Watermelon Rind Basil Smoothie

Let’s talk about watermelon shall we? You start by opening a large juicy watermelon and cut out the delicious red flesh for a tasty summer indulgence. As usual, you have a significant amount of rind left over and it’s pretty heavy too! Unfortunately, this usually goes to waste in your trash without a second thought because who eats watermelon rind, right?

From a nutritional standpoint, watermelon rind is packed with goodness such as lycopene, vitamin C and the amino acid citrulline. These are powerhouses when it comes to protecting your immune system as well as citrulline is converted by our kidneys into the amino acid arginine, which helps to increase blood flow.

Here at Vurde, sustainability is a core value and we enjoy finding ways to minimize waste in multiple modes of living, especially with food. Watermelon rind is a highly discarded food source so we decided to create a smoothie recipe that can allow you to enjoy your beloved watermelon in a new and delicious way. Enjoy!

Watermelon Rind Basil Smoothie

Ingredients

2 cups peeled watermelon rind, chopped into 1-2 inch pieces
1 cup ripe watermelon flesh, chopped into 1-2 inch pieces
¼ cup granulated sugar
Fresh squeezed juice of ½ lime
1 cup ice
¼ cup water
5 large basil leaves

Directions

In a large capacity blender, combine all of the ingredients and blend until smooth. Immediately serve in a beautiful tall glass, garnished with a fragrant basil leaf. Yield is 2 servings.