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Foodie Friday: Watermelon

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 [2]: This is an interesting combination that transfers sweet tasting watermelon to a savory side.800px-watermelons [3]
Watermelon and Pineapple Salsa [4]: Blend these two sweet tastes into a salsa for dipping pita bread or as a relish for grilled fish or chicken.
Watermelon Salmon Skewers [5]: Watermelon can even be made into an accompaniment for an entrée!
Watermelon Pyramid Dessert [6]: 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 [7], and be sure to include this delectable fruit in your summertime diet!

Research Assistance by Kaylee O’Connell

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