Watermelon is one of my all-time favorite fruits. Its sweet flavor and light texture is refreshing every time I bite into it. While I’ve always known that watermelon is a fairly healthy food, especially if it’s taking the place of a heavy dessert, I had no idea how dense it was with good-for-you vitamins and nutrients.
Health benefits: Watermelon is an excellent source of Vitamin A, which is beneficial for eye health; Vitamin B6, which is beneficial for brain function and turning protein into energy; and Vitamin C, which helps strengthen the immune system, prevent cell damage and even promote healthy teeth and gums.
Watermelon also contains lycopene, which is an antioxidant that fights free radicals in the body and helps prevent heart disease and various types of cancer. It’s also an excellent source of potassium, which we all know helps muscle and nerve function, as well as helps maintain our body’s proper electrolyte level. (more…)
When the peak of summer hits, I start craving light, refreshing foods to help cool me down and keep me feeling healthy. Two of my very favorite summertime foods are watermelon and cantaloupe. And while I love eating them as is, it’s fun to change things up every once in a while to make an old thing new again.
My grandpa used to bring black diamond watermelons in by the dozens during the hottest summer months in Kansas. He and my grandma had a garden just outside of their house and I always knew I was in for a treat when I’d peek outside and catch him moseying around, looking to see if anything was ripe. No matter how many times I’d bite into the sweet, ruby red fruit, I always declared “This is the best watermelon I’ve ever had.” That’s exactly how good watermelon should taste every time.
Happy Fourth of July! If you haven’t lit a sparkler and stocked up on watermelon, you’re just not doing it right.
Watermelon is so hydrating and so filling that it might be summer’s most perfect food. That bold red hue is a sign that each bite is full of cancer-fighting lycopene, the most of any fruit. Each chin-drowning juicy bite of watermelon also boasts generous amounts of vitamins A, C, and B6. As well, watermelon is a rich source of potassium, an important electrolyte especially during these hottest days of summer.
The best way to enjoy watermelon, one of three super-healing summer melons, is to refrigerate and make thick slices for everyone to eat as-is. However, watermelon’s unique flavor, stunning color, and wide availability make it simple to incorporate in to a number of recipes.
If you’ve got more watermelon on your hands than you know what to do with this summer, start checking off these recipes:
In this week’s Health Buzz, learn how to stay fit while you beat the heat and enjoy what’s left of this blazing hot summer.
With stories from Shape, SheKnows, MomGenerations, and our team, you’ll learn how to actually enjoy a swimming workout, how to finally fit yourself on the to-do list, make plans for your first 5K this fall, and get to the bottom of this whole raw food vs. cooked food argument (spoiler alert: it’s a bit of a tie!).
Plus, sip into one of the best recipes we’ve stumbled upon all summer – watermelon mojitos. In a popsicle. We’re loving Sugar And Charm for this one!
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By Terri Hall for Care2.com
Some foods are fun to eat, and watermelon is definitely one of them. That triangular wedge of bright red/white/green and sweet juiciness forbids us to take life too seriously and shout, “SUMMER!!!” As if that weren’t enough, watermelon is packed full of nutrition, hydrates and is low-fat. While many of us think of watermelon as a great snack option, when you tally up its nutritive value, you might consider making this all-star a feature player in your cuisine.
Watermelons are an excellent source of several vitamins: