Fruits can provide us with a good dose of essential vitamins and minerals. In order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, it is important to include a variety of fruits in your daily diet. One such wonder fruit that is loaded with health benefiting properties is watermelon. This juicy summer fruit is not only refreshing but also packs a punch of nutrients as well. Abundantly rich in vitamin B-6, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper and manganese, watermelon is delicious fruit to binge on. According to the book 'Healing Foods' by DK Publishing, the red-fleshed melon is a rich source of the plant pigment lycopene, which helps lower the risk of heart disease. This nutritious fruit contains 95 percent water and you can add it to salads or juice it up. Since this wonder fruit is largely made up of water and contains an extremely low-calorie count, it has gained popularity among fitness experts. So, how many calories are there in watermelon? How can we use this summer fruit in easy and healthy recipes? Let's find out.
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Watermelon with benefiting propertiesCalories In Watermelon
According to the USDA dietary guidelines, a 100-gram serving of watermelon contains about 30 calories. As per the USDA, an average watermelon typically is 15" long and 7-1/2" in diameter. Larger watermelons have a few more calories. This fibre-rich fruit can easily be eaten as an evening snack and they have the tendency to boost the body's metabolism as well. If you are planning to go on a detox diet, then this fruit is just apt for you. Watermelons are an excellent food for light detox days. Their water content (around 95 percent) is highly mineralised and has an alkalising and diuretic effect. Easy-to-digest, watermelon is gentle on your tummy and also provides with usefulfor energy. This low-calorie fruit can enhance blood flow as well. According to the book 'Healing Foods,' citrulline, an amino acid in the rind and flesh of watermelon, can stimulate the production of nitric oxide, which relaxes and expands blood vessels. Apart from this, the citrulline in watermelon boosts immune function and speeds wound healing.
Healthy Recipes That You Can Prepare Using Watermelons
With all these benefits that watermelons have to offer, we're sure you have all the more reasons to indulge in this nutritious delight. Here are some easy-peasy yet healthy recipes that you can prepare using watermelons. Read on to know more about them.
Recipe by Executive Chef Piyush
Watermelon balls, fresh lettuce, feta and a splash of lime, that is all you need for an incredibly refreshing salad. Honey, pine nuts and a generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil adds a nice and piquant aroma to the salad. Savour it with your family and friends.
Watermelon Basil Cooler
Recipe by Swasti Aggarwal, Food Strategist at Foodhall
Summers are the perfect time to load up on hydrating fruits. Beat the heat with delicious, chilled coolers! This amazing watermelon cooler is the perfect drink to enjoy in the summer season.
Hydrating fruit drink
Spicy Watermelon Soup
Recipe by Meher Mirza
What is more summery than a crisp, chilled watermelon? If you're bored of having those regular watermelon-based coolers, then this is certainly going to be a welcome variation for you. Try it!
Watermelon Lychee Granita
Recipe by Anusha Praveen
Try your hands at this easy summer special recipe and savour the refreshing flavours of watermelon and lychee. This thirst quencher is perfect to beat that scorching summer heat. Sip and enjoy!
So, bring this hydrating fruit to your rescue and experiment with your culinary skills.
About Deeksha SarinAn eccentric foodie and a die-hard falooda lover, Deeksha loves riding scooty in search of good street food! A piping hot cup of adrak wali chai can make her day bright and shiny!