I am real close to finishing the A-Z blogging challenge. I ‘ve reached letter W already W is for my favorite fruit watermelon. I love it so much I dedicated a post to it which reads “Getting The Most Out Of Your Watermelon “. I am sharing with you a simple smoothie. Watermelon has such a unique flavor I don’t add too much to it as in mixing fruits. A touch of lemon , ginger and mint is all it needs to bring out the flavor. I have added a variation adding coconut or almond milk for a milkier version of the smoothie. Both are quite delish !! Cut close to the rind when you make your smoothie. The often un-eaten white part is where all the main nutrients are and if you have a mix of the red flesh and the white, your smoothie will be quite sweet and extra nutritious. To read more on using the white part of the watermelon, click here !
Watermelon as a Sunshield
Watermelon is packed with lycopene that might lower your sunburn risk. It’s almost like eating sunscreen :) Lycopene is a colorful carotenoid that may reduce the risk of heart disease and a range of cancers, mainly prostate. It is the same Lycopene that offers a Sun Protection Factor because of the high carotenoid content. In order to get the benefit of this you will have to drink one smoothie or eat 2 cups of watermelon/Day ! Not too crazy about watermelon every day ? You can get an equivalent amount of lycopene by consuming 4 tsps tomato paste, 1/2 cup pasta sauce, 4 tomatoes or 2 pink grapefruit / day. Apart from lycopene, watermelon is also rich in Vitamins A & C and is packed with hydrating nourishing fluids ! What’s not to love about it !!!
Lycopene Sun Shield Watermelon Smoothie
Substitute honey for stevia or agave nectar for a diabetic friendly drink !
- 2 cups watermelon chunks
- 1tsp fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 inch piece ginger
- 4 leaves mint or 1 tsp mint paste
- 2 tsps honey ( optional)
- Blend all ingredients together to get a cool refreshing lycopene packed watermelon smoothie.
- Add 2 cups ice and blend to get a cool frosty
- Add 1/4 cup coconut milk or almond milk to get a smooth extra delish calcium packed watermelon treat!2.2http://www.suesnutritionbuzz.com/2012/05/03/lycopene-sun-shield-watermelon-smoothie/
To read more in my A- Z Blogging challenge, click here and check back tomorrow to read my post on the letter X. Not quite sure what am blogging about for X, but can promise you it will be Xtremly interesting :)