We don't watch a lot of TV in our household. Sometimes I'll turn it on for a little background noise, but it's very rare for me to just sit and watch without doing something else at the same time -- usually working on my laptop, but also often running on the treadmill.
What do I watch while I'm running? Cooking shows, of course! My husband thinks I'm a little looney to torture myself like that, but I actually find them both inspirational and motivational in an "if I keep running for another 15 minutes, maybe I can treat myself to a couple of those death-by-chocolate peanut butter chip cookies and still fit into my skinny jeans" kind of way.
One of the shows that I really like to watch while running is The Chew -- around here, it's on weekdays on ABC at 1:00. It keeps me engaged because there are always several regular hosts bantering while making great food, and often there are guest hosts to change things up. It's just a little less scripted and more lively than some of the more traditional cooking shows with a single-host format.
The Watermelon Cucumber Cooler that I'm sharing with you today was inspired by the Minted Cucumber and Watermelon Punch that Carla Hall prepares in the video clip below.
This refreshing summer drink combines fresh watermelon puree, an English cucumber, fresh lime juice, a small handful of fresh mint, and a touch of my double strength simple syrup to taste. Served super cold over ice, it's a fantastic way to beat the heat and a delicious thirst-quenching after workout drink.
I chose to garnish my coolers with a simple sprig of fresh mint, but I also really love the way Carla cubed and froze fresh cucumbers to make little cucumber ice cubes. Adults can feel free to add a splash of gin or vodka for a little kick, making this a fabulous versatile party punch that can be served to all ages.
If you've never watched a full episode of The Chew, you can check one out below. The Arepa Chicken Sliders and Red Cabbage Apple Slaw both caught my eye and made it onto my "to make" list!
I'm always looking for new ways to spice up my Summer dishes, and ABC’s The Chew serves up everything from grilling and outdoor entertaining to road trips and picnics. Watch weekdays 1e|12p|c on ABC to see what celebrity chefs Mario Batali, Michael Symon, and Carla Hall, lifestyle expert Clinton Kelly and fresh face of healthy living Daphne Oz are dishing out to inspire you this Summer.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of ABC’s The Chew. The opinions and text are all mine.