Time flies! Slow down, enjoy family and sip some Power Punch.

It's June 30th and it just occurred to me that we are half-way through the year already! I know time marches on, but does it have to go by so quickly?


Speaking about time flying, we just celebrated my grand-nephew's 8th birthday. I'm not sure where those past 8 years went, but it's been a joy watching my nephew's family grow over the years, ever since his very wise decision to marry Elizabeth. 


Elizabeth and I get together and talk fitness (she's a personal trainer) and nutrition (a passion for both of us). I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to be close to them and my parents for the past two years. Having lived far away in NY for 30 years, I can really appreciate being close enough to celebrate birthdays, holidays, special occasions and just normal days with family.


Celebrations are often just the occasion I need to try out a new recipe too!  I had been admiring a pretty watermelon limeade recipe in Bon Appetit Magazine, and this seemed like the perfect time to try my own version. I'm able to do so much more now that I own a Vitamix. If you don't have a really good blender like a Vitamix, you might need to strain it, but we drank it as is.


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This is so easy to make with a Vitamix! Just scoop out half of a watermelon…


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Juice some limes…   This attachment for my KitchenAid mixer is  also great!


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Toss it into the blender with a few other ingredients (see recipe)…


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Cut up the remaining watermelon and serve in the scooped-out half…


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Get together with family and friends…


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Sit outside and enjoy!


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POWER PUNCH

(filled with powerful antioxidants)


8 cups seedless watermelon pieces

3/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (about 4 limes)

1 cup red grapes

1-2 T. chopped fresh tarragon

honey and/or liquid stevia to taste

ice

lime wedges


Put everything except the ice and lime wedges in a blender or Vitamix. If desired, strain. Pour over ice and garnish with a lime wedge.


Nutrition Facts:


Watermelon is a great source of vitamin C, A, magnesium and potassium. It's also packed with antioxidants. Next to tomatoes, it's one of the best sources of lycopene. Did you know watermelon also contains amino acids? It's high in the amino acid citruline which is converted into arginine, which in turn is beneficial to the heart!


I added some grapes just to naturally sweeten it up a bit and to add more heart healthy resveratrol. Resveratrol has been proven to protect the cardiovascular system and provide many other anti-aging benefits. Blending up the skins and seeds will up the ante, as they are a rich source of flavonoids called proanthocyanidins (OPCs) which are more potent antioxidants than vitamins C and E!


Throw in some lime for more vitamin C (I talk more about the value of citrus fruits in my winter detox which I hope you'll check out next year).


Tarragon is my herb of the month for July, so please read that entry for health benefits.


Sweeten to taste with stevia, honey or a little of both.

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