Very few things are able to put me off my feed, but the combination of antibiotics I was on between surgeries did the trick. I knew I needed fluids, and I needed protein, but nothing sounded good. We had a big watermelon we needed to use up, so I made a couple of “experiments”. First off is the watermelon water pictured above. I hate the taste of plain water, but the fruit-flavored waters I’d been drinking weren’t appealing anymore, either. So this is just watermelon chunks and ice dumped into a big glass jug and filled with water. If I’d had a lemon handy I’d have sliced that into it, too. Just a hint of flavor – perfect for hot summer days.
Then I made watermelon smoothies. Sorry, I forgot to take a picture. They were pink. All the recipes I found involved ice cream or shaved ice, neither of which I wanted, so I just filled my blender half-full of watermelon chunks, dumped in about 8 ounces of plain yogurt, and added about 1 Tbsp lemon juice. It was creamy, slightly tart, and VERY healthy. I think that may be my go-to treat for the summer.
Post-second-surgery addition: Switch to Greek yoghurt in the smoothie for more protein and this is a fabulous stand-alone meal for when your throat is swollen nearly closed and your stomach is in knots from steroids and MORE antibiotics 🙁