The combination of watermelon and cucumber in this recipe makes a super hydrating smoothie that contains the goodness of whole foods. This smoothie is loaded with vitamin C, lycopene, dietary fiber and water which make it absolutely filling and satiating. Fiber and water content in this smoothie makes it suitable for detox, so that you get a glowing and clear skin.
Watermelon is 92% water makes it highly hydrating and filling. The combination of water and fiber in this fruit makes it a satiating low-calorie food that helps to improve the feeling of fullness and abate hunger. Watermelon is the best source of antioxidant lycopene that has anti-cancer effects.
Lycopene also helps to lower the level of cholesterol in the blood and reduce blood pressure which in turn improves heart health. Both lycopene and vitamin C present in watermelon are anti-inflammatory antioxidants that reduce inflammation and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
Cucumber is yet another hydrating food that contains 96% water. The enzymes and minerals in cucumber help to provide relief from heartburn and acid reflux. High level of water and fiber content in cucumber helps to detox the system and flush out toxins from the body.
Soothing and cooling effect of cucumber helps to reduce unwanted inflammation. Cucumbers are very low in calories and high in fiber which makes it a filling snack. Soluble fiber in cucumber slows down digestion and helps to you feel full longer which helps with weight management.
Milk is used as a thinning agent in this smoothie and it supplies the much-needed dose of protein in this recipe. Protein acts as a source of energy and helps to build and repair muscles and tissues.
Calcium and vitamin D present in milk promotes healthier and stronger bones. B-complex vitamins present in milk helps to maintain healthy red blood cells and convert food into energy.
Lime not only adds a refreshing tangy taste and citrus flavor to the smoothie but also adds a wholesome amount of vitamin C that supports weight loss by boosting fat breakdown during exercise.
Honey is used as a natural sweetener in this smoothie. Honey provides a wholesome amount of antioxidants and flavonoids that reduce the risk of certain types of cancer and heart disease. The antibacterial and anti-fungal properties of honey help to fight off infections.
It provides an instant boost of energy that improves athletic performance. Honey also helps to relieve your cough and throat irritation.
Here is the recipe…
- Watermelon chunks – 5 cups
- Cucumber chunks – ½ cup
- Lime juice – ½ teaspoon
- Honey – 1 tablespoon
- Milk – ¼ cup
- Toss watermelon and cucumber pieces in the blender.
- Then add fresh lemon juice, honey, and milk into the blender.
- Blend all these ingredients at high speed until smooth.
- Serve this healthy smoothie immediately to get all the nutrients absorbed easily into the body.
- For best results, you can drink this smoothie regularly.
This is one of the best smoothies for weight loss that is filling and yet very low in calories. It can be consumed as a wholesome breakfast or lunch substitute to keep the body well hydrated and promote detoxification. This recipe can be modified to suit a diabetic diet by leaving out the honey.