This watermelon and tahini combo may sound kinda strange, but it is incredible. Honestly, don't knock it till you've tried it! Here I added probiotic yogurt for a slightly tangy, pretty pink gut-healthy smoothie my whole family enjoys. Oh — and it also happens to be absolutely packed with veggies, antioxidants, fibre, protein, healthy fats, and adaptogens, too!
The kids had fun knocking on watermelons before we purchased one for this wonderfully refreshing smoothie. A whole ripe watermelon should have some weight to it and a deep, almost hollow sound when you tap it with your fist.
Waiting until your watermelon is ripe is important from a nutritional standpoint. Watermelon is super rich in the carotenoid phytonutrient known as lycopene. Among its numerous health benefits, lycopene is believed to help prevent cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis. Watermelon's lycopene concentration rises steadily as the watermelon flesh is left to ripen from white to pink to the deep pinkish-red colour we all love.
For 2 servings, blend together until smooth:
2 cups frozen watermelon chunks
1 cup steamed-then-frozen cauliflower
1 cup unsweetened almond or nut-free milk, adjusted to desired consistency
1 small container Siggi's (150g) plain probiotic high protein yogurt (or substitute nondairy yogurt)
2 Tbsp Further Food collagen peptides (omit for vegan)
1 Tbsp white chia seeds
1 Tbsp or more beetroot crystals (optional for extra nutrients & colour, adjusted to taste)
1 tsp gelatinized maca powder (optional)
Lakanto monkfruit sweetener, pure stevia, or raw honey, adjusted to taste (optional)
2 Tbsp tahini (blend or stir in after blending)