There is a lot more to watermelon than what meets the eye! In this episode of Authentic Self Wellness Radio, you will learn all about this delicious juicy fruit, just in time for these hot summer months! We talk about the history, where it is grown, the nutritional benefits of it, and how easy it is to include watermelon in your daily diet. Enjoy!
I have always been a huge fan of eating watermelon! Lately, I’ve started juicing watermelon and combining it with other ingredients like cucumbers and strawberries. Yum! Watermelon is not only delicious but it is loaded with healthy nutrients. For example, watermelon is a rich source of immune-boosting vitamin C and hair-healthy vitamin A. It is also a good source of lycopene, a carotenoid that works to promote good cardiovascular health. One cup of fresh watermelon contains more lycopene than that one cup of tomatoes! In addition watermelon’s heart-healthy traits, it’s an excellent source of free-radical fighting antioxidants and B vitamins, perfect for giving your body a nice boost of natural energy. Watermelon also contains potassium and magnesium to help your body circulate your blood properly.
Did you Know:
– Watermelon has a high water content, which makes it so refreshing during the warmer months. This also makes it a great food for promoting a healthy weight because it will fill you up while giving you a big dose of nutrients.
– While you can purchase watermelon year-round, the best time to buy it is during the summer. This is when it will have the most nutrients and taste the sweetest.
In the mood for a tropical tasting smoothie? Get ready to enjoy this delicious concoction, full of health-promoting nutrients. Kiwi fruit is loaded with immune-boosting vitamin C in addition to copper, magnesium, and manganese. Watermelon is a great source of vitamin A and heart-healthy potassium. I like to add kefir to this smoothie for a nice boost of probiotics. Give this recipe a try today!
Tropical Immunity Booster with Kiwifruit and Kefir
- 1 C watermelon (no seeds)
- 2 kiwifruit (peeled)
- 1 C kefir
- 1/4 C organic mango or passion fruit juice (optional)
Do you feel cold and worn out all the time? Looking to improve your circulation? Try adding some foods rich in omega-3 to your diet, such as chia seeds, wild-caught salmon, flax seeds, raw nuts, and sardines. Vitamin C helps to improve our circulation as well and can be found in foods like oranges, lemons, grapefruits, and even cabbage! Some other good foods to eat include seeds (pumpkin seeds are fabulous), nuts, and wheat germ (full of fat soluble vitamin K). Garlic and watermelon also help to reduce and remove plaque in our arteries thus improving blood circulation.