Today, we are featuring my youngest son, Alex, making a recipe he came up with – Triple Fruity Freeze, a healthy, frosty and refreshing drink, perfect for a hot summer day. Steve Jobs, the duck (the Kids Cooking Channel mascot), had a sip and loved it too!
During the summer, it’s especially important to keep hydrated, so what better way than to use whole fresh fruits as a natural way to replenish your body with water and nutrients. Watermelon is about 92% water by weight, making it ideal for blending into a drink to rehydrate your body.
My four boys love to play basketball two-on-two, so you can imagine how hot and sweaty they’ve been lately after their games. Although I encourage them to drink cold water, having a refreshing icy fruity drink is a real treat.
I often simply blend watermelon chunks, a squeeze of lime juice and ice cubes to make a frosty watermelon drink during the summer, but Alex came up with this combination today of watermelon, cherries and bananas and named it the Triple Fruity Freeze.
I love it when kids use their creative juices to concoct their own recipes, especially when they’re healthy (and even healthier than my own concoction). This frosty treat is full of Power Foods!
I had never really thought watermelon was that nutritious, but it is an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A, and a good source of potassium and magnesium. Watermelon is also a very concentrated source of the antioxidant lycopene, which is protective again prostate cancer, breast cancer, endometrial cancer, lung cancer and colorectal cancers. In addition, watermelon is exceptionally high in an amino acid called citrulline which our bodies use to make another amino acid, arginine, which helps remove ammonia from the body.
This Triple Fruity Freeze also contains brain-boosting cherries and pomegranate juice, which are full of antioxidants, and bananas which are rich in vitamin C, B6, manganese, fiber, potassium, and magnesium. What’s not to like about a frosty treat that not only rehydrates your body, but is full of nutrients and helps protect brain health. Drink up!
If you’d like to see some fun videos that Alex has made (all by himself) featuring his duck, Steve Jobs, check out Steve Jobs Life Cycle (Fictional Story), Steve Jobs the Duck, Steve Jobs and 1+1, The Magical Steve Jobs Commercial, and the 8 Ducks of Luck Movie Trailer. Can you tell that Alex likes ducks?
- 1 watermelon
- ½ cup cherries, pitted
- ½ cup pomegranate juice
- ½ cup frozen banana slices
- 1 cup ice
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
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