Wickedly wonderful watermelon delights and enriches your summer!
From seed-spitting contests to delicious treats, watermelons are the perfect addition to your summer picnic basket. Today we’re gonna dish on the healthy secrets of Wickedly Wonderful Watermelon.
Watermelon Nutritional Facts
One of the first things to know about watermelon is that they’re almost 92% water. So they can easily help you reach your water intake for the day and with wickedly wonderful watermelon flavour! The high water content give watermelon a low calorie count – about 30 calories per 100grams!
Watermelons have a ton of vitamin A, vitamin B6, and vitamin C. They’re also high in lycopene, antioxidants, and amino acids.
What does that mean for your health?
Quite simply, it means wickedly wonderful watermelon is a nutrient packed delight. But if we were to delve a little deeper, we can explore just what those nutrients do for your body and its health.
We all know that vitamins do the body good. And when it comes to vitamin A, one of the best things it does for your body is help keep your skin and hair moisturized and healthy by encouraging collagen and elastin growth. A cup of watermelon has nearly a quarter of your recommended daily dose of vitamin A.
Vitamin C is also good for stellar skin and hair. But vitamin C also promotes your iron absorption, aids in the maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth, and boosts your immune system.
Another vitamin good for your skin is vitamin B6. Beyond that, though, vitamin B6 helps support eye health, improves cognitive function, and enhances blood vessel health. It’s also been shown to help detoxify the liver and relieve mood swings. So, the next time you’re feeling grumpy, reach for a bite of wickedly wonderful watermelon to help you smile!
Lycopene is a naturally occurring nutrient usually found in fruits in vegetables. It reacts with the human body to “trigger” healthy reactions and gives the red colour to things like tomatoes and watermelons.
Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that helps with heart and bone health. It’s even been linked to prostate cancer prevention.
In order to get the most lycopene (and other antioxidants in watermelon), be sure to let your watermelon fully ripen. The more red your watermelon is, the more nutrients are available in it.
Amino acids are, simply put, the building blocks of protein. Every bodily function uses protein, so eating foods high in amino acids are an excellent way to boost and maintain your healthy functions.
- Wickedly wonderful watermelon has been shown to help lower the risk of heart disease as it can help improve blood flow.
- Lycopene is an anti-inflammatory and, so, watermelon might help reduce inflammation in your body.
- We already mentioned it, but it’s worth repeating: hydration. The high water content in watermelon means it will help you stay hydrated throughout the day. The juice is also full of good electrolytes and could possibly help prevent heat stroke on a hot day!
- Fiber in watermelon means it can help boost your digestion.
- The abundance of antioxidants in watermelon means it may help prevent cancer.
Are there risks?
There’s always risks in life. But the key with food – wickedly wonderful watermelon included – is moderation. Eaten in reasonable amounts, watermelon poses no real health risk for most people.
However if you eat too much of it, you may find you’ve taken in too much lycopene or potassium (watermelon contains a small amount of potassium) which can cause things like nausea and indigestion.
Another thing to be aware of is watermelon’s sugar content. Yes, it’s a naturally occurring sugar and therefore a “better” sugar, but sugar is still sugar and too much of it can be excessively bad for you.
SMRT Health recommends eating watermelon in moderate amounts. Make sure to switch it up from day to day so you get a variety of fruits and vegetables!
Wickedly Wonderful Watermelon Treats!
Now that we know all about how good watermelon is for us, let’s eat! Below you’ll find some of our top picks for healthy summer recipes.
- Remember when we talked about blueberries last week? Here’s a recipe that combines blueberries and watermelon to make a delicious Watermelon Blueberry Salsa! It’s perfect with veggies or tortilla chips!
- Looking for a sweet twist to your summer salad? Look no further than this Perfect Summer Salad!
- Beat the summer heat with some cool and refreshing Watermelon Kiwi Pops!
- Soak up the benefits of watermelon and cucumber with these Watermelon, Cucumber, and Feta Bites!
- There’s a fresh take on refreshing and healthy pizza in this Watermelon, Feta, and Balsamic Pizza recipe!
- Sweeten your summer BBQs with these Grilled Watermelon and Pineapple Skewers!
Wickedly Wonderful Wrap-Up
Watermelons are delicious, refreshing, and full of vital nutrients to get your healthy body through the summer heat. Be sure to eat watermelon in moderate amounts and soak up all the benefits that come with the vitamins and nutrients in each bite.
Be sure to let us know if you try any of the above recipes – or if you’ve got your own recipes you’d like to share!