Watermelon by Sue Singleton, Healthy Living Consultant

Summer and watermelon are inseparable. Thankfully, watermelon is not only

delicious, it is extremely healthy as well. Watermelon does a lot more than

quench your thirst on a hot summer’s day.

Watermelon nutrition facts reveal this fruit as a jack of all trades; providing

healthy amounts of virtually all essential vitamins and minerals.

One of the main health benefits of watermelon is its status as a powerful

antioxidant, found in vitamins A and C, which helps to neutralize free radicals

that can lead to inflammation, general sickness and chronic illnesses-oftentimes

causing strokes and heart disease.

Some other great benefits of this easy to love fruit:

*Watermelon has a higher concentration of lycopene than any other fresh fruit or

vegetable-providing cancer fighting benefits.

*Watermelon is a fruit that is rich in Electrolytes, Sodium and Potassium that we

lose through our perspiration.

*Watermelon is rich in the B vitamins necessary for energy production. This

makes it an excellent alternative to high calorie, caffeine and sugar drenched

energy drinks that caused dehydration.

*With a water concentration topping 90%, it aids your metabolism. With its

healthy amount of fiber and protein, your body will work hard to simply process

the watermelon.

*Watermelon acts as a cooling agent to your body and helps to remove ammonia

from the body. It is effective in reducing your body temperature and blood

pressure.

*The antioxidants found in watermelon help in reducing the severity of asthma.

*Watermelon protects against macular degeneration and glaucoma.

Wether you choose watermelons for their health benefits or simply for their good

flavor, they can be an excellent snack or summer dish.

 

Watermelon Mint Pop

  • • 1 Cup packed fresh mint leaves
  • •4.5 T minced ginger, divided
  • • 3 Tbs agave nectar
  • •1/2 t dried chili flakes
  • • ½ Cup filtered water
  • • 4 Cups cubed watermelon
  • • Seltzer or Soda Water
  • • Pinch sea salt

 

Make mint syrup. Place mint, 2 Tbs. minced ginger, agave, chili flakes, salt and

filtered water in a medium sized saucepan. Cover and bring to a gentle boil over

medium high heat, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 3-5 minutes. Remove

from heat while mint is still a vibrant green. Let sit for 10 minutes. Pour through

a strainer and discard solids.

Place remaining ginger and watermelon in a blender and puree until well

blended. Pour the mixture through a strainer(preferably lined with a double

layer of cheesecloth) and let stand for 15 minutes and let stand until all the liquid

has dripped through. Do not press the puree. It will make it cloudy.

Mix the mint syrup and watermelon-ginger juice in a sealed glass jar and chill in

the fridge. Mixture will stay fresh for up to 3 days.

To serve. Pour ½ Cup mixture into a tall glass, top with 6-8 ounces chilled

seltzer or soda water and stir.