Watermelon Delight (& Hiding the Flax)

Screen Shot 2014-05-05 at 9.42.18 PMAfter my celiac diagnosis, my GI sent me to a nutritionist. Based on my other allergies, medical conditions, etc. one of her suggestions was to introduce flaxseed into my diet.  I think it was for the fiber, but I cannot clearly recall at the moment.

My family instantly began a hunt for ways to introduce flax into my diet.  Most of the time we hid it in my morning oatmeal or a breakfast smoothie. However, one day my sister found a flaxseed chocolate bar. I hadn’t tasted flaxseed before. My first bite was so bitter! It tasted much like coffee to me (but I’m sure coffee lovers would disagree). While I finished the bar, we decided to return to our original strategy of hiding the flax. Ever since, it’s become a habit to hide flax in each smoothie I create.

20140502-101821-1024x881Now on Sunday, Laura from the Gluten Free Treadmill posted a Sunday Smoothie Link-Up! I just had to join in, not only because I read her blog everyday, but because I love smoothies. While I haven’t made my way into green smoothies, I decided to post a refreshing dessert smoothie that is perfect for summer!

While my Watermelon Delight smoothie is certainly not nutritious, I still add ground flaxseed to it.  This smoothie can easily take up to one tablespoon (per cup) without tasting it at all!

What’s your favorite smoothie? Dairy free smoothie? Be sure to consider linking it to the Sunday Smoothie Link-Up by May 10th! Voting will take place from May 11th-18th.

And without further ado, here’s my recipe and Happy Celiac Awareness Month!

Watermelon Delight

Allergens: Celiac friendly and free of the top 8. Always check the labels on the ingredients you choose to purchase.

IMG_8674Ingredients

  • 2 cups of Watermelon
  • ½ a Banana
  • Raspberry Sorbet (Generous Scoop,  ≈ ¾ cup)
  • 1 cup of Ice
  • Few Strawberries
  • 2 Tbsp. Ground Flaxseed (optional- check that it’s GF!)
  • Sugar (optional- to decorate the rim)

Procedure

  1. Chop up the watermelon, and make sure not to get any seeds.  This is obviously easiest with a seedless watermelon; however, I find it easy to avoid seeds and pull them out (when necessary) if you cut thin slices of watermelon.IMG_8668
  2. Place watermelon, banana, sorbet, ice, and strawberries in the blender. Mix until consistent.
  3. Pour into a bowl and mix in flax seed with a spoon.  Continue mixing until you can no longer see the flaxseed (or there are no more clumps).Screen Shot 2014-05-05 at 10.26.36 PM
  4. Dampen edge of glass and coat in sugar.Screen Shot 2014-05-05 at 10.11.29 PM
  5. Carefully pour the smoothie into the cup, so that you do not mess up the sugar rim. 🙂
  6. Serve cool and enjoy. (You may store in the fridge if you have a delay between preparation and serving time).IMG_8697

Tips and Tricks

  • If you prefer, you could mix in the flaxseed in the blender.  However, I choose to do it in a bowl, so that the blender is easy to clean! Also, this way someone in your party can have flaxseed, while someone else may opt out. 🙂
  • If you don’t have ice on hand, substitute in ¾ cup of water for the ice.  After mixing, place the drink in the fridge for approximately 15 minutes or the freezer for 5. (This works for Watermelon Delight because the smoothie is intended to be thin).

P.S: I went on a short road trip over the weekend with this cutie!

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12 thoughts on “Watermelon Delight (& Hiding the Flax)

  1. Thanks for sharing the smoothie recipe with Laura’s link-up! I love Flax, and have actually gotten my family eating it regularly by using it in breading for chicken and pork when I broil or grill, or in the winter with more casserole-type dishes. So it is something I no longer have to hide! The quinoa, though … 😉

    1. Ah that’s so funny! My family loves quinoa. We’ll eat quinoa dishes or place it on a crab cake, and no one flinches. Flax is its own monster in our household. While we add it to my drink and everyone else runs away! I’ll have to try adding it to my chicken “breading” too. Thanks for the suggestion! 🙂

      1. That’s funny and shows how everyone has different tastes! My dinner tonight had both quinoa as part of a side dish and flax breading for chicken. My boys (16 & 17) enjoy the quinoa – I came up with a cool way to integrate fire roasted tomatoes – and everyone likes the chicken! My wife will just never like quinoa, she says it is the texture. Oh well 🙂

    2. Your dinner sounds delicious! I’m kind of jealous since I just had a quick stir fry tonight. And, I can certainly see your wife’s point of view! (I wouldn’t eat rice when I was younger due to the texture, which is near impossible to believe now).

    1. It’s also crazy that I’ve never made a green smoothie! But, I cannot wait to try some out through the link-up. I did, however, go through a huge peach and blueberry phase. And, in my experience, watermelon smoothies (if it’s your main ingredient), tend to be thinner. But, I really like that! I find thinner smoothies to be a bit more refreshing on a hot summer day.

      P.S: You can add ground flaxseed to any smoothie (it doesn’t have to be a dessert smoothie). It usually blends in nicely.

    1. Glad to know I’m in good company!! If you give it a shot this summer, let me know how you like it. It’s definitely a sweet treat, and perfect for a poolside/beachside day. 🙂

      You could also experiment with strawberry sorbet and put in a few raspberries. Or, another sorbet, but I’m not sure what else would go well with watermelon off the top of my head!

  2. Sound delicious! My nutritionist told me to add flaxseed to my diet as well! She said it is the highest source of Omega-3, and I’m deficient being a vegan who doesn’t eat oily fish. So I add 2 tbsp to my morning smoothie!

    1. Awh, that makes sense! Glad to hear I’m not alone in hiding the flaxseed in smoothies. I don’t recommend trying a flaxseed chocolate bar, but maybe it tastes good in some other forms too. 🙂

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