08 Aug, 2009
“Rejuvenator” Watermelon-Goji Berry Smoothie and Raw Cocktail
There are so many reasons to make this smoothie a staple in your diet, I hardly know where to begin! It is packed with a freakish amount of beta carotene, antioxidants, and vitamin C, and has a number of other phytonutrients that make it a nutritionist’s dream. Gojis function as a potent “adaptogen” in the body, helping to maintain balance and combat stress.
Watermelon is famed for its help with weight loss, and the Goji Berry is reputed to be the #1 food for health and longevity in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Goji Berries also appear to be an effective appetite suppressant, my theory being that they are just so jam-packed with nutrition that the body gets sated very quickly.
If you’ve never tried Goji Berries, be sure to read more about them here.
Gojis provide an unusual creaminess generally not found outside of expensive ice cream, giving this smoothie great “mouth-feel” and a satisfying feeling of substance. You can use this recipe as a base for so many great smoothies — just add berries, mango, peaches, or any another favorite fruit.
In addition, turn this smoothie into a great Raw Cocktail by customizing it with your favorite libation.
“Rejuvenator” Watermelon-Goji Berry Smoothie Recipe
- Watermelon to fill blender to 32 oz. mark
- 1/4 cup Goji Berries
- 1/2 cup water (just to get the ingredients turning in the blender…)
Put all ingredients in the blender and blend til smooth. Garnish with piece of watermelon and serve, or pour over ice into water bottles you can take with you when you hit the road for errands, work, or… whatever.
Watermelon-Goji Berry Raw “Rejuvenator” Cocktail Recipe
To turn your “Rejuvenator” Watermelon-Goji Berry Smoothie into a Raw Cocktail, just add a shot of rum, tequila, or your favorite flavored vodka.
In these photos: I’ve used my personal fave, Jose Cuervo’s “Black Medallion” dark tequila, made from the agave plant beloved of many raw foodies.
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