I don’t know about you, but I certainly believe in nourishing our bodies with nature's bountiful offerings. And now with summer in full swing, what better way to beat the heat and embrace those sunny vibes than by indulging in the refreshing goodness of watermelons? Bursting with hydrating properties and an array of health benefits, watermelons are the ultimate fruit of the season.
Watermelons have many health benefits. These include the following:
Hydration and refreshment
With their high water content (approximately 92%), watermelons are a fantastic choice for staying hydrated, especially during the scorching summer months (yes yes, I’m in Iceland, so ‘scorching’ has a different meaning here, but still, one can dream). Sipping on watermelon juice is a delicious way to replenish electrolytes and quench your thirst.
Watermelons are packed with essential vitamins and minerals, making them a valuable addition to your diet. They are an excellent source of vitamins A and C, which support healthy skin, immune function, and overall wellbeing. Let’s be honest, what’s not to love?!
Watermelons are rich in antioxidants like lycopene, which gives them their vibrant red hue. Lycopene helps combat free radicals in the body, reducing the risk of chronic diseases and promoting heart health.
Watermelons act as a natural diuretic, aiding in flushing out toxins and promoting kidney health. Their high water content also supports optimal digestion and keeps you feeling light and refreshed.
Now that we've explored the wonderful benefits of watermelons, let's dive into a simple recipe that will delight your taste buds and keep you feeling cool all summer long. The recipe yields 2 servings.
4 cups of fresh watermelon chunks (seedless if possible)
1 cup of coconut water
Juice of 1 lime (optional, but adds a fabulous tangy twist)
Fresh mint leaves for garnish (optional)
Place the watermelon chunks in a blender or juicer.
Add the coconut water and lime juice (if using) to the blender.
Blend until smooth and well combined.
If desired, strain the mixture to remove any pulp or seeds.
Pour the juice or smoothie into glasses and garnish with fresh mint leaves.
Serve immediately and enjoy the refreshing flavours of summer!