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Energize Your Morning with Watermelon, Lemon and a Hint of Mint! (Infographic)

The summers in the Midwest are pretty brutal when it comes to humidity. But I just can NOT deal with the bitter cold so I’ll take the warmth when I can get it! But it’s getting closer to the fall season, and I still had some energizing summer recipes to try out.  

 

Today was especially hot and after a long day of errands and a dog walk around the park, cooling off and recharging was much needed. And this watermelon mint juice recipe I concocted seemed perfect to try out today. It’s simple and I found a basic recipe and tweaked it to my liking.

 

 

You’ll need:

  DIY juice for energy

 

 

I loaded everything into my Nutri-Bullet blender cup and blended until smooth. Roughly about a minute or so. The result is a smooth, flavorful, and quenching drink that is not only delicious but full of what our bodies need to transform it into energy. And I know we all need a bit more of it to get through our busy days!    

 

 

 

Why It Works

 

 

Lemon juice

Lemon juice helps to keep you hydrated, elevates energy levels and aids in proper digestion. Mixed with some warm water, I swear it’s better than coffee in the morning! It keeps me alert without the stomach discomfort and subsequent crash coffee crash coffee always gives me.

 

The antioxidants also fight against impurities from our environment like pollution, chemicals (free radicals), leaving our skin smooth and bright. I even tone my face with the leftover lemon wedges to get even more use out of them!    

 

 

Mint

Mint has an amazing ability to sooth the stomach, and help with nausea. Anti-pruritic properties (reduces itching) can help with acne issues from the outside in. I have a constantly overflowing garden so this one of my many ways to use all that mint!    

 

 

Watermelon

Mostly water in its composition, watermelon makes it easy to stay hydrated and maintain good digestion. Just like lemon juice, it is also full of necessary antioxidants like Vitamin A and C which are essential to keeping hair and skin healthy by producing collagen, the most abundant protein in the body.

 

Note: Collagen keeps skin supple, prevents wrinkles, and keeps hair strong so having your body make more of it is the key!

 

Watermelon has also been known to help maintain a healthy blood pressure because of its high amounts of lycopene. This is especially important since I’ve discovered that almost HALF of all black, adult men and women are struggling with high blood pressure. And even after a workout, drinking a glass has even been found to reduce inflammation and soreness, because of Vitamin C’s anti-inflammatory capabilities.  

 

 

Chia Seeds

These tiny, tasteless, seeds are so powerful! Loaded with fiber, protein, and Omega-3 fatty acids (good fats!), they are the perfect add to round out this energizing, nutrient-packed juice!

 

They’re also heavy on the calories, but light on carbs (the carbs are mostly fiber), making them great for results whether you’re strength training or on a weight loss journey.  

 

160 calories, 5g of protein, 10g of healthy fat, and 8g of fiber in 2 tablespoons! So easy to throw into my drink, smoothie, oatmeal, or anything easily mixed.   Believe it or not, these little guys even have plenty of antioxidants, just like both the watermelon and lemon juice, to keep our melanin glow on point.    

 

 

Try it! See if it helps you get up and go a bit quicker the next morning.

 

 

 

Morning energy without the crash and CAFFEINE! infographic

 

 

 

 

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Hi, I’m Joanna. Self Care Blogger & Freelance Writer. I went from stressed-out perfectionist to self-care enthusiast by finally choosing to make my intuition and my self-care top priority. That’s why I created this sacred space to provide inspiration and motivation for black women struggling to make themselves a priority. And to empower themselves to create happier and more authentic lives through positive and actionable steps. You are worth finding your own freedom. Your happiness depends on it. Let’s heal together. Click "Start Here" to read about my journey!
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