With my wedding quickly approaching, I’ve been focusing extra hard on giving my body the nutrition that it needs, gearing up for a crazy season of events, traveling, wedding, honeymoon, etc… All fun things, but I’m only human! I get sick, jetlagged and fatigued just like everyone else, and with my schedule, I need to always make sure that I’m taking care of myself. One of my favorite ways to watch calories while still getting tons of nutrients is to make soups at home. They’re easier than you think! My friend Elina wrote the ultimate soup cookbook, “Soupelina’s Soup Cleanse”, full of plant-based soups to detox and fuel your body. I’m obsessed with watermelon in summer (see another cute DIY I just did here)), and since I have a ton around the house right now, I made this yummy watermelon gazpacho from Elina’s book.
I never knew this before reading the recipe, but watermelon rinds are actually very healthy. The pale pink and green part of the watermelon contain an amino acid called citrulline, which is a powerful antioxidant. If you have a strong blender (like a Vitamix), you can easily blend them into different recipes – you’ll never throw away the rinds again! Read below for this simple, cold soup recipe.
1 cup fresh mint or parsley leaves
1 celery stalk, cut into chunks
1 garlic clove
1 dozen cherry tomatoes
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 Persian cucumbers, cut into chunks
4 cups cubed watermelon rind, hard skin removed
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Himalayan pink sea salt
1) Combine the mint, celery, garlic, tomatoes, and oil in a Vitamix. Puree until smooth. Transfer the mixture into a large bowl.
2) Working in batches, combine the cucumbers, watermelon rind, apple cider vinegar, and salt in the Vitamix. Puree until chunky or smooth as desired.
3) Add to the other puree and stir together well (or just toss in the Vitamix together and give a quick pulse). Add salt and vinegar to taste.
4) Chill until cold, about 2 hours. Taste for salt again before serving, and garnish with watermelon slices or cucumbers.