Watermelon screams summer, but we would eat it any time of year. And as it turns out, that’s ok! In addition to its refreshing taste, watermelon packs a major nutritional punch. There’s so much more to discover about this super-delicious food than you might think! Here are five reasons you should be eating more watermelon!
1) Watermelon has the alphabet soup of vitamins.
At 46 calories per cup, watermelon offers 20 percent of your daily intake of vitamin C and 17 percent vitamin A, according to the USDA. Watermelon has significant amounts of vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, fiber, protein and a large dose of potassium. Watermelon also has vitamins A, B6, niacin, thiamin and a wide variety of carotenoids and phytonutrients including lycopene.
2) Lycopene found in watermelon can help your health.
In just one cup, watermelon has 1.5 times more lycopene than a large fresh tomato, 6 milligrams compared to 4 milligrams, according to the USDA. Lycopene is thought to be a super antioxidant, protecting your immune system and possibly helping to prevent cancer with its carotenoid phytonutrient properties. Some research points to lycopene helping to fight heart disease too.
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3) Watermelon has an identity problem.
Okay, kidding, but watermelon is actually a fruit and a veggie! How cool is that? It has a fruit-like sweet taste, but its hometown roots can be traced back to the families of squash and cucumber. So next time you’re at that summer barbecue and someone asks if you want any watermelon, consider it a good choice!
4) Watermelon can quench your thirst.
Your body is made up of 66 percent water and more than 90 percent of that watermelon you chow down on is made up of water. Get creative and try some watermelon in your water. Fruit-infused water heaven! We got so thirsty writing this post we made some below and snapped a photo (pic below!)
5) Watermelon can be used in recipes and not just as a fruit snack.
Watermelon is super delish in your water, in a salad and even as ice cream! Here are some of our favorite watermelon recipes to make any time of the year.
You can’t beat watermelon on a sunny summer day. This watermelon mojito takes it to the next level so you can sip on a delicious drink while basking in the sunshine.
Watermelon and radish may not be the most common pairing, but after you try this salad, you’ll want them to be. The sweetness of the watermelon along with the spicy radish balances perfectly and it’s all finished with a delightful white balsamic lemon dressing.
This watermelon margarita uses orange liquor and tequila to give your drink an extra kick. It’s sure to impress all of your guests!
This salad only uses 5 ingredients, but it is simply divine! Mint and watermelon are a match made in heaven, but add some feta, red onion and olive oil and you’ll want to munch on this day and night.
This watermelon sorbet recipe has just two ingredients with no added sugar. It’s the perfect treat for kids and adults alike on a hot, summer day!
You don’t even need a recipe for this simple hydrator. Make your water fun with this delicious watermelon refresher! Chop up watermelon, add mint, ice and water… and voila! Mix and muddle with the ingredients to infuse flavor!
See? Told ya. How can you ever see watermelon the same way again when you now know it’s a nutritional powerhouse, doubles as a fruit and veggie, and its versatility means you can have it at any meal or as a dessert? Talk about eating watermelon outside of your family picnic … YOWZA! What’s your fave way to eat watermelon? Chime in below!