May 16, 2013

For the Love of Watermelon

Hey Babes! Sorry I haven't posted in a couple of days. It's been a crazy week. Anywhooo, I  have a confession: I am obsessed with watermelon. Like seriously, I could eat watermelon all day long. So, it's no surprise that I am thrilled during this time of year when watermelon are at their best. It's one of those foods that's versatile. Throw it in a dessert, salad, juice, and you're good to go. If you haven't fallen in love with watermelon, here are just a few reasons to add it to your diet:

  • Lycopene: In fresh produce, watermelons rank highest in lycopene content, even higher than tomatoes. Lycopene supports your heart and bones. 
  • Citrulline: An amino acid (building block!) that is converted by our kidneys and other organs, citrulline can lead to improved blood flow and other aspects of our cardiovascular health. There's also some studies that show the conversion of citrulline into arginine may help prevent excess accumulation of fat in fat cells...adios cellulite!
  • Vitamins C, A & B6: These vitamins are good for eye health, immunity and converting protein. 
  • Potassium: helps to balance water levels and can prevent muscle soreness and cramping if your working out 

Like I said, if you're not keen on eating the fruit by itself, try a watermelon with feta cheese and lime salad. Or try making strawberry watermelon lemonade by blending watermelon, frozen strawberries and a lemon. Last week I made chia watermelon popsicles...sooooo yumm. I promise to share the recipe with you next week :)
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