Hello Loyal Soup People! As you hopefully know, we here at Soupergirl are big proponents of eating seasonally. Fuel your body with what’s in season! For example, in the summer, we need to hydrate more, so we naturally tend to eat more water-filled produce such as cucumber, watermelon, and tomatoes. In the winter, our bodies need fuel to stay warm and fight the cold, so we eat more starches such as sweet potatoes and winter squash. This week I’d like to highlight the health benefits of one of my favorite summer fruits – watermelon!
True to its name, watermelon is 92% water. This means that it is surprisingly low in calories per serving. On average, two cups contain only 80 calories. Watermelon can be the perfect summer dessert. A good, local watermelon (we buy ours from Garners Produce in Virginia) can be sweeter than any piece of candy!
Each slice you bite into is bursting in vitamin C, vitamin A and lycopene – essential anti-oxidants. These nutrients have been linked to all sorts of healthy benefits, including disease prevention, inflammation reduction, and more. Watermelon also contains various amino acids and potassium, which are popular in sports recovery drinks. Skip the sugary, processed sports drinks and nosh on watermelon after your work out! Combine these nutrients and vitamins with the high water content, and you have the perfect, natural post-workout nourishment.
The list really does go on and on. But I don’t really need an excuse to eat copious amounts of watermelon! There is little that is more refreshing to me than biting into a slice of juicy, crispy watermelon on a hot summer day.
*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!