ice if you want to use fresh fruit instead of frozen.

  4. This smoothie can have a grainy texture so if you prefer a smoother texture, then turn this into a juice by filtering through a milk bag or cheesecloth.