Sep 01, 2013
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?
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.
|my little Jewel in the window sill…|