Watermelon is now in season and your heart is going to rejoice when you feed it all those heart-healthy nutrients, such as vitamin C, lycopene, beta-carotene, and loads of vitamin A found inside each melon. Those powerful antioxidants are protecting your heart from oxidative damage. Did you know that women with the highest levels of lycopene have 33% lower risk for developing cardiovascular disease?
Friends, we have to eat foods that heal our bodies rather than depend on medicines that harm them. So be sure to put healing watermelon on your grocery list this week.
I love sweet melons but watermelon is only sweet when it is ripe. Once it is picked it will not sweeten up anymore. So it is important to select a ripe one. Here are some important tips for you before you are standing in front of that massive mound of melons wondering which one to take home.
- Look for a yellow or cream-yellow “ground spot,” where the melon rested on the soil. If this spot is green or white, the watermelon is not ripe.
- The rind should be smooth but not shiny.
- Pick the heaviest seedless one you can carry, because that means it is filled with nourishing water.
- The thump test never works for me, nor does asking the produce person’s advice. Perhaps you have a thumping tip!
- Make sure your melon is secured in your car as you transport it home because they will roll around and split open! Unless of course, you are going to a tailgating party and you forgot your knife.
When eating all melons, I suggest eating them alone as a meal or as a snack but not in conjunction with other foods because of their high water content. Definitely, don’t eat them as a dessert after a meal containing meat or you will experience indigestion.
Here are 2 simple recipes for you and your heart to enjoy!
4 cups of Watermelon chunks
8 small mint leaves (all the garden shops have mint. Pick up a plant and you’ll have Watermelon Frappe all summer long).
Run your watermelon through a high-speed blender then add the mint. You can strain it if you want but I love all the pulp. Also, it is best icy cold so stick it in the freezer for a few minutes before drinking.
Serves 2 Happy Hearts
Watermelon and Berry Water
I have been trying to increase my water intake so I created this delicious watermelon water for a little excitement and extra nourishment. After I drink the water, I have the ingredients for a delicious smoothie.
Fill a glass jar with distilled or filtered water. Add chunks of watermelon, berries or any type of fruit you enjoy. Let is sit in the refrigerator until completely chilled. So easy.
Did I mention watermelon is 98% water and only has 49 calories for an entire cup!
So drink and eat it to your HEART’s content.
I love you to Health,