As summer settles in over Texas, Houstonians are looking for ways to cool down and quench their thirst. And one of the best ways to do that is to indulge in a slice of juicy watermelon or mix up an icy watermelon drink. A cold, sliced watermelon always completes the backyard summer cookout but watermelon can also be enjoyed in fruit salads, drinks, smoothies, or soup. With a water content of approximately 92%, cold watermelon makes the perfect summer treat by providing a satisfying crunch as well as cool hydration.
Watermelon is not only a refreshing summer treat but a healthful snack. Watermelon gets its red color from lycopene levels which remain stable for up to a week after the melon is cut and refrigerated. Orange, yellow, and white fleshed varieties are somewhat lower in lycopene. The watermelon’s rich content of vitamin C, vitamin A, lycopene, potassium and magnesium support the cardiovascular system, the immune system, and bone health.
Whole Foods suggests swirling plain yogurt into a watermelon, cantaloupe, and kiwi puree to serve as a cold soup. Or blending watermelon chunks with mint leaves for a delightful frappe.
Watermelon chunks can also be combined with grapes and strawberries for a great poolside dessert or a cool, healthful fruit salad snack for the kids. Or try blending watermelon chunks and ice cubes with various fruit juices such as cranberry, pomegranate, pineapple, or grape for a quick and healthful summer thirst quenching slush.
Watermelon is hard to beat for a summer treat but other fruit smoothie recipes can cool you down with a nutrient packed punch as well.