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For the love of watermelons

 

Watermelons have been celebrated well before they were made famous by the movie Dirty Dancing. In fact, Egyptians placed watermelons in the burial tombs of kings to nourish them in the afterlife. The first recorded watermelon harvest is depicted in Egyptian hieroglyphics from about 5,000 years ago.

 

 

 

Here are 5 reasons why we are loving Watermelons for the perfect summer snack:

 

1. THEY’RE HYDRATING

 

Watermelons are mostly water — about 92 percent — but this refreshing fruit is soaked with nutrients. The high water and electrolyte content makes them ideal and refreshing summer thirst quenchers.

 

2. THEY’RE CLASSED AS BOTH A FRUIT AND A VEGETABLE

 

Watermelons are grown from a seed, making it a fruit but they’re related to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash, making it a vegetable.

 

3. THEY HAVE GREAT HEALTH BENEFITS

 

Each juicy bite has significant levels of vitamins A, B6 and C, lots of lycopene, antioxidants, amino acids and more!

 

Reported Health Benefits:

  • Heart health

  • Anti-inflammatory properties

  • Hydration

  • Digestion

  • Skin and hair benefits; to name a few

 

Nutritionally they contain:

  • High levels of vitamin B6 (for brainpower)

  • Vitamin A (for eye sight)

  • Potassium (for heart health)

  • Vitamin B1

  • Vitamin C and,

  • Manganese

 

4.  THERE'S NO NEED FOR WASTE

 

All parts of a watermelon can be eaten, even the seeds and the rind (that was news to us too)! The rind isn’t often eaten due to it’s not so appealing flavor, however in Chine the rind is used in stir-fries, is stewed and pickled.

 

5. THEY MAKE THE PERFECT SUMMER SNACK

 

Watermelons are in season in Summer, affordable and in abundance. They make great healthy alternatives for snacks, popsicles, cool drinks and more.

 

Here’s a great Summer Watermelon Popsicle recipe from Hello Glow, perfect for the kids.

 

 Image copyright of Hello Glow

 

Watermelon Strawberry Spa Pops

 

prep 10 mins

total 10 mins

author Lindsey Johnson

makes 6

 

Ingredients
  • 4 cups watermelon, cubed

  • 2 cups strawberries

 

Instructions

  • Puree watermelon and strawberries until very smooth. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze until firm.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Sources:

 

https://www.livescience.com/46019-watermelon-nutrition.html

https://www.thetowndish.com/news/2007/ten-facts-you-never-knew-about-watermelon/

 

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/food/watermelons.html

https://helloglow.co/summery-spa-pops/

 

 

 

 

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