Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Happy National Watermelon Day

Watermelon, a great, heart-healthy food is 90% water, and the perfect, cool summertime treat!

Here are a few health facts about watermelon:
It has no fat or cholesterol.  It is an excellent source of vitamins A, B6, C, potassium and fiber.  It is also a good source of lycopene, which is an antioxidant that is only found in a few red plant foods.
Watermelon Raspberry Lemonade
So get a watermelon, slice, chill and enjoy.  And you might want to give this tasty drink recipe, a try.

6 cups watermelon cubes (seeds removed)
¼ cup raspberries
1 cup water
1/3 cup sugar (substitute with 2tbsp of Agave for a healthier treat)
½ cup lemon juice 
Place watermelon, raspberries and water in container of electric blender, cover and blend until smooth. Strain through fine mesh strainer into pitcher. Stir in sugar and lemon juice until sugar dissolves. Refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour. Makes 4 servings.
Visit the Watermelon Promotion Board for more watermelon recipe ideas here.

Watermelon is one of my favorite summertime eats.  I just eat it plain but would love more ideas for eating this healthy, tasty treat.  How do you have your watermelon?  Share.

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