Watermelon

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What better food than watermelon for the 4th of July weekend?

I have to admit that writing this week’s Nutritional Boot Camp was really inspiring. I have a watermelon sitting in the refrigerator, and I’m looking forward to some new ideas on a summertime favorite. Enjoy!

Why Eat Watermelon?

From an anti-cancer perspective, watermelons offer both anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant health benefits. It’s also a very versatile, inexpensive summer favorite.

Watermelon is thought to have originated in Africa. It comes in yellow, orange, pink and red. From a health perspective, red fleshed watermelon is notable for it’s concentration of lycopene, which is a free radical anti-oxidant. Ripe melons tend to have the highest lycopene levels.

This fruit can be sliced, cubed, scooped or pureed. For many, choosing a ripe melon represents a dilemma. This short video discussed how to select a melon and quickly cut it:

Recipes

Arugula, Watermelon and Feta Salad
For a simpler version, just toss sweet watermelon with mint and feta and enjoy! It’s one of my favorite summer salads.
Fish Tacos with Watermelon Salsa
The watermelon salsa is a great idea that can be used in many ways.
Watermelon Gazpacho
Grilled Watermelon Salad
Strawberry Watermelon Smoothie

More Reading

How to Choose a Watermelon
Whfoods.org

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