Feeling hot, hot, hot? Need a post-workout snack? Look no further than your local farm stand, and pick up a watermelon! Fresh fruit season just so happens to be right around the corner and with it, there is literally nothing better than being able to fill our bodies with live organic food… especially when that food is full of nutrients, and meets the above needs! As its name implies, watermelon is not only made of water, but it contains natural sugars, and is packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, too.
Here are 5 reasons to make it a year round staple:
Watermelon is comprised of 92% water so it can quench your thirst, replenish fluids after exercise and keep you hydrated on a hot summer day. It also contains electrolytes that aid in maintaining balance in your body, and can even help to prevent stroke! Devour a bowl of this fruit whole, or make yourself a watermelon juice in the morning to start your day in a hydrated way!
Skin & Hair.
Just one cup of watermelon contains nearly ¼ of your recommended daily Vitamin A intake. Vitamin A is necessary to sustaining epithelial tissue, and since your skin is the largest epithelial tissue you have, this antioxidant helps to keep it moisturized, while promoting the growth of collagen and elastin cells. Your hair meanwhile, benefits from Vitamin A as it helps to produce healthy sebum; the oily substance that comes from your scalp and inhibits hair from drying out.
Watermelon has 1 gram of fiber per serving, and fiber encourages a healthy digestive system. At the same time, it rocks for keeping things regular. Taboo? Yeah. But hey, a girl’s gotta keep it all movin’.
Watermelon is composed of a high level of lycopene; it has about 15 to 20 milligrams per a 2-cup serving. Lycopene boosts antioxidant levels and as such has been linked to promoting bone and heart health, and the prevention of prostate cancer. A phytonutrient, lycopene is a naturally occurring compound found in fruits and vegetables. It triggers healthy reactions within the human body. It’s also responsible for producing the rosy red color in tomatoes, guavas, and you guessed it…watermelon.
Lycopene plays an important role in making watermelon an anti-inflammatory fruit, as well. It neutralizes free radicals, thus reducing the risk of cancer. In keeping, cucurbitacin is another phytonutrient found in watermelon that actually blocks the activity of inflammation, fever, and pain. The next time you feel a tinge of discomfort, try reaching for some watermelon to cure what ails you!
Adding more watermelon to your diet is easy! You can slice it into bite-size chunks and eat it plain, include it in a fruit salad, mix it with arugula, chopped fresh mint and feta cheese, put it on the grill, or make the watermelon juice below. The possibilities are endless when it comes to enjoying this healthful fruit!
How To Make Watermelon Juice:
- Chop up your watermelon into 1-inch pieces
- Put the watermelon chunks in your blender. As many as you can fit… don’t be shy, stuff it in there!
- Put the lid on and blend!
See? Easy! If you like your juice thick and are using a seedless watermelon, you can drink away! Or if you opt for a regular watermelon with seeds, you can strain out the seeds after blending for a more juice-like consistency.