Watermelon may be one of nature’s most mouthwatering and refreshing summer treats. The good news is that it’s as nutritious as it is delicious. So, grab a slice and celebrate because August 3 is National Watermelon Day!
Watermelon—Water is the Key Word
Watermelon is 92% water, making it an ultra-hydrating summer fruit. Whether you blend it up, slice it for a snack, or add it as a colorful side dish at your next barbecue, it’ll keep you cool, hydrated, and refreshed.
Working Hard for Your Health
Have you ever heard of lycopene? It’s an antioxidant found in red fruits and vegetables, and watermelon contains more of it than any other fresh produce you’ll find. What does that mean for you? It means eating watermelon may reduce your risk of serious illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, and age-related macular degeneration.
The benefits don’t stop there. Watermelon may alleviate muscle soreness due to an amino acid called citrulline, and thanks to its high water and fiber content, it can assist with digestion and regularity. The fruit also helps reduce blood pressure and cholesterol while strengthening the immune system and nerve function.
In short, when it comes to your health, watermelon packs a punch!
If you’re looking for new ways to enjoy watermelon, look no further:
- Grill it
- Make watermelon salsa
- Turn it into sorbet
- Blend it into a smoothy
- Freeze it for a refreshing popsicle
- Juice it
- Dice it into salads (bonus: add a little feta cheese too)
- Pair it with mint
- Make a watermelon gazpacho
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