When I was a kid, I went to the same summer camp every single summer. It was a magical place full of pottery, hiking, making knots out of liquorice (and eating more liquorice than anything else), slushies, and fun. In the afternoons, the bright yellow bus would drop me off at home and my mom and I had a little routine. We’d head over to a local cafe and order a muffin and some juice. There were two kinds of juice at this particular chain: peach and watermelon. I can still taste them: super sweet but in a good way. I seriously miss that watermelon juice.
So I recreated it.
Going to Crestwood Day Camp was such an awesome experience, and besides all the games and theme days, they served incredible food. We had fish sticks that were actually good and crispy chicken fingers. On sandwich days, you could get turkey or tuna or everyone’s favourite: jam. OMG did people love the jam sandwiches. They were super simple, just bread and jam, but sometimes the simple things in life are the greatest. We also had pasta salad and lots of watermelon. Two Junes ago, there was a camp reunion and they served the exact same food that I remembered. Since I hadn’t figured out my food allergies yet, I could still eat everything, and that is another happy memory that I’ll never forget. I went with my mom and Anna, one of my camp counsellors-turned-math-tutor-turned-friend. She’s got two adorable kids, Leah and Owen, and it was really special to share that reunion day with 8-year-old Owen who loved playing basketball and eating tons of chicken fingers (with lots of plum sauce).
Growing up, every outing had to have some kind of food component. There were Skittles at a museum, hot dogs and ice cream at IKEA, etc. It’s no wonder I’m still so in love with food. But this watermelon juice holds a special place in my heart. I can remember it LIKE was yesterday. I’m not sure why this captivated me so much because I’m not even sure that I ate tons of watermelon as a kid.
Maybe it was the pink colour. I’ve always loved colour.
Yeah, it was probably the colour.
This Watermelon Juice is super sweet and refreshing but has only natural sugar from the fruit. Blend a few slices with water, a hint of vanilla, and some chia seeds and you’ve got the perfect summertime drink for any time of day. The chia seeds serve two purposes: they’re superfoods and full of fiber, but they also look just like tiny watermelon seeds.
- 2 slices watermelon
- ½ cup water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- Cut your watermelon into small cubes.
- Blend the watermelon, water, vanilla and chia seeds.
- The juice is ready when it's smooth with a frothy top.