Two weeks ago my sister-in-law gave me a Vitamix as a gift. It came as such a surprise as I have been wanting one for a long time. Since then, our new blender has been my favorite toy. It is crazy how much you can do with these powerful blenders. I am still in the process of experimenting with smoothies and popsicles, but hopefully soon will be venturing out to try nut butters, soups, dips, and spreads. Meanwhile, this Minty Watermelon-Cucumber Smoothie is the first of many recipes to come.
About the recipe:
We have literally been having this smoothie as breakfast for a month now. Before I had my new and shiny blender, I was using my food processor to make it. The flavor profile, aka mint-cucumber-watermelon-lime juice combination is to die for. It has been my favorite flavor combination for the year so far. You may remember, a couple of weeks ago I posted a minted watermelon and cucumber salad with bulgur. This one is the sweet (and liquid) version of those flavors. The best part is that if you have your watermelon already cut, it takes 5 minutes to put it all together. Even though I didn’t put it for the recipe below, I sometimes add a couple of cups of baby spinach (or kale) leaves to increase its nutritional value in the morning. That smoothie is not the most aesthetically pleasing, but it is super good for you.
Either way, I find that a big glass filled with summer fruits is the way to beat the current 92 degree Atlanta weather. How about you? What is your favorite summer smoothie?
On Styling and Photography for this post:
Props and styling: I bought the glasses from Pomeroy Collection with the help of a friend who owns a gift shop. The backdrop I used in this photoshoot is brand new. I bought a big sheet rock from Home Depot and have them cut it into three pieces. For this piece, I painted it first with white paint, and then using a sponge I dabbed light gray color all over the board. As I mentioned it here, I have been experimenting a lot with light color food photography. I think this backdrop is great for that purpose.
In terms of styling, I wanted it to be as minimal as possible. Since red watermelon and green mint leaves and lime are already so colorful and pretty I wanted the whole shoot to be about the ingredients instead of the props.
In terms of editing, I used a preset I created based on VSCO film Package 1’s Fuji 160C ++. This was the first time I used this preset because I felt like my go-to Portra 400 wasn’t a good fit for the light colored backdrop. If you want to see the exposure values for each photo and more photos for this photoshoot, check out my Flickr account.
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Minty Watermelon Cucumber Smoothie
A refreshing summer smoothie recipe made with fresh mint, watermelon and cucumbers.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 4
- Category: Smoothie
- Method: Blending
- Cuisine: American
- 5 cups of seedless watermelon, cut into chunks
- 1/2 cup of fresh mint leaves, more for garnishing
- 3 medium-size Persian cucumbers, washed and chopped (no need to peel)
- 1/3 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 cup ice
- handful of pomegranate seeds, as garnish (optional)
- Place watermelon, mint, cucumber, lime juice and ice in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Divide it in between 4 glasses and garnish each glass with mint and pomegranate seeds. Serve immediately.
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 78
- Sugar: 13.4g
- Sodium: 9.5mg
- Fat: 0.5g
- Carbohydrates: 19.6g
- Fiber: 2g
- Protein: 2.1g
- Cholesterol: 0g