Watermelon works miracles on the hottest of summer days. Hydrating, cool and refreshingly sweet, this low-calorie fruit is high in vitamin C, vitamin A, and therefore, rich in beta carotene and lycopene. Cucumbers and their juice are not only tasty, but also serve as a hydrating form of vitamin C and contain anti-inflammatory properties.
Almonds, which are freshest in midsummer, are rich in vitamin E, a good source of protein, minerals and health-promoting fats. It’s a great thickener to this cool soup in place of bread.
Jalapeños and hot chilies, in addition to their hot flavor-boosting properties, are revered for a multitude of health benefits from boosting metabolism to curing stomach ailments.
Together, these ingredients make for a spicy watermelon gazpacho that will make your mouth water. For more recipes, visit Mindy's most recent post on her Meals on Heels Blog.
Entertaining Option: Skewers of grape tomatoes and cucumber slices inside each glass topped with basil and feta crumbles.