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Welcome to my blog. Front Range Fed is a blog about eating fresh, local food in and around Colorado's Front Range. Each week, I try new recipes, using as many local ingredients as possible. Join me as I discover the amazing things our local farms have to offer, and the delicious ways to enjoy them...one meal at a time. 

Watermelon, Cucumber And Mint Slushie

Watermelon, Cucumber And Mint Slushie

Watermelon, Cucumber And Mint Slushie

These frosty watermelon slushies are great on hot days when you want a healthy treat. Five easy ingredients make them super simple to make!

Ok, so here’s a predicament you may find familiar. You’re strolling through your neighborhood Costco and find a giant watermelon for only $4.99.  And by giant, I mean huge. Even Costco labels them as jumbo, which, for a store that regularly sells 25 pound bags of sugar is saying something. 

How can your family even consume that much watermelon? “But it’s only $4.99”, you reason. “Surely we will eat it and there must be something I can do with it if we don’t.”

Five days later:  Barely a dent is made in said watermelon and you’re wondering how on earth it’s taken over your whole fridge.

Not to fear!!  This problem is easy solved by……watermelon, cucumber and mint slushies!  (And a little room in your freezer for future batches!) 

Watermelon, Cucumber And Mint Slushie

These watermelon smoothies are best served on HOT days (we still have a few!), and are a great, mostly healthy treat if you want to serve your kids something special but don’t want it weighted down with artificial sugars and additives. It has only 5 ingredients and can be whipped up in a snap.  

Here’s what you do:  First, chop up your watermelon into smallish chunks and pop them in a few freezer bags. This recipe uses about 3-4 cups of frozen watermelon so if you segment your bags like that, it makes it super easy when it comes time to make these. Then, into the freezer they go!

Once your watermelon cubes are frozen and you’re ready to make your slushie, take them out of the freezer (you may need to let them thaw just a bit to soften), throw them in your blender, add 1 cup of peeled, chopped, seedless cucumber (you can just cut the cucumber core out if you don’t have a seedless one), a ½ tablespoon of finely chopped mint, the juice of half a lime, 1 tablespoon of honey, and then blend until you reach a nice smooth consistency. 

If your mixture is a little thicker than you’d like, you can add a handful of ice. That’s it. Done! The easiest frozen drink on the planet!

Watermelon, Cucumber And Mint Slushie

So refreshing and simple that even my 5 year old could make them, and perfect for the whole family.  And if you find yourself serving these on a warm Friday evening, topped off with a little bit of vodka or gin, all the better. No judgment here my friend.

If you make this recipe, I’d love it if you’d take a pic and tag me on Instagram!

Watermelon, Cucumber And Mint Slushie

Watermelon, Cucumber And Mint Slushie 

Ingredients: 

  • 3-4 Cups of chopped, frozen watermelon

  • 1 Cup chopped seedless cucumber, peeled

  • ½ Tablespoon finely chopped mint

  • Juice from 1/2 lime

  • 1 Tablespoon honey

Directions:

  1. Add frozen watermelon, cucumber, mint, lime juice and honey to a blender.

  2. Blend mixture until well combined and consistency is smooth.

  3. Garnish cups with fresh mint or lime wedges.

  4. Enjoy!

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