Watermelon should be crowned the official fruit of summer. It is perfect for the hot days of the year – not only is it 92 percent water, but also packed with nutrients including vitamins A, B6, and C, lycopene, and antioxidants.
An ideal snack on a hot day, watermelons also make delicious and vibrant salads, Watermelon summer refreshing drink, appetizers, and juices. If you’re looking for inspiration, here are some delectable recipes to try while the fruit is in season.
Best breakfast food: As its name advocates, watermelon is an excellent way to hydrate in the morning. What’s less well known is this juicy summer fruit is chock-full of nutrients found in vegetables, that are imperative for eye health, cardiovascular health, and cancer prevention.
Best of all, watermelon contains just 40 calories per cup, landing it on the ‘negative-calorie foods’ list that supposedly burns more calories during digestion than they add in. If you’re no stranger to the blender, add watermelon to your favorite fresh juice. The watery texture of the fruit makes it easy to liquefy without the help of a high-powered juicer — making it the perfect on-the-go brekkie.
Beneficial during pregnancy: Research suggests that pregnant women can rely on watermelon to keep morning sickness at bay. A study in the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics found that daily consumption of the super fruit reduced the incidence of preeclampsia by 50 percent.
Scientists have also discovered that watermelon is packed with vitamins A, C, and B6, as well as potassium and magnesium. These nutrients are significant for the development of your baby’s vision, brain, nervous and immune systems, and more. For you, potassium regulates water balance in the blood and body tissues during pregnancy.