I do believe that we have had watermelon everyday this summer. It is one of my favorite summertime treats. When I buy a watermelon and bring it home… I immediately cut it into small triangles and store them in the fridge so that we can grab a piece easily.
I thought it might be a great time of year to tell you all the health benefits of watermelon, share a few interesting facts that you might not know about watermelon and maybe give some tips on how to choose a watermelon when you are at the produce market.
- 46 calories per cup
- Each serving has 20 percent of your daily vitamin C
- 17 percent of your daily vitamin A
- Both Vitamin A and C are needed for strong immunity
- Provides potassium, which helps steady blood pressure
- The pink inside of the watermelon is loaded with lycopene, plant pigment that is linked to lower rates of heart disease and certain cancers
- Lycopene has also been shown to decrease chances of sun-damage to skin
What are some things I do with Watermelon in the summer?
- Cut it into triangles and eat about 4 times a day as a snack
- Add it to smoothies
- Grill it with a bit of olive oil and salt and pepper
- Make a salsa to eat over fish or chicken
- Add slices to a salad instead of tomatoes. Really yummy with arugula!
Things you might not know about watermelon:
- Did you know that you can eat the seeds of a watermelon? Toast them and sprinkle with spices. Great source of fiber, protein and magnesium.
- When choosing a watermelon at the market, the heavier the melon…. the juicier the slices.
- Look for watermelons that have a slight yellow spot… that means that they have been allowed to be left on the ground and ripen completely before it picked. If there is no yellow spot then the watermelon may not be fully ripe.
- If you store an uncut melon at room temperature for a few days it will raise the lycopene levels by up to 20 %.
Enjoy the summer and enjoy some watermelon too! Have a TRIANGLE…..or two!
**Some of the information I gathered came from……. The Flexitarian Diet by: Dawn Jackson Blatner and an article on watermelon I read last summer by Cristina Tudino.