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All Hail The Watermelon

No other produce screams summer quite like the watermelon. It could be its refreshing sweetness or even the burst of color that adds a bit of brightness to your plate, but there’€™s more to watermelon than just its flavor. It boasts some powerful skin and health benefits, too.

  • At only 46 calories per cup, watermelon offers 20% of your daily intake of vitamin C and 17% vitamin A.
  • It contains dietary fiber for digestive health as well as potassium, a mineral that helps keep blood pressure capped.
  • Anti-aging benefits. Pink watermelon is source of the potent carotenoid antioxidant, lycopene. Lycopene is thought to act as a super antioxidant, stopping free radicals from damaging your cells and messing with your immune system.
  • It’€™s a natural moisturizer and toner for the face and keeps the skin glowing and well hydrated.
  • It helps relieve muscle soreness and inflammation that contributes to conditions like asthma, atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer, and arthritis.
  • Stress Buster – Watermelon is high in vitamin B6 which is used by the body to help relieve fatigue, stress and anxiety.
  • Instant source of energy – it contains electrolytes, minerals and carbohydrates which help keep the body hydrated and energetic.

Fun Fact: Watermelon is a fruit AND a vegetable!  It’€™s related to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash.

No wonder there’€™s a month-long holiday dedicated to it! Celebrate National Watermelon Month with this tasty treat:

Frozen Watermelon Lemonade

  • 3 cups watermelon cubes, seeds removed
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Juice of 2 lemons (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 1/2 cups strawberry-flavored, calorie-free carbonated water, chilled

How to make it’€¦

  1. Place watermelon cubes and raspberries in a blender; process until smooth. Pour through a sieve; discard pulp.
  2. Combine the sugar and water in the small saucepan. Heat, stirring constantly, just until the sugar dissolves. Set aside allow to cool slightly.
  3. Stir the sugar-water and lemon juice onto the watermelon raspberry juice mixture. Pour the juice mixture onto a covered freezer container. Freeze until firm
  4. Using an ice cream scoop, spoon the mixture into tall glasses. Pour 3 to 4 tablespoons of the strawberry flavored water over the frozen juice in each glass. Serve immediately.

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