Growing up in the summertime heat of El Paso, Texas, aguas frescas (fresh water in Spanish) were a staple. After working outside or being active, nothing beat the taste of these delicious, refreshing drinks--made of cantaloupe, pineapple, cucumber, or tamarind. But my all-time favorite? Watermelon.
Recent research has shown that drinking watermelon juice after a hard workout reduces muscle soreness the next day. The reason? The amino acid, l-Citrulline. And watermelon has a TON of it. In addition to being 92% water, it's full of lycopene (heart and skin protector), Vitamin A and C making it a perfect post-workout hydration choice. Oh yeah, and it's freaking DELICIOUS!
With a watermelon mint aguas frescas in hand, you can bring on those 100 degree temps! Cheers.
Watermelon Mint Aguas Frescas
- 5 cups of cubed watermelon
- 1 cup of water
- 1.5 tsp lime juice
- sprig of mint
Blend watermelon, water, and lime. Strain juice through a sieve if desired (this will take out all the pulp/fiber--if you want a more fiberous drink, skip this step). Pour into a chilled glass with a sprig of mint. Feel refreshed!