Food of the Week: Watermelon

When someone says ‘Summer’ there is one thing that I always think about: Watermelon. Not only is watermelon a summertime fruit, it’s also such a good addition to your diet with a super high water content of over 91%. This colourful fruit is deliciously hydrating in the hotter months, but make sure you drink it in addition to water, not as a substitute!

I get so excited about going off on holiday to an all inclusive resort and knowing that there will be fresh watermelon at all mealtimes. It can be quite tricky to cut yourself, so having it pre prepared for you is definitely a bonus. Watermelon contains Lycopene, the powerful antioxidant that gives fruit and vegetables a vibrant pink or red colour – found especially in tomatoes. Watermelon has a more concentrated amount of Lycopene in comparison with tomatoes, around 1.5 times more than our little red friends.

They’re also a great addition to any smoothie, fruit bowl or meal in general as they go brilliantly in a salad, are delicious as a dessert and are even a lovely surprise as a starter. This big guy is good for just about anything, and the health benefits are on-going. Watermelon can aid with muscle soreness and poor skin, helping to give you that summertime glow. Their high water content can help prevent heat stroke in hotter climates, which is why they’re everywhere you turn when you’re on a summer holiday.

At just 46 calories per cup, is it any wonder we just want to eat the entire thing?!

 

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