July is National Watermelon Month in the U.S. Not only because of it’s popularity at summer picnics, but July is also the peak harvesting time for watermelon. Watermelon is close to 92% water, that along with the minerals in it, makes this a great beverage for staying hydrated during the summer.
Watermelon is a cousin to cucumber, pumpkin and squash. The most consumed melon in the United States today. It is depicted in Egyptian hieroglyphics, and is believed to have originated some 5000 years ago.
Most people throw away the rind and seed of watermelons, but you can actually eat both. The rind contain health-promoting and blood-building chlorophyll. It actually contains more of the amino acid citrulline than the pink flesh. Blend the rind with a little lime juice for a refreshing beverage.
Additional Health Info
Watermelon – Contains thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, choline, lycopene and betaine. Also contains Vitamins A, B-6 and C, iron and calcium, antioxidants and amino acids.
Bananas – High in potassium, which is necessary for nerve and muscle function and maintaining a healthy balance of fluids in the body which in turns helps prevent muscle cramps. Furthermore it contains Vitamin C, B-6, Manganese, fiber and small amounts of iron, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus, Vitamins A and E, folate, carotene and choline. Also high in tryptophan which is converted into melatonin and then serotonin to help reduce depression.
Coconut Milk – Regulates blood sugar, keeps skin and blood vessels flexible and elastic. Also, aids in building strong bones, calms muscles and nerves, lowers cholesterol by raising HDL (good cholesterol), and boost your immune system. Possesses antiviral, antimicrobial and antifungal properties.
And more health benefits
Collagen Protein – Healthy gut repair and function. Greater mobility and flexibility. Strong, healthy muscles and healthier, stronger bones and joints. Promotes vibrant, firmer, glowing skin. Also, fights against the effects of normal aging. Provides easier weight management and/or weight loss, due to its satiating effect on hunger. Allowing for more deeper and restful sleep and healthy brain function.
Maca Powder – Considered a Superfood, Maca contains calcium, magnesium, and iron, in addition to C vitamin and vitamins B1, B2, B6, and B12. Research has shown that maca also contains two of the three essential fatty acids and around 20 amino acids, 8 of which are essential amino acids. Furthermore, Maca powder is packed with fiber.
Chia Seeds – High in fiber, one serving contains 11 grams of fiber. They are rich in antioxidants, which are known to reverse inflammation, regulate cholesterol and lower blood pressure.
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Pregnant or lactating women and persons with known medical conditions should consult a physician prior to the use of any of these products.
Watermelon Protein Smoothie