Where do we even start with this month’s seasonal juice? Everything is in season right now. EVERYTHING! Okay, except for root vegetables, but let’s be honest, does anyone miss them that much? Maybe it’s just me, but the thought of a roasted turnip sounds absolutely terrible.
But enough veggie-bashing for one day. (Love you, turnips!) Watermelons and cucumbers are so hot right now, and both are absolutely packed with liquid (each is composed of over 90% water), meaning you’ll get a lot of juice for your buck. And this isn’t tap water we’re talking about–both cucumber and watermelon water are filled with electrolytes, AKA nature’s gatorade.
You might be ready to go out and buy a seedless watermelon right now, but opt for the seeded variety. You can push the whole thing through your juicer, and watermelon seeds are a great source of vitamins and essential fatty acids, so why lose that? You can also juice melon rinds, which contain most of the fruit’s nutrients, but the end result will be less sweet. Start by running a small chunk of rind through the juicer, and if you don’t mind the taste, increase the amount next time you make this.
Cucumber-Watermelon Green Electrolyte Juice
- 1 cucumber
- 1/4 small watermelon
- 1/4 cantaloupe, honeydew, or other melon
- 1 tomato
- 1/4 head lettuce
- 1 lemon
- 1/2 inch fresh ginger, if desired
Run everything through the juicer, saving the cucumber for last and using it to push down any excess produce that didn’t quite juice. Store and refrigerate the other 3/4 of each melon for tomorrow’s juice. Depending on the size of your melons, this recipe could make 2-3 cups of juice. PS: If you’re juicing for a crowd (say, a family of young’uns), feel free to use the entire melon for this recipe.
All juiced up and nowhere to go? This is the perfect ultra-hydrating mixture to pour into a to-go cup and take to a summer festival. Sip with a straw as you wander the streets; you’ll stay refreshed and avoid a nasty dehydration headache–earning major hippie points all the while.
photo attribute: Gerhard Taatgen jr.