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Eat watermelon!  This is one hard-working fruit that is often overlooked because it seems so simple!  A 1-inch slice is a great source of hydration. – It contains 92% water!  And low in calories – 1 cup has only 49 calories.  Who would have guessed that this fruit is a cancer fighting powerhouse!   The red color in watermelon meat comes from the anti-oxidant lycopene.  In fact, watermelon delivers 1/3 more lycopene than fresh tomatoes do.  Lycopene protects against skin cancer by boosting the skin’s natural SPF.  For men, lycopene is a powerful fighter against prostate cancer. 

The fiber in watermelon is soluble which means that it helps clean out your blood vessels of unwanted plaque and cholesterol, lowering your total blood cholesterol.  Watermelon also packs a lot of potassium which helps the fight against high blood pressure.

For all of you mom’s-to-be out there battling that queasy feeling – studies have shown that pregnant women who can’t even keep water down enjoy ice-cold chunks of watermelon without feeling sick.

 

Selecting watermelon

A whole watermelon gives very few clues as to what is inside.  Check out the store’s cut pieces of watermelon which are typically sold along side whole ones.  This will give you a general idea of the quality of the melons the store sells.

  • Look over the melon.  Choose one that is firm, symmetrical, and free of bruises, cuts and dents.
  • Lift it up.  Watermelon should be heavy for its size since it is mostly water.
  • Turn it over.  There should be a creamy yellow spot from where it sat on the ground and ripened in the sun.  If the melon is still green or white on the bottom, it is probably immature.
  • Watermelons ripen on the vine, not on your kitchen counter.  So, what you buy is what you get.

 

Freezing watermelon chunks:

Cube seeded watermelon.  Place the cubes on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper and freeze.  When frozen, transfer to a plastic bag and return to freezer.

 

Serve Watermelon Slush drinks at your next family gathering!

Yield:  six servings

 

1 can (10 ounces) frozen nonalcoholic margarita mix

3 cups cubed seeded watermelon

2 cups frozen cubed seeded watermelon or ice cubes

 

In a blender or food processor, whirl the margarita mix and the unfrozen watermelon cubes until liquefied.  Add the frozen watermelon cubes or ice cubes.  Pulse until mixture is slushy.  Serve immediately.

 

Sources:  The Giant Book of Kitchen Counter Cures;  Karen Cicero and Colleen Pierre, M.S., R.D.

USA Weekend June 1-3, 2007

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