Strawberry Watermelon Smoothie with Basil

Believe it or not; a drink that is NOT a cocktail…and good thing. This Strawberry Watermelon Smoothie with Basil goes down easy AND it’s good for you! My favorite summer smoothie!

Strawberry Watermelon Smoothie with Basil with Strawberry and Basil Garnish

When my youngest daughter Lauren was first diagnosed with cancer I still recall the disbelief; the every waking moment constant reminder followed with the companion thought of ‘this can’t be.’ I cried more tears in my pillow than I have over anything else in my life but the truth is, the tears had to stop and I had to do something. Anything. One thing was this Strawberry Watermelon Smoothie.

Although I don’t think I’ve ever felt more powerless in my life; isn’t it our lifelong job to fix our kids booboos?

But this time it would take modern medicine pumping her full of chemicals that while seeking to eradicate the cancer would also cause unwanted results too. Still, when given the opportunity, my first response was to do what is a lifelong passion.

Help with meals and fix her food. During those first weeks we stocked her freezer with casseroles and soups that we proportioned into pieces and froze for lunches and dinners and I made more green smoothies than I can recall.

Now I know they are popular and good for you but I sure struggled with that notion because those green smoothies are in a word UGLY. If our eyes play a role in how food appeals to us; then green smoothies must require a blindfold.

Or a mantra at the very least; I know this is good for me, I know this is good for me, repeated over and over while their green goo is ingested.

Lauren didn’t seem to mind them but still, when my friends with the Cancer Treatment Centers of America provided me with a recipe for a Strawberry and Watermelon Smoothie, I was quick to get on-board. These are light and refreshing and good for you? Winner winner chicken dinner!

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Lauren is visiting her ‘homeland’ right now; taking a much needed break from the rigors of chemotherapy and is visiting her half sister Hannah in North Carolina, where she was born and where Hannah is going to college and staying for summer work…they are obviously happy to be with each other!

While some of those tears I shed were due to the abject unfairness of a  young girl being dealt this hand, I also believe that her youth is what has helped see her through this trial with relative ease.

Relative being the key word. She’s dealt with hair loss and bruising, nausea and heartburn but she has also been rewarded with the treatment being successful.

With only a couple of weeks of chemotherapy remaining in her treatment plan, her lump is gone. What could easily be felt in an area on top of her breastbone as a sizable lump, there is nothing there…and that has been even further solidified by scans that can not discern the lump either.

Words simply can not express the relief. Still scheduled to have a lumpectomy and radiation, Lauren has nonetheless exuded calm and determination and has been at times more stoic than I could have ever expected. It’s a joy to see her radiate such happiness; she was determined and she is beating this thing, doggone it!

Strawberry Watermelon Smoothie with Basil with Strawberry and Basil Garnish

flaxseedI was asked a couple of weeks ago by the folks at Linwoods if I would like to sample some of their ‘super foods.’ The Linwoods range of delicious, nutritious ‘Super Foods’ is the perfect solution for those who want to ensure that their diet comprises the essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals that are so important to our daily diet.

I love that their range of ground seeds, nuts and berries can add a healthy boost to almost everything you eat.

For those with dietary restrictions it’s also important to note that all of their products are GLUTEN FREE and have NO ADDED SUGAR. Among the samples of Linwoods foods was a packet of Ground Flaxseed; perfect for this smoothie.

I’ve been adding them to cereals in the morning and salad dressings during the day and I’ve certainly found that’s it’s easy enough to incorporate some ‘super’ into my foods that just might be a bit lacking because of my own time constraints.

I’m sharing these samples with Lauren too; staying #Waunstrong remains a huge part of her success in this process. I was pretty excited they had ground flax seed; I needed some for this smoothie and wasn’t sure where I was going to find it; it was prophetic I tell ya!

Health benefits of Strawberry Watermelon Smoothie with Basil: Not only are strawberries juicy, summery and delicious, they’re a bona fide super food, too. Nutrient-rich and packed with antioxidants (like vitamin C), strawberries offer a wide range of health benefits.

Watermelons are an excellent source of several vitamins: vitamin A, which helps maintain eye health and is an antioxidant; vitamin C, which helps strengthen immunity, heal wounds, prevent cell damage, and promote healthy teeth and gums; and vitamin B6, which helps brain function and helps convert protein to energy.

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Strawberry Watermelon Smoothie with Basil with Strawberry and Basil Garnish

Strawberry Watermelon Smoothie with Basil with Strawberry and Basil Garnish

Strawberry Watermelon Smoothie with Basil with Strawberry and Basil Garnish
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Strawberry and Watermelon Smoothie with Basil

Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Fruits
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 Smoothie
Calories: 131kcal
Author: Creative Culinary

Ingredients

  • 3 strawberries
  • 1 cup seedless watermelon
  • 3 basil leaves
  • 8 ounces coconut water
  • 1 tsp. of lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. of Agave syrup
  • 1 cup ice

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Nutrition

Serving: 18 | Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 258mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 23g

Thanks to the folks with the Cancer Treatment Centers of America for providing the recipe for the
Strawberry, Basil and Watermelon Smoothie and for providing the health benefits.

I was provided with samples of the Linwoods products however all commentary is my own.

 

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27 Comments

  1. Hi , i just love my green smoothies, i have been drinking them for a few months now, but really need to lose some weight, so will have one for breakfast, one for lunch and a meal in the evening, is this a good idea? Thanks in advance for the advice. Best wishes 🙂

  2. Outstanding recipe!! I really can’t hold myself anymore to give a try. While reading your recipes, I couldn’t help but visualize how these would taste . Thanks for sharing your journey and recipe with us !!.

  3. I’m a huge green smoothie fan, no blindfold required 😉 but I definitely hear what you’re saying. Although tasty, they’re not very visually appealing. This lovely smoothie you’ve created however, most definitely IS appealing in every way. You know my love of strawberries and basil together, throw in some watermelon and you’ve got me hook, line and sinker. Yum! So happy to hear Lauren’s treatment is working. What wonderful news!

    1. Basil is unique and sounds strange to some but once tried…it’s usually love at first taste isn’t it?

  4. Umm…really a mouthwatering smoothie!! It also seems delicious and nutritious. A charming recipe of liquid refreshment.I would love to drink it anytime….:)

  5. Lauren is amazing. I can’t believe that she’s enduring this experience with such stoicism, calm and strength. I would be a mess!!! I went through a cancer scare last year, and through my mother’s lumpectomy, radiotherapy and chemotherapy two years before that. It’s horrible. Poisoning the body for the greater good is something hard to fathom, but ultimately necessary in a time when we have no better alternative. I am SO glad that Lauren is going well. I hope that she has a blast during her time away and that your family continues to be blessed with strength, peace and positivity in the weeks to come. This recipe is gorgeous, so are the photos… the vibrant crimson is only outshined by the smiles from Lauren and her sister! So gorgeous. Thanks for this wonderful post xxx

    1. Thank you Laura…it has been such a combination of emotions…both for her and for her family but we are feeling lucky that this scourge seems to be on the wane. Hope you and your family are all doing well now.

  6. Glad to hear Lauren is doing well! Hope things continue smoothly. Which bring me to this smoothie – really terrific! I love watermelon, and it’s always fun to try it in new ways. Plus this has such great color. Thanks for this.

    1. Watermelon is SO close to being just a liquid refreshment anyhow…why not blend it and drink it? 🙂

      I love reading the health benefits too…maybe not the plethora accredited to those green things but enough to make this a win-win for me.

  7. Oh I wish I could have this one at this hot end of the day… the sun still burns our skin, we’re not used to this in hungary… but I bet I could survive it with that delicious smoothie:)

    1. It would definitely help you make it through a hot day…I know those only too well in Colorado!

  8. What an incredible journey she’s been on. It’s wonderful that she’s faced it with calm determination. This smoothie would suit me down to the ground. I love strawberries and I love watermelon.

    1. That’s an understatement! I love them both too…and that touch of basil was just the icing on the, well, smoothie. 🙂

    1. Thank you Lizzie; they have made me a believer in healthy smoothies…see they can be pretty too! 🙂

  9. Each update on Lauren gets more and more positive and I can imagine how delighted and relieved you all are with this wonderful progress. She looks wonderful and happy!
    Loving the look of this smoothie, quite a delightful visual change from the green smoothies.
    Continued best wishes to Lauren for a full recovery.

    P.S. *Winner winner chicken dinner.* Love it! #Waunstrong

    1. She is really doing great…heading into the home stretch for which I am eternally grateful. I seriously loved this…so light and refreshing. Not JUST good for you but actually good!

  10. Sounds refreshing! I need something like this on a hot day like today. Its going to be like 107 here today. Going to try and stay indoors as much as possible.

    1. Oh yuck…yes you do. I would dive into a tub of ice cubes I think and sip on one of these! 🙂

    1. That I am Greg…my girls think I am over protective but they just don’t know…it’s just being a mom! I promised to love them forever; I know no other way.

  11. My fingers are crossed and all my prayers go out to your daughter! Know how hard it must be for both of you ~ Wishing you both the strength to get through this a day at a time.

    Sincerely,
    Millie Russoniello

    1. Thank you so much Millie; we have been so blessed with support and such positive results. I love this girl; the thought of her not making it crossed my mind ever so briefly but I’ve been encouraged by others and rightly so; she is doing great.

  12. Sounds good I am a Breast Cancer Survivor and trying to lose weight and stay healthy and am going to try this smoothie to gain strength as I am on breast cancer dragon boat team and love how you feel after your practice and a race.

    1. Thanks for leaving a comment Gail and hope you are doing well. This is such a light, healthy and refreshing drink…you should try it…and good for you to continue to work to improve your health!

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