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:
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.
Grilled Watermelon Salad
Strawberry Watermelon Smoothie