Happy National Watermelon Day, folks! No other produce screams summer quite like watermelon.
It might be its refreshing sweetness, or even the burst of color it adds color to your plate. Either way, there's more to watermelon than just its flavor. The juicy fruit has some powerful health benefits.
First off, watermelon truly lives up to it's name. It's 91.5 % water, making it one of the most hydrating foods. Not only that, but did you know that one cup of watermelon gets you more lycopene than a large red tomato? This powerful antioxidant may help fight lung disease and certain kinds of cancer.
Then there's the juice. Drinking it may help sore muscles research shows. Don't forget, about the rinds! You can eat them! Watermelon rinds are chock-full of a natural substance called citrulline which may help lower blood pressure. There are actually two varieties of watermelon: the crimson sweet (the regular pink kind) and the yellow crimson which has a sunny interior and a sweeter honey-like taste.
We've rounded up the best watermelon recipes to help you celebrate this perfect summer holiday:
National Watermelon Day
12 wonderful ways to celebrate National Watermelon Day
The addition of radish and carrot ups the nutrition content of this juice making it healthy and nourishing as well. Serve this juice in the morning along with your breakfast to give your day a refreshing start.
Celebrate the end of summer with this recipe. It literally will take you all of 10 minutes, and it will fly off the table. Drizzled with super delish extra virgin olive and a 25 year old balsamic (reduction), this is sweet and savory bliss.
The watermelon is best frozen to get that frothy consistency but fresh watermelon will also work. The coconut water is optional, without it the cooler will be thicker, but it gives an added layer of taste.
Somewhere between the last few bites of the meal and fetching everyone another beer from the cooler, slip in the kitchen and assemble these sandwiches. You can wrap them in plastic wrap and store them for about 30 minutes or so.