Last weekend the hubs and I went out to lunch and then stopped by Aldi, my favorite grocery store. They had melons on sale, so we got a cantaloupe and a seedless watermelon. What’s more summery than melons? Especially watermelon — it’s so perfect for snacking on at summer barbecues and pool parties! Last Friday my husband’s department hosted a barbecue happy hour, and an undergrad who works in one of the labs came for two seconds, took half of the watermelon, then left. People were FURIOUS! It was talked about for the whole event and then even brought up again at a party the next night. Watermelon is that important!
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Unfortunately, watermelons are kind of a group fruit. They’re huge! That Pyrex bowl shown above is filled with four quarts of watermelon, and I actually had to put some overflow into another container. I have a buttload of watermelon and am trying to figure out what to do with it. It’s a small step, but I decided to make a post-run smoothie to accompany my hard-boiled egg. This smoothie is all fruit, and since there’s watermelon you won’t even need to add any extra liquid! I also added a smidge of my super-secret smoothie ingredient — ground ginger. I don’t know why, but it always seems to punch up the flavor of smoothies.
2 cups frozen strawberries
1 medium banana
1.5 cups cantaloupe chunks
1.5 cups watermelon chunks
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
Prepare your ingredients.
Dump everything into a blender and blend until smooth. I used level 7 on my Ninja Ultima.
Dump into cups or super cute mason jars and enjoy the summery flavor! This makes about four cups of smoothie, which I usually drink by myself but it could totally serve two regular people.
Okay, so I took a lot of pictures of the finished smoothies because there really isn’t much to them. For most recipes there are a lot of steps, thus a lot of pictures, but these bad boys are super easy. I’m trying to practice my food photography so I apologize for the smoothie overload! Lately I’ve been having trouble getting my whites to be truly white without washing out the rest of my picture — does anyone have any ideas for how to fix that?
- 2 cups frozen strawberries
- 1 medium banana
- 1.5 cups cantaloupe chunks
- 1.5 cups watermelon chunks
- ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
- Place all ingredients in a blender.
- Blend on medium-high until smooth.
- Pour into mason jars or glasses and enjoy!