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Posts Tagged ‘watermelon’

Watermelon

Posted by terrepruitt on September 17, 2018

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, Nia Technique, SJ City Fit, SJCityFit, City of San Jose Exercise ClassesIn this past organic produce delivery there was a little watermelon. They call them personal watermelons. They are so cute. I decided to slice it open, cut it up, and put it in the fridge. Wow. It is a very good melon. Since watermelons have so much water in them I don’t think of them as having much nutritional value, but a quick internet search shows that they aren’t just water.

Red and pink fruits and veggies contain lycopene which is an antioxidant. Studies suggest it can help reduce the risks of getting asthma and cancer. Antioxidants help fight the formation of free radicals known to cause cancer. Watermelon may help protect against heart disease, while a study showed a supplement of watermelon extract helped with high blood pressure. Lycopene is also thought to help act as a sunscreen. With watermelon being over 90% water, it can help keep things moving in the digestive system.

Vitamin A contained in watermelon can help your skin and eyes. While Choline, an essential nutrient that is naturally present in some foods, helps with metabolism, among other things, and may help with chronic inflammation. And beta-cryptoxanthin may help protect against inflammation.

According to the International Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences watermelon is high in protein, magnesium, and vitamin B.

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Serving size: 2 cups diced (10 oz / 280 g)
Calories: 80 (Calories from Fat 0)

Total Fat: 0g

Total Carbohydrate: 21g
Dietary Fiber: 1g
Sugars: 20g

Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 0mg
Potassium: 270mg
Protein: 1g

Vitamin A: 30%
Vitamin C: 25%
Calcium: 2%
Iron: 4%

Percent Daily Values (%DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

I have a post where I suggest adding watermelon to you salad greens, specifically, arugula

Information also says that while watermelon might seem high in carbohydrates, is has a glycemic index (GI) value of 80 and its glycemic load is a 5.  So it is not a bad sweet.

I know two people who don’t like watermelon and I find that very odd.  I pretty much think EVERYONE likes watermelon.  These benefits seem to make it a good snack.

What do you think?  Do you like watermelon?  Do you cook with it?  How do you eat it?

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Cool Summer Salads

Posted by terrepruitt on August 2, 2017

We are in a little heat wave. I just don’t like it. If it is over 75° F, I am uncomfortable. Today it is in the high 90’s.  Maybe it is even hotter, it was in the 90’s the last I looked.  I wish I would have planned for it. The last time I was home and we had super high temps I decided that we would be eating salads. Something I think of as “Summer Salads” although I had never done it before. I have heard about a salad where you mix onions and watermelon but I have never done it. In my last produce box we got a watermelon so I thought I would put some watermelon on our salad greens and we would have a summer salad. I did this even though I know my hubby does not like watermelon. I don’t know many people who don’t like watermelon, but he does not. But I don’t know of many things he really DOES NOT LIKE. He just doesn’t like it. As in he doesn’t go ga-ga over it like I do, or many people I know. So, I figured he would eat it, but he might not love it. I didn’t do the salad that I had mentioned, because when I say watermelon and onions, I mean just watermelon and onions . . . maybe something else, I don’t know, I looked it up so long ago . . . because I couldn’t believe it when I first heard about it. But I don’t remember if it was something else too. I have never risked making it and “wasting” watermelon. But this time I was really wanting something cool and refreshing because it was soooo hot. So I used watermelon and made a summer salad.

Another fruit I used was peaches. Now, I am the odd man out here . . . I don’t like peaches. I am like my hubby. I can eat them. And sometimes I do, but I don’t go ga-ga over them. I don’t seek them out. I will avoid them for the most part. My husband loves them. So I used peaches in my next “Summer Salad”. They were very yummy salads.

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I think he enjoyed both salads. I know I did. Now here I am on this hot, hot, hot, hot day wishing I had salad greens and some yummy fruit to make a nice salad. I think I will be going to the store tomorrow. Here are two versions of summer salads.

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Watermelon With Greens Salad

Watermelon
Arugula
Onions
Shredded Parmesan Cheese
Balsamic Vinegar
Olive Oil
Salt
Pepper

Cut the watermelon into bite-sized pieces. Chop up some onion . . . you decide how much you want to put on each salad. Put a couple of handfuls of arugula in each bowl, then top with fruit, and chopped onions. Sprinkle with some parmesan, the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

 

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Peaches
Red Leaf Lettuce
Arugula
Onions
Balsamic Vinegar*
Olive Oil
Salt**
Pepper

Cut the peaches into bite-sized pieces. Chop up some onion . . . you decide how much you want to put on each salad. Chop up the leaf lettuce. Put some leaf lettuce and a handful of arugula in each bowl, then top with fruit, and chopped onions. Sprinkle with the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

*I actually used Fig Vinegar with , but balsamic would be just as yummy

**I actually used lavender salt, but regular salt will do the trick

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How about you? Do you put fruit on your greens? What kind of fruit? Do you put dressing on?

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