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Recipe: Watermelon Protein Cooler

watermelon protein cooler

This far into summer you’re probably dying for some kind of slushie, like a Slurpee or a frozen margarita. The problem is, one is loaded with sugar and the other is loaded with sugar and booze. The good news is you can make one yourself for less than 300 calories and it will have 22 grams of protein.

Whether you’re sipping this bad boy poolside or post-workout, this month’s shake will replenish you with a lightly sweet and entirely refreshing dose of protein, antioxidants, and electrolytes. Perfect for a hot summer day! Using coconut water as the base of the shake makes it light and fresh on the palate, really letting the subtlety of watermelon and cucumber shine. A touch of mint and the tang of the lime juice keeps it interesting. On a cheat day, I can imagine adding a splash of rum or tequila to this.

8 ounces coconut water
1 scoop unflavored protein powder
2 cups watermelon, diced
1 small cucumber, peeled
1 lime, juiced
9 to 10 mint leaves, more for garnish
1 dose colloidal trace minerals

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender, beginning with the water to avoid sticky protein-powder clumps. Blend until smooth.

Total: 263 calories, 42 g carbs, 22 g protein, 3 g fat, 2 g fiber

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