Sep 01, 2013

Watermelon Juice

Happy Sunday, lovely readers! Here it is Labor Day weekend and we’re finally getting summer temperatures here in the Smokies. Go figure. Mountains have their own set of rules when it comes to weather, that’s for sure.

What’s more refreshing than fresh watermelon on a hot summer afternoon? Not much. I saw this idea for watermelon juice on another blog somewhere… sorry, the specific location escapes memory. I’d never even thought of trying it before. It’s SO EASY. All you do it toss the watermelon, seeds and all, into a blender. That’s it! Of course, most watermelon sold in the stores these days is seedless so all there were in my melon were these tiny white seeds.

I also wanted to share some interesting and surprising nutritional information about this popular seasonal fruit. We all know about lycopene (a carotenoid phytonutrient that’s especially important for our cardiovascular health) and that’s it is very prevalent in tomatoes. But did you know that watermelon has the highest concentrations of lycopene of any fresh fruit or vegetable?

But wait, there’s more… it’s a little technical so bear with me here. A fascinating new area of research involving watermelon is one of its components; an amino acid called citrulline. In animal studies, high intake of citrulline can result in the formation of molecules called polyarginine peptides. These polyarginine peptides are able to block the activity of an enzyme called tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase, or TNAP. When TNAP activity is shut down, our fat cells (adipocytes) tend to create less fat (adipogenesis). Researchers believe that the connection between citrulline in food and fat cell metabolism may eventually provide us with additional tools for helping prevent over-accumulation of body fat. So, watermelons may also be helpful in losing unwanted fat. Pretty cool, huh?

And did you know that one cup of cubed watermelon contains about 1 gram of protein? Not many people think about protein content when eating fruit, but ALL foods contain some protein, along with the other “macronutrients” fat and carbohydrate.

This is hardly a recipe but I really wanted to share it with you ’cause it’s so fresh and yummy… Just blend the watermelon flesh and refrigerate! That’s it. Don’t worry about straining. Yes, it will be a little pulpy but that way you’ll still get all that wonderful fiber of the whole fruit. I enjoy mine with a little ice which cuts the sweetness some. Enjoy!
my little Jewel in the window sill…
Have a safe and fun Labor Day weekend,
Healthy trails,

2 responses to “Watermelon Juice”

  1. Great information on watermelon..Thanks Helyn for sharing..we consume tons of watermelon in summer, and now we can feel great about that too πŸ™‚

  2. Helyn says:

    Awesome, Mini! πŸ™‚

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