Watermelon πŸ‰ Recipe

Watermelon is a nutrient dense food, and provides a high amount of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants for a low amount of calories. Refreshing quality and sweet taste help to combat heat. Watermelon is a member of botanical family Cucurbitaceae. Fruits help reduce risk of obesity and overall mortality, diabetes, heart disease, and promotes healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, overall lower weight. 

Some additional benefits include: 

Hydration- Made up of 92% water and full of important electrolytes, watermelon is  a great snack to have on hand during the hot summer months to prevent dehydration.

Skin- Watermelon is also great for skin because it contains vitamin A, a nutrient required for sebum production that keeps hair moisturized. Vitamin A is also necessary for growth of all bodily tissues, including skin and hair. The high amounts of Vitamin C also found in Watermelon is needed for building and maintenance of collagen, providing structure to skin and hair.   

Digestion and Regularity- Watermelon, Because of it’s water and fiber content, helps to prevent constipation and promote regulatory for a healthy digestive tract. 

Inflammation- Choline is a very important and versatile nutrient in watermelon that aids our bodies in sleep, muscle movement, learning and memory.  Choline also helps to maintain the structure of cellular membranes, aids in the transmission of nerve impulses, assists in the absorption of fat and reduces chronic inflammation.    

Muscle soreness- Watermelon and Watermelon juice have been shown to reduce muscle soreness and improve recovery time following exercise in athletes. Researchers believe this is likely do to the amino acid L-citrulline contained in Watermelon.  

Watermelon Popsicles:

Ingredients: 

4 cups chopped seeded watermelon 

1/2 cup Imperial sugar extra fine granulated sugar 

2 tablespoons orange juice 

Instructions: 

Combine waternelon, sugar, and OJ in a blender container; blend until smooth.

Pour into 8 popsicle molds or fill 8 cups (6 oz size) 3/4 full. Cover; freeze for 2 hours and insert popsicle sticks.

Freeze for 2 hours more or until frozen solid

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