The other day, I was tempted to hit the snooze button in the morning. At the moment, I don’t have much time for working out and the only way that I can stay active is to wake up really early. Then I remembered that staying motivated requires an important change in your mind-set. Sure, a lot of you are on vacation mode. You'll probably want to lay out under the sun to chill out. That's a good plan, but try to make time for exercise so that you can stay fit and healthy. The bedrock of motivation is based on two things. The first is having a goal or target to aim for. The second is clearly understanding the positive effects that your actions will have on your life. Connect with these two forces and you will always be inspired.
Easy and Healthy Watermelon Recipes for Summer
Watermelon Green Tea
One of my favorite healthy watermelon recipes for summer. It's refreshing and great for you!
- 1/4 cup pureed watermelon (strained if you want)
- 1 cup green tea
- Sweetener of choice (I used honey)
Puree your watermelon and strain through a mess strainer until you have 1/4 cup of juice. Add to 1 cup of green tea. Add honey to make it sweeter. Stir and enjoy!
Sour watermelon homemade gummies
Slightly sour, chewy, and reminiscent of candy. These watermelon gummies are a tasty treat!
- 4 cups fresh watermelon (a perfectly ripe watermelon), cut into chunks (or 2 cups juice)
- 6 tbsp grass fed gelatin
- ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Optional: ¼ cup raw honey or sweetener of choice
Add the fresh watermelon to a blender and liquify it. Strain the blended watermelon through a fine mesh sieve, discarding the pulp. You should have about 2 cups of juice. Skim the white foam from the top of the watermelon juice and discard. Divide the juice: add half to a small saucepan and the other half to a bowl.
Add grass-fed gelatin to the juice in the bowl by sprinkling it on the surface. Let it sit for a few minutes until it dissolves into the juice. Mixture will solidify. Gently heat the watermelon juice in the saucepan to warm it up. Do not bring it to a boil and do not let it simmer.
Add the gelatin and juice mixture to the juice that is sitting in the saucepan. Whisk or stir to combine until the liquid is smooth. Add the raw honey and lemon juice. Whisk until dissolved and combined. Pour gelatin mixture into molds or a refrigerator-safe pan. Chill until set, about 30 minutes, then remove the gelatin from the mold or slice it into pieces.
Pink watermelon smoothie
This smoothie is pretty and pink. It's one of the most healthy watermelon recipes for summer, in drink form.
- 2 cups cubed watermelon
- 5 frozen strawberries
- ½ cup coconut water
Add all ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth.
Bonus: Cacao Muffins
Not everything is about watermelons! These cacao muffins are rich, moist, and delicious.
- 2 large eggs, whisked*
- 1 cup applesauce, unsweetened
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, plain
- 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp raw honey or maple syrup
- 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/3 cup cacao powder
- 2 tsp baking powder, aluminum free
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- Cooking spray
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray non-stick 12 muffin tin with cooking spray. Set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk to combine the eggs, applesauce, greek yogurt and raw honey. In another large mixing bowl, stir to combine the whole wheat flour, cacao powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt and chocolate chips. Add the bowl with the wet Ingredients to the bowl with dry Ingredients and gently mix just enough to combine. Do not over mix otherwise muffins won't rise properly. Distribute batter and bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Let muffins cool for about 5 minutes and transfer to a cooling rack to cool off completely.
These easy and healthy summer recipes are part of a series of monthly posts by Valentina M. Follow her on Instagram @thehealthymexican9 and on PumpUp @thehealthymexican.