Watermelon is a sweet and refreshing low-calorie summer snack that anyone can enjoy. It provides hydration and essential nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Along with cantaloupe, honeydew, and cucumber, watermelons are a member of the Cucurbitaceae family. Watermelons consist of 90% water, making them helpful for staying hydrated during the hot summer months. In addition, choline is a naturally occurring antioxidant in watermelon which contributes to muscle movement, maintaining the structure of cell membranes, and early brain development. When buying a watermelon, you should look for one that is firm, heavy, and symmetrical without soft spots or bruising.
Tips for serving watermelon:
Juice. Place some diced watermelon and a few ice cubes in a blender for a refreshing electrolyte drink perfect for rehydrating after exercise or a day in the sun.
Salad. Add watermelon, mint, and fresh mozzarella to a bed of spinach leaves for a tasty and healthful salad. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar or with your preference of dressing.
Smoothies. Make a watermelon smoothie, or combine it with orange juice for extra flavor.
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