|watermelon | photo: Beyond silence|
One of the most alkalizing foods, watermelon is a refreshing, hydrating, low calorie wonderful addition to summertime menus. High in vitamin A and C while also providing some magnesium and potassium, watermelon is a great antioxidant fruit. It also provides high levels of lycopene which studies have shown to be helpful in preventing various types of cancer.
Watermelon appears to also have some effect on lowering blood pressure.
There are many delicious ways to include watermelon into your summertime menus such as making watermelon water ice or granita, making agua fresca, fruit salads, or even a savory sweet salad. My current favorite fruit salad is rich in lycopene and anthocyanins, those dark rich fruits which are supportive of cognitive function while helping to reduce inflammation in the body. This salad is refreshing and satisfying, I've even been including it as part of my breakfast for a delicious treat.
Anthocyanin-rich Fruit Salad
2 cups watermelon, balled
1 cup blueberries, rinsed
1 cup strawberries, rinsed and sliced
1 cup cherries, rinsed, pitted, and quartered
zest 1 small lime
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons poppy seeds
Mix together fruits
Mix together dressing in a separate cup
Pour dressing over fruits and toss gently
Let sit 30-60 minutes in the fridge before serving