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Foodie Friday: Watermelon
by Mitzi Dulan, RD, America’s Nutrition Expert®
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Jun
11
2010

Watermelon is a summer favorite of mine, but it should be considered more than just a summer treat. This fruit is a nutritional masterpiece, loaded with many important nutrients and leads to health benefits. Below are some of the benefits you will reap from incorporating watermelon you’re your diet.

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Benefits:

Cardiovascular Health: Watermelon is packed with amino acids arginine and citrulline. These amino acids are important in regulating blood flow and promoting heart health.
Vitamin C: The immune system is kicked up a notch my vitamin C, which is also important in anti-oxidant function. Anti-oxidants circulate in the body and mop up free radicals, or damaging agents.
Potassium: This mineral is crucial in water balance; a deficit leads to muscle cramping.
Vitamin B6: This vitamin aids in the production of neurotransmitters, which is important in nervous system communication.

With all the awesome benefits from watermelon, you want to make this a standard in your summer diet. There are some really interesting ways to prepare watermelon apart from the traditional picnic slices.

• Watermelon ice cubes: Puree watermelon in a blender and pour into ice cube tray to free. Add the frozen cubes to any of your favorite summertime drink.
Grilled Spicy Watermelon: This is an interesting combination that transfers sweet tasting watermelon to a savory side.800px-watermelons
Watermelon and Pineapple Salsa: Blend these two sweet tastes into a salsa for dipping pita bread or as a relish for grilled fish or chicken.
Watermelon Salmon Skewers: Watermelon can even be made into an accompaniment for an entrée!
Watermelon Pyramid Dessert: A mixture of summer fruit with a small piece of pound cake makes a quick and delicious summer dessert.

For more summer recipes and information about watermelon, check out the National Watermelon Promotion Board’s website, and be sure to include this delectable fruit in your summertime diet!

Research Assistance by Kaylee O’Connell

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