One Food, Five Ways: Watermelon

Watermelon Five Ways

Summer is just not summer without watermelon. This iconic picnic fruit is directly related to cucumbers, pumpkins and gourds, and besides containing a cool 92 percent water, watermelon also boasts a host of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to keep you healthy and happy all year-round. Here are five new ways to enjoy this refreshing fruit and keep your nutrition on point.

1. As a post-workout juice

Watermelon juice contains L-citrulline, an amino acid that has been shown to reduce muscle soreness and improve recovery postworkout. It’s also reputed to increase nitrous-oxide levels, helping blood vessels expand and relax, thereby reducing blood pressure. To make your own relax-and-recover juice, blend 2 to 3 cups of watermelon chunks, then strain the mixture into a pitcher and serve over ice.

2. As a skin-saving salad

Watermelon is super high in vitamin C, which helps combat inflammation and oxidative damage. It also helps your body produce collagen for healthier skin and hair. Combine magnesium-rich watermelon with a cheese such as feta and the magnesium will facilitate the absorption of the calcium from the cheese — making bones stronger and providing a further boost to your immune system.

3. As an unexpected side

Though most people toss the rind, this part of the watermelon also contains lots of L-citrulline as well as a healthy dose of fiber to promote regularity and stave off intestinal diseases and cancers. Slice off the green peel and then use the firm white part like a vegetable: Shred it into a coleslaw, puree it with ripe tomatoes for gazpacho, slice and pickle it as a condiment or chutney, or dice it and use in a stir-fry.

4. As a frozen treat

Watermelon is mostly water and contributes more than its fair share to your daily hydration needs. And with only 42 calories per cup, it makes for a low-cal refreshing treat on hot summer days. Create the easiest frozen treat in the world: Slice the watermelon into wedges, cut off the rinds, punch a popsicle stick into the bottom of each wedge and freeze until solid.

5. As a snack (instead of as a projectile)

Take a break from your seed-spitting competition and eat your watermelon seeds as a snack. One ounce contains about 156 calories, 8 grams of protein and 16 milligrams of folate, which promotes a healthy cardiovascular system and helps your body convert food into energy. Toss seeds in olive oil and sea salt and roast at 325 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes. Voilà! Instant snack. 

Written by Lara McGlashan for Oxygen Magazine and legally licensed through the Matcha publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to [email protected]

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Watermelon...Protein Style!

We’ve got another delicious way to enjoy watermelon this summer…and you can enjoy some extra healthy benefits as well! 

In addition to L-citrulline mentioned above, another amino acid that helps to build and maintain muscle as well as help with a speedy recovery after intense workouts is Leucine.

Body builders have long sought after leucine to keep them in tip-top shape, but it’s not just beneficial for body builders. It’s helpful for anyone that wants to gain muscle and live a healthy lifestyle.

Our Grass-fed Whey Protein Isolate Powder is a great source of pure quality protein with a boost of leucine and other healthy essential amino acids to fuel your mind and body.

We’ve got a recipe below for a Watermelon Protein Smoothie that is yummy, refreshing, full of protein, and all the goodness of watermelon.

Quick & Easy
WATERMELON PROTEIN SMOOTHIE

INGREDIENTS:
OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS:
1 Banana and/or 1-2 TBSP Chia Seeds – these just add flavor and texture if you want, but they are not needed for a delicious smoothie!
DIRECTIONS:
Blend all the ingredients together and enjoy!
** For a skin-rejuvenating and bone-strengthening version of this smoothie, try our Grass-Fed Collagen Peptides as the protein instead! **

MariGold ingredients used in this recipe:

It’s important to fuel your body with clean, healthy ingredients, and your protein powder shouldn’t be any different.

At MariGold, we have always made it our mission to create healthy, clean, REAL FOOD snacks to fuel your day. Our Whey Protein Isolate Protein Powder is 100% pure, and made with clean, premium quality protein.  It only contains the good stuff your body wants and needs.

MariGold Whey Isolate is derived from sweet Irish milk given from Truly Grass-Fed™ cows who spend 95% of their time roaming freely and feasting upon the delicious green grasses of the breathtaking Irish countryside.

Along with our original Unflavored Protein Powder, we just released our TWO NEW FLAVORS, Rich Chocolate Malt and Creamy Vanilla. These tasty new flavors also contain L-Glutamine for increased gut-healthy and muscle building benefits.

Our protein powder is also non-GMO, rBST free, lactose free, soy free, gluten free. It is low sugar (or no sugar) and contains no added sugar, and no sugar alcohols.

It’s also keto-friendly, lectin free, and low FODMAP!

You can now choose your favorite flavor to blend with your morning or afternoon shake or smoothie!

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