Contrary to popular believe, the watermelon is not all water and little else. Watermelons have a good amount of vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids.
When picking a watermelon, go for one that is fully ripe: typically one that has darker skin and darker flesh. The riper the watermelon the more lycopene it provides. Lycopene is a phytonutrient that supports cardiovascular health.
Another content of the watermelon that is currently being researched due to scientific interest is citrulline. Citrulline converts to arginine in the body, which assist with blood flow. It’s thought that the more arginine produced the less fat can be stored in cells, consequently helping with detoxification and weight loss.
Benefits aside, watermelon makes for a refreshing summer treat and in this nutrient-packed smoothie, provides natural energy to get you through the day.
1 cup watermelon
1 small banana
1/4 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1 teaspoon Chia seeds
Place the ice cubes in a blender and blend until crushed.
Add the banana, watermelon, blueberries and Chia seeds and blend for about a minute, until liquified.
Pour into a large glass or to-go cup and enjoy while cool.
Quick, tasty and nutritious. Drink up!