Day 4 ~ Melon Detox
Today, we are back visiting Watermelon!
Watermelon is a staple at many summertime picnics and gatherings around the country. While most people agree watermelon tastes good, a majority are unaware of the many health benefits this wonderful fruit contains.
Watermelon — the disease fighter
Did you know watermelon has more lycopene than any other fresh fruit or vegetable? Lycopene is an antioxidant linked to decreased risk of cancer, heart disease and age-related eye disorders.
Watermelon is nutritious
Watermelon is the perfect sweet treat that is nutritious and tasty.
One cup of watermelon contains:
12 grams of carbohydrates
865 international units (IU) of vitamin A — (equates to .26 milligrams)
12 milligrams of vitamin C
170 milligrams of potassium
0.1 milligrams of vitamin B6
Zero fat, cholesterol or sodium
Vitamin A is important for skin and eye health. Vitamin B6 helps your body break down the protein you eat, and is also important for the immune system and nerve function. Vitamin C helps strengthen the immune system and aids in the absorption of iron. Potassium is helpful in lowering blood pressure and is important for nerve function as well.
As its name states, 92% of watermelon consists of water. No wonder it's the most common melon eaten in Australia and is perfect for staying refreshed and hydrated on a hot summer day.
When choosing a watermelon, look for one that is firm, symmetrical and heavy for its size. There should be a yellow spot on the underside as the result of sitting on the ground and ripening in the sun. If the spot is very pale or white, it may have been picked too soon and will not be ripe.
Lemon + Ginger Herbal Tea
Watermelon PIZZA with Coconut Yoghurt and a sprinkle of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries + pomegranate seeds
Watermelon + Avocado SALAD :
1 cup of watermelon cubed,
2 cups of leafy greens,
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion,
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese,
1/3 cup torn basil leaves,
1/2 red capsicum thinly sliced,
sprinkle of sea salt
2 tbsp olive oil,
1 tbsp fresh lime
1/2 garlic clove
Rice Crackers Snack size
Minty Watermelon SALAD :
In a large bowl combine
1 1/2 cups watermelon, seeded, cubed or balled bite size pieces
1 cucumber cubed,
2 green spring onions, finely sliced
handful of mint
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar,
1 squeezed lemon
1 tbsp oliver oil
salt + pepper
Fresh Watermelon PIECES + Pukka detox tea ~ a clean fusion of organic aniseed, fennel + cardamom
You are always welcome anytime to have an extra water, coconut juice or herbal tea