I don’t know about you — but these warmer days definitely leave me searching for something refreshing! Watermelon season here in Texas begins around April, and let me tell you — those beautiful melons striped in shades of green are in abundance right now!
Some of my favorite childhood memories are centered around eating watermelon. My grandfather would have so many of them during this time of year, and I (along with my cousins) would circle around just waiting to be handed a big juicy chunk. In fact, my grandfather was the one who taught us how to eat watermelon “bowls.” Rather than cubing it up or slicing it, he would serve us the ends of the watermelon — which is conveniently shaped like a little bowl — full of sweet red goodness. We would just scoop it right out with a spoon! Of course this fun family time was always spent outside — after all, the juice gets everywhere and you have to spit the black seeds out.
I remember one thing in particular — my grandfather always enjoyed sprinkling salt on his watermelon. And as a kid I always thought that was so bizarre! Why take something undeniably sweet and make it salty? Haha, well now that I have a more mature palate — let’s just say I understand that he was on to something!
Watermelon & kiwi are just naturally friends — and in the case of this smoothie I opted to include some protein powder as well. Adding protein to your smoothies is a great way to make your snack or recovery drink much more balanced. Protein will help stabilize the typical insulin response you would get from the higher fruit intake. I also decided to include just a bit of Himalayan pink salt — this one is for you, Papa! Whether it be for snacks, or full meals, I always strive to make them nutrient-dense and adding some pink salt brings this smoothie to a whole different level.
- 2-1/2 cups of watermelon, seeded & cubed
- 3 small kiwi fruits, peeled & quartered
- 1/4 cup Greek yogurt, grassfed is preferred (you can sub coconut versions if needing dairy free)
- 1 scoop protein powder of your choice
- 2 large fresh mint leaves
- 1/8 tsp. Himalayan pink salt
- 2-3 ice cubes
Simply blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender. Start by pulsing to break up ice, and then blend until smooth.
This Watermelon Kiwi Protein Smoothie was inspired by DailyBurn’s #ShowUsYourSmoothie project! You can find additional information on alternative protein sources & protein-based recipes by visiting their Fuel-6 page.