Watermelon and Strawberry Iced Smoothie

A blended smoothie with the summery flavours of watermelon and strawberry.

Overhead view of Watermelon and Strawberry Iced Smoothie in glass


This iced smoothie is a copycat smoothie of one I tried in Pizza Express. It was so good I had to replicate it at home.

Edinburgh Science Festival


During the school Easter holidays I took Cooper over to Edinburgh as the Science Festival was on. It's always worth a visit if you have kids. 

The festival is spread over several venues including the City Art Centre and the National Museum of Scotland runs every April for a few weeks.

Photos of child at Edinburgh Science Festival


We popped into the City Art Centre first, but they had changed the booking system and most of the slots were full, so we headed up to the National Museum of Scotland, where there was plenty to see and do.

Cooper particularly enjoyed the tinker project where he was given a keyboard to take apart, examine and re-assemble. 

I was rather worried we would soon find electrical items at home in bits, but thankfully that hasn't happened. I think we will be keeping broken electricals for him to tinker with though.


Veggie Lunch in Edinburgh


There are so many exciting options for lunch near the National Museum of Edinburgh.  

There's Revolution, across the road from the museum, which have a good range of vegetarian and vegan options on the menu from burgers and pasta to meze platters and salads. 

Down in the Grassmarket, you will find Pumpkin Brown, which is a cosy little vegan cafe.

Just off the Royal Mile, on St. Mary's Street you will find David Bann, one of the best veggie restaurants in Edinburgh.

If the sun is shining, it is well worth heading down Royal Mile and turning into Cockburn Street where you will find The Baked Potato Shop, which is full of super tasty fillings for your tattie, which is slow cooked and delicious. There are always vegan sweet treats and savoury pastries too if you're lucky.

Pizza Express


Of course Cooper just wanted to go to Pizza Express. Nothing else would do.

I have to admit it's great for kids, with the fun pack they are given to keep them busy and the kids menu. He always selects the dough balls, pizza, a brownie and a bambinocinno (we make our own frothy babyccino at home, do try it if you have kids).

child in pizza restaurant


The nearest Pizza Express to the museum is just along George IX Bridge passed the library, so not  too far.

While Cooper ate his multiple courses I had a Leggara pizza, where the middle of the pizza is cut out and replaced with a dressed salad.

I chose a new drink from the menu, the Watermelon Chill. It was lip-smackingly good!

I had to make my own!


Watermelon and Strawberry Iced Smoothie in a glass beside wedges of watermelon and strawberries


Watermelon and Strawberry Iced Smoothie


This is a simple iced drink made with watermelon, strawberry, apple and mint. 

The Pizza Express menu called it a Watermelon Chill and described it as a bright juice blend of apple, watermelon, strawberry and fresh mint, so I presume it is pre-mixed or juice from juice packs and mixed rather than freshly blended.

My iced smoothie is fresh.

Strawberries aren't in season here yet in Scotland, so I used frozen strawberries, which gave it that iced drink finish.

Do give it a try, it's very summery and moreish.


Summer Gin Cocktail


To make a rather amazing summer cocktail for adults, add a measure of pink gin to each glass before adding the smoothie or add 4-6 measures of gin to the blender while whizzing up the iced smoothie.


A whole watermelon


Health Benefits of Watermelon


Watermelon is a great option if you're craving some fruit or trying to reach that elusive 5 or 10 a day pieces of fruit and vegetables.

So why is watermelon such a good choice?


  1. It's high in vitamin C with 21% of your recommended daily intake (RDI).
  2. Watermelon is high in vitamin A, with 18% of your RDI. 
  3. It also contains potassium, magnesium and vitamin B1, B5 and B6.
  4. It's suggested that the lycopene in watermelon can help lower your chances of cancer as well as helping with blood pressure and to lower cholesterol.
  5. The vitamin C and lycopene have anti-inflammatory properties.
  6. Vitamin A & C are good for healthy skin and hair.
  7. Over 90% of watermelon is water, so it's also helps hydrates you.


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    Watermelon and Strawberry Iced Smoothie in a Froothie Power Blender





    Which blender?


    A power blender is essential for a good smoothie. 

    You can use a cheaper, less powerful blender, but you must not add ice or frozen fruit to one of these basic models as they aren't powerful enough to cope and you'll just burn out the motor. I know as I've killed a few blenders in my time.

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    Watermelon and Strawberry Iced Smoothie


    Watermelon and Strawberry Iced Smoothie
    Yield: 4-6
    Author:
    prep time: 5 Mcook time: total time: 5 M
    A blended smoothie with the summery flavours of watermelon and strawberry.

    ingredients:

    • 500g/ 1/2 medium watermelon, skin removed
    • 150g/1 cup frozen strawberries
    • 1 apple, cored and chopped
    • 350ml/1 1/2 cups water or apple juice
    • a few sprigs of mint
    • ice cubes 

    instructions:

    1. Halve the watermelon, cut into wedges, then cut the flesh from the skin and roughly chop.
    2. Chop the apple.
    3. Add the watermelon, strawberries, apple and water (or apple juice) to your blender.
    4. Blend until smooth.
    5. Serve in glasses with fresh mint and ice cubes.
    6. Enjoy!

    NOTES:

    If you have don't have a power blender, use fresh strawberries as the motor might not cope with the frozen strawberries and it could burn out.
    Calories
    81.06
    Fat (grams)
    0.26
    Sat. Fat (grams)
    0.03
    Carbs (grams)
    20.70
    Fiber (grams)
    2.33
    Net carbs
    18.37
    Sugar (grams)
    15.33
    Protein (grams)
    0.60
    Sodium (milligrams)
    5.67
    Cholesterol (grams)
    0.00
    smoothie, iced smoothie, iced drink, mocktail, watermelon smoothie, watermelon drink, watermelon, strawberries, mint
    drink
    British, vegan
    Created using The Recipes Generator


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    23 comments

    1. I've been craving for this drink since I last had it at one of my colleges place! Thanks for sharing this!

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    2. Perfect summer drink! Using this recipe for my mother's day brunch!

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    3. Interesting recipe! The Museum of Scotland sounds great too. I love a refreshing drink so will have to give this a try, cheers!

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    4. Good and refreshing idea watermelon and berries yummy! Love smoothies making this next week.

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    5. What a fun event!! This drink is mouthwatering and I cannot wait to try it! I will have to make it by the truckload as these are my daughters three most favorite fruits!!

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    6. This juice looks lovely - and your outing to pizza express sounds fun - though I smiled at your rundown of exciting cafes before going to a place Cooper loves - just how I am when out with Sylvia - I love the baked potato cafe but would love to try pumpkin brown

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      1. Yes you know my pain Johanna. Still as long as they are happy!

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    7. Ooh, I think even when strawberries are in, I may continue to use frozen, just to get it icier. What a great idea!

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      1. Yes or add lots of ice. I say that knowing you will have a power blender.

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    8. The Science Festival sounds brilliant. I do love Edinburgh. Your smoothie sounds pretty good too and I'm now craving watermelon. Pinned so I can make it in the summer. Also flipped & mixed.

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      1. Yes it's well worth going to if you ever visit in April. Oh yes you are on the flip side of our season and approaching winter, aren't you?

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    9. Ah, it's a shame you couldn't convince Cooper to go for the Independent cafe over the chain, but the silver lining is that we all get to enjoy this smoothie too - it's just the kind of drink my family ask for on repeat over the summer.

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      1. Haha yes that is true and to be fare the whole trip was for him. The drink is super tasty and refreshing.

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    10. I had this smoothie a couple of times last Summer and loved it. I'll definitely be making this! Thanks for sharing :-)

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    11. Your smoothie looks wonderfully refreshing and summery!!

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    12. I'm so much into watermelon lately. Sounds delicious

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