Whether you’re starting your morning off right or planning a fun party or get together, these CBD Infused Watermelon Shooter Shots are a nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory option for consuming CBD and supporting your overall wellness.
CBD Infused Watermelon Shooter Shots
Emily, what the heck are watermelon shooters?
As a registered dietitian and certified Holistic Cannabis Practitioner serving those who live with autoimmune and inflammatory conditions, I know that the more nutrients we can get into the body, the better.
Shooters, also known as wellness shots, are just that – small amounts of liquid that are taken as a shot. The purpose of wellness shots is to consume a large number of nutrients in a small physical volume, while still reaping the benefits of the ingredients added.
Because only a small amount is consumed in a single sip, the flavors in wellness shots are typically intense and magnified as compared to other drinks that are traditionally sipped.
Adding CBD to this recipe is entirely optional, but many of my clients prefer to consume CBD this way because it eliminates the taste, allow for greater dosing accuracy, and provides longer-lasting benefits.
These watermelon shooter shots were created with both taste and nutrition in mind. In just a small 2-ounce shot you will get the nutritious benefits of watermelon, apple cider vinegar, freshly ground spices and CBD.
The taste is sweet and pungent, tangy and spicy, leaving a refreshing taste after enjoying.
The Health Benefits of Watermelon
Watermelon is no doubt considered a superfood on its own. Packed with important nutrients, the beautiful pink color signals the presence of powerful phytonutrients like carotenoids, specifically lycopene.
Typically, we associate lycopene with the health benefits of tomatoes, but recent studies have proven that red-fleshed watermelon is, in fact, a more concentrated source of lycopene, and that the lycopene may be more bioavailable in the body.
Lycopene, vitamin C, and many other flavonoids found in watermelon help contribute to the important anti-inflammatory properties of this fruit. The most abundant nutrients found within watermelon include vitamin C, pantothenic acid, copper, biotin, vitamin A, vitamin B1 and vitamin B6.
These nutrients and many more phytonutrients all contribute to the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and cardiovascular benefits seen with watermelon consumption.
In one cup of fresh diced watermelon, there is approximately 45 calories. One serving of watermelon can be considered to be low calorie.
In one cup of fresh diced watermelon, there is approximately 1 gram of protein. Watermelon is not a significant source of protein in the diet.
One question I get often from my clients is how many carbs in watermelon?
In one cup of fresh diced watermelon, there is approximately 12 grams of carbohydrates.
Watermelon Dietary Fiber
In one cup of fresh diced watermelon, there is approximately 0.5 grams of dietary fiber.
For Those Who Are Carb Counting
Because there are 12 grams of carbohydrates and only 0.5 grams of dietary fiber, watermelon has approximately 11.5 grams of net carbohydrates.
In one cup of fresh diced watermelon, there is approximately 0.25 grams of total. Watermelon is not a significant source of fat in the diet.
How Much Water in Watermelon?
One of the biggest draws to enjoying watermelon is the extremely high water content of this fruit. Many of my clients ask me: what percent of watermelon is water?
A general estimate that varies from watermelon to watermelon is approximatly 92% water content.
Watermelon Benefits for Skin
Watermelon traditionally has a reputation that it is a superfood for skin health. Perhaps due to the high water content, or the high nutrient content, watermelon certainly can help benefit the skin when consumed as a part of a healthy holistic lifestyle.
Is Watermelon Paleo?
Yes, watermelon is paleo and can make be an excellent Paleo choice when enjoyed in moderation.
Watermelon is also Autoimmune Paleo Protocol friendly, and you can find a recipe for a delicious Watermelon & Arugula Salad inside my first cookbook, The 30-Minute Thyroid Cookbook: 125 Healing Recipes for Hypothyroidism & Hashimoto’s.
Fun Watermelon Facts
Here are a fun watermelon facts from The National Watermelon Board:
- Watermelon’s official name is Citrullus Lanatus of the botanical family Curcurbitaceae.
- Some people debate whether or not watermelon is classified as a fruit or a vegetable. The jury is still out, and it can technically be classified as both!
- You should always wash the outside of your watermelon before cutting and enjoying, just like you would any other fruit like an apple. This helps to prevent potential food-borne illness.
- 100% of the watermelon is edible – yes, even the rind! Chef Phil often makes Pickled Watermelon Rind which is popular in countries and Southern states.
- You can also eat the watermelon seeds (without growing watermelon in your belly, as I told my 4-year old).
How to Make Watermelon Puree
Watermelon puree is the staple of this recipe, and it couldn’t be easier to make. Whether you’re making watermelon puree for this recipe, or to enjoy by itself or as watermelon juice, making watermelon puree is simple and only requires a blender.
To make watermelon puree, simply add freshly diced watermelon pieces (without the rind) to a blender and blend. Due to the high water content and low fiber content of watermelon, it is easily broken down and will turn into a puree/juice within 30-60 seconds.
Turn this into a Watermelon Vodka Cocktail
While alcohol is certainly not anti-inflammatory, I know that I love to have a good time and many of my clients do too! During times of good health, alcohol can be a mindful addition to any diet to enhance social experience, which is an important aspect of a holistic lifestyle.
Many of my clients who choose to consume alcohol still don’t abandon their desire for high-quality, nutrient dense options, which is why pairing this watermelon shooter recipe with the cocktail is ideal.
Instead of consuming a mixer like soda, which contains empty calories, this mixer is nutrient dense and contains beneficial antioxidants that may help to combat the free radicals and inflammatory process ignited by alcohol consumption.
To Make a Watermelon Vodka Drink
- Make this recipe according to the recipe directions.
- Combine 2-ounces of the prepared Watermelon Shooter with 2-ounces of seltzer and 1-ounce of liquid of choice: I recommend a clear liquor like vodka or rum.
The Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
The second most important ingredient found in this delicious watermelon shooter is apple cider vinegar. Many people in the wellness world are not new to taking a shot of apple cider vinegar for a variety of health reasons.
Many of the anecdotal reasons people say they consume apple cider vinegar include:
- Improved Digestion
- Improved Blood Sugar Control
While the is evidence lacking to support these claims, preclinical evidence suggests that apple cider vinegar can cause improved blood sugar control in mice, suggesting that further research should be done on the potential therapeutic benefits of consuming ACV in the diet (2).
This wellness trend is a personal preference, and I always encourage my clients to try things out for themselves and decide what makes a good addition to their own personal routine.
The Health Benefits of CBD
Again, the addition of CBD to this recipe is optional, but many of my clients enjoy adding CBD into this morning shot as a quick and easy way to get their daily dose.
If you’re brand new to using CBD to manage inflammation or other health conditions, you can start here with my CBD 101 Guide for Beginners.
If you’re not new to using CBD for wellness but are new to consuming CBD through food, you can check out this post on Culinary Tips For Cooking With CBD Hemp Oil.
While you can use the CBD Oil or tincture you may already have on hand, I always prefer to cook or create recipes with my CBD concentrate for potency, taste, and less volume.
If you’re unsure of how to dose CBD oil, check out my Cannabis Compass Education Course that walks you through different application methods and dosing recommendations.
If you’re an advanced cannabis consumer, I wanted to share with you this fun fact. All members of the plant kingdom, including watermelon and hemp, contain terpenes, which influence the smell, flavor, taste and health benefits of each food.
Watermelon contains the terpenoid Cucurbitacin E which is a triterpenoid that is known to lessen unwanted inflammation by inhibiting the activity of the enzyme cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) (1).
This further supports the idea that this delicious watermelon shooter is complimentary to an anti-inflammatory lifestyle.
- 5-ounces watermelon puree
- 2.5 ounces apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/16 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1mL CBD Extract
- In a blender, puree the watermelon and measure to 5 ounces.
- Add the apple cider vinegar, honey, and pumpkin pie spice. Blend on high for 60-seconds.
- Gently stir in the CBD, if using.
- Garnish and enjoy.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 2 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 30Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 0g