I’ve been really into Watermelon lately – it’s one of those things that’s so perfectly refreshing during summer, but doesn’t quite feel right at any other time of the year.
With its vibrant colours and juicy sweetness, it’s just perfect for a summertime snack – even when you’re sat at a desk at work you can pretend that you’re on a sun lounger somewhere nice and hot.
Apparently, I was a bit behind the times a few weeks ago when I wrote about Coconut Water as ‘the next big thing’ in the world of pointless health crazes – the next next big thing, or so it seems, is the Watermelon fad, which is starting to peek out from the shelves in places like Wholefoods and Planet Organic, as well as various gyms and offices.
Needless to say I was quite appalled that the 330ml bottles of “100% Never from Concentrate Melon Water” were being sold for £3 a pop when I could easily just go next-door to the supermarket and buy whole thing bigger than my head for less than a pound.
It won’t surprise me if this really takes off though. There’s nothing quite like a fancy, fun bottle of some completely natural, fat-free, full of antioxidant liquid to make a gym-bunny health freak feel good about themselves as they strut out of the gym.
(Please don’t take offence at the above comment. I’m including myself in that target audience).
Anyhow, Watermelon does have a huge range of health benefits- other than its zero % fat content- that makes it an idea pre and post workout treat:
- One watermelon contains approximately 3-4 grams of l-citrulline, an amino acid that has been found to help relieve muscle soreness.
- It is also an excellent source of the antioxidant Lycopene, which is thought to be a great anti-inflammatory.
- Watermelon contains Magnesium, as well as Vitamins A and B6 – all essential to help the body produce natural energy.
- Packed full of Potassium, Watermelon is great to help reduce muscle cramps.
- With an (unsurprisingly) high water content, and full of natural sugars, watermelon is an ideal way to rehydrate after your workout.
Whether you believe in its powers, or whether you’re just craving a thirst-quenching drink for your lunch break, this is one of my favourite, super-healthy smoothie recipes to help you get your watermelon fix.
Super-Healthy Watermelon Smoothie
Makes about 3-4 generous servings
⅓ – ½ Watermelon
400 ml Green Tea with Ginger (or Ginger Tea)
1 Lemon or Lime
1 Small Handful of Kale
1 Handful Ice
150 grams frozen blueberries
Blend until smooth. Make sure to cut the stone out of the peach, and chop everything roughly, according to how powerful your blender is. You don’t have to include the lemon, but I personally love the sourness – I tend to blitz it whole, rind and all. I also find that the Green Tea adds a nice refreshing base that isn’t too sweet – it’d just be weird to mix milk with watermelon after all. Enjoy!