Watermelon Fun!

Today is the first day of July and the summer time is here! What better way to celebrate the first day of July with a fun watermelon drink? Watermelon is a good source of vitamin C,  has plenty of antioxidants (watermelon gets it reddish-pink shades primarily from lycopene!), and has a rich supply of an amino acid called citrulline.

A fully ripened watermelon will feel heavy for its size. Heaviness in a watermelon is a good thing because the water content of a watermelon will typically increase along with ripening, and a fully ripened watermelon will be over 90% water in terms of weight! A fully ripened watermelon will also often have a ground spot that has turned creamy yellow in color.

Looking for ideas on what to do with watermelon? Make it into a fun drink. I used plain seltzer water mixed with watermelon for a light spritzer drink to enjoy on a hot day. About 1 liter of seltzer mixed with the inside of the watermelon makes a fantastic drink! I scooped the inside of the watermelon out with an icecream scoop and blended it in a blender with the seltzer water. You can add a hint of lime juice to the drink if needed. I picked up a handy watermelon kit at my local ShopRite that came with stands to hold the watermelon balanced, and a spout to pour the drink out of the watermelon– very easy to use!!

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I also made a delicious watermelon and feta salad last month! It was DELICIOUS! Did you ever think of mixing watermelon with cheese? The next time you are thinking of making a salad and you are a watermelon lover, this is definitely the choice for you!

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The possibilities with watermelon are endless! What better way to enjoy the summer than with a refreshing watermelon recipe?

 

 

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Sweet Treat In The Heat!

Here’s a healthy dessert I came across on Pinterest: Watermelon Strawberry Mint Popsicles

“These low-calorie watermelon strawberry mint popsicles are sweet, refreshing, and, with only three ingredients, a cinch to make.”

INGREDIENTS- Makes about 8 popsicles

4 cups of cubed seedless watermelon (about half a medium melon)
12 fresh mint leaves
10 large strawberries (leave four whole and cut the rest into bite-size chunks)

DIRECTIONS

1. Blend watermelon, mint leaves, and four whole strawberries in a food processor or blender until smooth.

2. Put a few chunks of strawberries in the bottom of each popsicle mold. Fill halfway with watermelon mixture and then add a few more strawberries to each mold. Fill almost to the top with the mixture and place the sticks on top.

3. Freeze for at least three hours and enjoy!

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Sexy Snacks!

Here are some key foods you can add to your diet to help maintain good health & feel energized!

1. Salmon: Wild caught salmon is a great source of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA that help maintain the fluidity of our cell membranes. They keep our cardiovascular systems healthy by reducing inflammation, preventing excessive blood clotting, and keeping fats in the blood at healthy levels.

2. Avocado: They’re anti-inflammatory, so they support a healthy cardiovascular system and blood sugar regulation. In addition, they’re high in fiber and rich in antioxidants like vitamin C, the fat-soluble vitamin K, folate, and B vitamins. They’re also a source of high-quality protein.

3. Watermelon: Watermelon is rich in a chemical called citrulline that helps make nitric oxide, which dilates blood vessels. It also contains the phytonutrient lycopene and beta-carotene, which act as antioxidants, protecting our cells.

4. Nuts: Nuts such as walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, and pecans are a good source of L-arginine which gets converted into nitric oxide. Walnuts also contain a plant-based omega 3 fat that’s necessary for a healthy cardiovascular system.

5.  Leafy Greens: Fresh spinach, kale, collards, arugula, mustard greens, as well as herbs like parsley and oregano contain high amounts of chlorophyll, which is purifying to the blood and helps to increase blood flow. Some, like kale, also contain essential fatty acids like omega 3 and 6. They’re a rich source of vitamins, including the fat-soluble A and K, and C, as well as minerals that keep the body rich in alkaline and improve energy levels.

6. Seeds: Seeds such as pumpkin and sesame are rich in zinc, as well as additional essential nutrients.

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Read more: http://www.youbeauty.com/nutrition/galleries/sexy-snacks#2