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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.

 
How to Create a Healthy Stress-Free Summer Picnic + Watermelon Salad
 

Insider guide on how to create a healthy stress-free summer picnic plus a watermelon salad recipe!

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A couple of weeks ago, I hosted a summer picnic with my friends Maria, Rebecca, Kayla, and Liz before some of us separated. It was such a fun time enjoying each other's company while eating delicious food! The biggest reason why we were able to enjoy the moment before the big farewell was because it was stress-free!

Now, it seems like it can be tiresome setting a time, location, menu and actually prepping the food but I have some secrets that can make this picnic experience pretty fun and stress-free! If you are wanting to host your first summer picnic, here is what you need to know to make this as stress-free as possible:

KEEP IT SIMPLE

From the decorations to the menu, keep it simple, simple, simple! The summertime is the best season to host a picnic because the flowers are blooming and the grass is green - what’s great is that you don’t even have to pay for it!

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Another way to keep your decorations simple is by using things you already own. By doing a quick scan around the house, I was able to scrounge up blankets, trays, plates, forks and mason jars that had a simple color scheme that reflected summer colors. So not only are you using your environment for decorations, you are also using things you already own so a win-win on the wallet!

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What’s great about the summer is that it’s hot so people typically like to eat lighter, more refreshing type foods. This will make creating the menu that much easier!

SERVE YOURSELF

I could literally devote an entire page on food allergies from all five of us combined, but I will refrain. With that said, you will most likely have someone in your group with a food allergy/sensitivity. This may seem a little overwhelming as your creating the menu, but if you create simple dishes and give them the opportunity to serve themselves then it puts the pressure off of you.

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A charcuterie board is a prime example. A charcuterie board mostly consist of a variety of meat and cheeses, with fruits and nuts. You can also cater to your board to your friend’s palettes. My board was kept pretty simple as I had to be sensitive to food allergies but even though one of my friends is allergic to nuts, I was able to separate the nuts by keeping them in their own bowl.

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My classic healthy chicken salad is a great main dish that is simple and can be catered to preference. This chicken salad is always a hit in the office so I knew it would be great for the picnic! Again, there were allergies so I just simply omitted the carrots and sunflower seeds and kept the spices neutral and it was still a great main dish! If you have friends that are gluten-free, use lettuce to make chicken salad lettuce wraps.

HYDRATION

You can totally get away with bringing water to a summer picnic- it’s actually encouraged! The summer heat may seem like you’re melting so your guests won’t notice that you didn’t bring rosé or something fancy - they will be looking for water! To take that summer drink up a notch, why not infuse them with herbs and fruit like mint, lemon, and blueberries.

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Another great way to take that water up a notch is with my newest recipe, watermelon lime refreshers! You can bring them for drinks or go a simple step further and make them into popsicles. The popsicles were the best part because by the time everyone finished stuffing faces, it was time for something sweet, light and refreshing to end a perfect picnic!

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What are some ways you like to create a healthy stress-free summer picnic?  Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag your summer picnic photo to #fromtherootsblog on Instagram. We love to see your healthy and stress-free summer picnic photos!


Summery watermelon salad that is sure to be a hit at your next summer picnic! 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 small seedless watermelon (cubed)

  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta

  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh mint

  • juice of 1/2 lime

Toppings

Balsamic glaze

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients the day of the picnic or as your setting up the picnic and drizzle balsamic glaze as a nice touch!

 
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!