Published Jun 23, 2023, Updated Aug 28, 2023
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This refreshing watermelon smoothie combines frozen watermelon and raspberries with yogurt and lime juice for a creamy and hydrating drink that’s guaranteed to become a summer staple.
Every summer, I look forward to one thing above all else: watermelon season. Juicy, refreshing, and just a touch sweet, watermelon has always been a favorite of mine. This year, I thought, “Why not try something new with this beloved summer fruit?” The result is this frozen watermelon smoothie, a tasty twist on my classic fruit consumption, and let me tell you, it was a game changer. Blending watermelon with a tangy splash of lime and creamy Greek yogurt, this smoothie has become my new go-to summer refresher.
Why You’ll Love This Smoothie
- It’s cool, refreshing and hydrating! Perfect for hot summer days.
- The combination of sweet watermelon, tart raspberries and creamy yogurt creates the perfect balance of flavors.
- It’s super easy & quick to make with minimal ingredients needed.
- Packed with vitamins, minerals and protein!
Watermelon is not just a thirst-quencher, it’s also rich in vitamin C and vitamin A. Both are powerful antioxidants that help keep our skin glowing and our immune system strong. Watermelon also contains a good amount of lycopene, a potent antioxidant known for its heart health benefits. Moreover, it’s a good source of hydration as it’s made up of 92% water, making it a perfect ingredient for a refreshing smoothie.
- almond milk – the liquid base for this smoothie. I prefer to use unsweetened almond milk, but as it’s low in calories and doesn’t impact the flavor of the smoothie. Feel free to use water or another non-dairy milk of choice for the liquid base if desired.
- frozen watermelon cubes – not only does frozen watermelon add a sweet and refreshing taste, but it also helps to thicken the smoothie. I used Pitaya Foods frozen watermelon pieces, but you can easily cube and freeze fresh watermelon. See my tips below on how to do that!
- frozen raspberries – adds some tartness and an extra dose of antioxidants. If you don’t have frozen raspberries on hand feel free to use frozen strawberries instead.
- greek yogurt – adds creaminess to the smoothie while also providing protein. I typically use full-fat Greek yogurt but feel free to use your favorite dairy or non-dairy yogurt of choice.
- lime juice – adds a burst of tartness that complements the other flavors nicely. If you don’t have lime juice or limes on hand, feel free to use lemon juice!
- maple syrup or honey – this is optional, but can be added if you’d prefer more sweetness in this smoothie. Agave syrup, liquid stevia or medjool dates are other options as well.
How to Make Smoothie
This watermelon smoothie recipe is super easy to whip up!
Place all your ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Taste and adjust as desired. You can add more liquid or ice cubes depending on your preferred consistency.
Pour your smoothie into a glass and top with a fresh slice of watermelon. Enjoy!
How to Cube and Freeze Watermelon for Smoothies
Freezing watermelon for smoothies is pretty straightforward:
- Cut your watermelon into cubes. Aim for around 1-inch pieces, but don’t worry about being too precise.
- Arrange these cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Freeze until the pieces are solid, about 2 hours.
- Once they’re frozen, you can transfer them to a freezer-safe bag like a Stasher bag or an airtight container. They’ll be good in the freezer for up to three months.
Watermelon Smoothie Variations
- Add fresh herbs: For a refreshing and herby twist, add some fresh mint leaves or a handful of fresh basil before blending.
- Add chia seeds or flaxseeds: For an extra dose of omega-3 fatty acids and fiber ad a handful of chia seeds of flaxseeds.
- Make it dairy-free: Replace the Greek yogurt with a plant-based yogurt or a scoop of vegan protein powder for a dairy-free version.
- Add a tropical twist: Use coconut milk as the liquid base and throw in some frozen pineapple chunks or mango for a tropical twist to this refreshing smoothie.
- Add cucumber: For an even more refreshing and hydrating variation, add a few slices of peeled cucumber to the mix.
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- Health Nut Smoothie
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- Pineapple Smoothie
- Sweet Potato Smoothie
- Key Lime Pie Smoothie
- Strawberry Banana Smoothie
- Raspberry Smoothie
- Dragon Fruit Smoothie
- Tropical Green Smoothie
- 3-Ingredient Mango Smoothie
- Avocado Mango Smoothie
- Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie
- Clementine Smoothie
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- ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk or water
- 1 cup frozen watermelon cubes
- ¼ cup frozen raspberries
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2 Tablespoons lime juice
- 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup or honey, optional
- Toppings: fresh watermelon slices
- Place all ingredients into a high speed blender. Blend until smooth.
- Pour smoothie into a glass and top with a slice of watermelon. Enjoy!
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.