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Super-cooling Watermelon Smoothie

Super-cooling Watermelon Smoothie

This is so good and simple.  I don’t even know if I can call it a recipe with so few ingredients!  It’s a tasty, surprisingly creamy drink, and it’s also medicinal.   One of the patterns of disharmony that Chinese medical texts speak of is “summer heat” – it shows up as a throbbing headache, a feeling of heaviness, irritability and to a Chinese medical practitioner, a distinctive “soggy” quality on the pulse, as well as a sticky, white coating on the tongue.  This is the perfect tonic, as watermelon is specifically indicated to clear summer heat (and mint is pretty darn cooling as well).

If you haven’t frozen the watermelon ahead of time, simply add ice to the blender as well.  I don’t often recommend drinking icy drinks as they tend to weaken our digestive system over time, so save this for those really hot days (like today!) and don’t over do it.  Or you may want to consider just using fresh watermelon without the ice, especially if you tend to run cold or have digestive issues.

A seedless watermelon makes this whole thing immensely easier.  And cantaloupe is pretty tasty this way too.

2 cups of frozen watermelon chunks
about 5 or 6 fresh mint leaves (or to taste)
cold water (as needed to make the blender run smoothly)

Blend for about 60 seconds and enjoy!  (Makes 2)

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