Who doesn’t love watermelon? There is absolutely nothing to NOT like about it. It is a beautiful color (especially when you juice it), taste delicious, healthy healthy & so refreshing in the summer time 😀
Since I live in a city where we only get a good three months of beautiful weather, we don’t always have access to fresh watermelon. Such a sad sad thing for me.. but I do take advantage of when stores do have it. We buy the biggest one we can find and cut it all up – never lasts more than a couple of days at our house. Another way you can consume it is to stick it in a juicer with a bunch of mint — pretty sure it is the best thing on earth. You have to try it if you haven’t already. You get this amazing color, like in the pic to your left 😉
All you need:
- Mint leaves (preference on how much. I like a ton, I get them right from my mint plant outside ;))
- some ice
- (once in awhile, after a loooong day I will put some vodka in it, shhhhhh — makes it extra tasty)
Some neat facts about watermelon:
- It is more than 91 percent water. This means that eating watermelon on a hot summer day is a tasty way to help you stay hydrated.
- L-citrulline, an amino acid in watermelon, may protect against muscle pain.
- Contains more of the antioxidant lycopene than fresh tomatoes; just one little cup of watermelon has 1.5 times the lycopene as a raw tomato
- Contains vitamin A, B6, C, magnesium and potassium along with the anti-inflammatory antioxidant lycopene as well as cucurbitacin E, or tripterpenoid, which reduces the activity of the pain and inflammation-causing enzyme cyclooxygenase – the same enzyme blocked by COX-2 inhibitors, which include most NSAIDs like aspirin and ibuprofen.
- Because of its water and fiber content, helps promote regularity for a healthy digestive tract.
- Can relieve muscle soreness. Juice a fresh watermelon and drink it prior to your next workout. This contains a little over one gram of l-citrulline, an amino acid that seems to protect against muscle pain.
- The citrulline in watermelon is converted into L-arginine, which is a precursor to nitric oxide. Adequate nitric oxide is required to enable your blood vessels to stay relaxed and open for blood flow. So, it may help lower blood pressure!
- L-arginine may also help with erectile disfunction by helping to relax the blood vessels, including those supplying blood to your penis – watermelon is often referred to as “Nature’s Viagra”.
- You can eat the rind as well – throw it in a blender & enjoy!
Besides juicing for a delicious summer drink, there are many ways you can get your watermelon fix. Eat it as is, make salads, there is even a watermelon seed oil that you can purchase from Amazon. You can use it on your face/body – there is no scent though (I kind of wish there was… i love the smell of watermelon).
Summertime is coming… finally! Try this fresh delish salad:
- cut up watermelon
A simple & fresh salad. Adding balsamic to anything makes it yummy too 😉