Hello Loyal Soup People! You know what is great this time of year? Watermelon!! I know that my daughter eats copious amounts from July through early September. And I think that’s great, because, as it turns out, watermelon is incredibly good for you!
Watermelon is over 90% water which means it is very hydrating. This is so important during hot summer months. It’s also a great source of vitamins A and C, lycopene, potassium, and essential amino-acids.
When selecting a watermelon, choose one that is heavier than it looks, sounds hollow when you tap the outside, and hopefully, grown locally! We recommend the watermelons from our friends at Garners Produce. We use theirs in our delicious Watermelon Gazpacho!
Fun fact – the watermelon rind is also incredibly healthy. Be sure to wash the watermelon thoroughly with vinegar and water because it probably sat in a dirty field. Once clean, chop the rind up in a slaw or pickle it! And those seeds we always spit out? They are loaded with iron, zinc, magnesium, and protein! Drizzle them with olive oil and roast them as a snack!
However you eat watermelon – plain, in gazpacho, in a salad, or in a smoothie, you are making an incredibly healthy food choice. Thank you, mother nature!!
*NOTE – Soupermom is not a licensed dietitian, doctor, personal trainer, or anything like that. She’s just extremely knowledgeable about healthy living!! But if you slip and fall while taking her advice, it is not her fault!