Food

Summer Fruit Pick: Watermelon

Watermelon is a top fruit choice for the summer.  It is refreshing and loaded with a lot of antioxidants and vitamins; also very low in calories per 100gr watermelon contains only 30 calories.

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Watermelon is very rich in electrolytes, the minerals in your blood that affect your muscle function and body pH.  Because you lose electrolytes when you workout, a drink containing watermelon is a good way to replenish them after gym time. Watermelon is very abundant in vitamin A that is also a very powerful antioxidant.  Other antioxidant flavonoids watermelon contains are beta-carotene, lycopene, and lutein.  Each of this antioxidant flavonoids benefit the body in a different way- beta-carotene is great for healthy skin, lycopene prevents asthma caused by exercise and lutein supports eye health.  Here are 3 ways you can use watermelon during summer:

1.Watermelon Juice

Watermelon Juice is refreshing and perfect drink for the summer.  Loaded with electrolytes and vitamins, it will keep you hydrated and cool during the hot temperature days.  Simply blend or juice cold chunks of watermelon, add a little bit cucumber if you want to make it more refreshing.  If you want to add an extra health kick you can also add a pinch of mint.

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2.Watermelon Salad

For an interesting twist to your regular salad, add small chunks of cold watermelon.  Watermelon goes great in salads with feta cheese/goat cheese, olives, and tomatoes.  You can experiment with other flavors as well and add walnuts or grilled chicken.

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3.Make Watermelon Popsicles

Instead of eating your regular ice-cream, make low-calorie watermelon popsicles simply my mixing chunks of watermelon, lime juice and a little bit of honey or agave syrup.  Put them into popsicle molds and freeze them for several hours until solid.

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