By: Jacqueline Gomes, RDN, MBA
Watermelon is synonymous with Summer! At 92% water, watermelon is an excellent way to help hydrate in the heat. But if you think watermelon is void of nutrition – think again!
- At only 90 calories per 2 cup serving, watermelon also delivers potassium which may help with water balance and muscle cramps.
- Vitamin A in watermelon may help moisturize skin and build and maintain collagen.
- Watermelon contains higher levels of the antioxidant Lycopene than any other fresh fruit or vegetable. Lycopene is also among the carotenoids that may be helpful in maintaining healthy skin, such as providing protection from sunlight and UV rays.
3 Wonderful Benefits of Watermelon…
- At the Gym: Watermelon is a source of citrulline – an amino acid being studied to prove its effectiveness in reducing muscle soreness.
- At the Grocery Store: Watermelon in the best value in the produce section among fruit at only 17 cents per serving*
- At a Party: You can use the whole watermelon (flesh, juice and rind) to serve up to 3 dozen people – that’s convenient!
*August 2017 Watermelon Purchase Survey, conducted by MyPoints.com Inc.
Content source: Watermelon.org
Fresh Mozzarella Watermelon Salad
This light and lively, yet healthy, salad with the addition of watermelon is great on a hot summer day.
Prep: 5-10 minutes
Makes: 6 to 8 Servings
- 2 cups seeded small watermelon balls
- 2 cups fresh mozzarella pieces
- 1 cup chopped fresh basil (purple or green)
- bunch scallions, trimmed and chopped
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- pinch salt and pepper to taste
- dash balsamic vinegar as desired
- Toss together the watermelon, mozzarella, basil, scallions and oil.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve over a bed of baby greens with crostini on the sides. Drizzle a bit of balsamic vinegar over if desired.