Food of the week - Watermelon
🙋♀️ Raise your hand if you LOVE watermelon!! What's your favourite way to enjoy this mouthwatering summer fruit?
The Ultimate Refreshing Treat 🍉
Watermelon isn't just famous for its sweet and juicy taste; it's a hydrating and refreshing delight too! Known as the ultimate thirst quencher, it's packed with 90% water content, essential nutrients, and let's not forget—antioxidants!
The Health Benefits Unpacked ❤️
- Hydrating Benefits: Watermelon's high water content keeps you well-hydrated, making it the perfect choice on a hot summer day.
- Eye Health: Watermelon is rich in lycopene, a carotenoid that's linked to improved overall eye health and better eyesight.
- Antioxidants: Loaded with essential nutrients and minerals, watermelon boosts your immune system, helps protect your cells from damage and reduces the risk of certain diseases.
- Vitamins Boost: Packed with vitamins A & C, watermelon increases collagen production keeping your skin healthy and looking radiant.
- Low in Calories: Despite its natural sweet taste, watermelon is relatively low in calories, making it a guilt-free snack that you will surely enjoy.
- Digestive Aid: Watermelon contains dietary fibre that promotes healthy digestion and regular bowel movements.
Quality and Selection ✅
When picking the perfect watermelon, look for a firm, symmetrical shape and a creamy spot on one side (a sign of ripeness). Seedless varieties are convenient, but some prefer the nostalgic experience of munching on seeds.
Enjoyment Beyond the Slice 🍳
From sliced wedges to chilled smoothies and fruit salads, watermelon is your go-to summer treat.
Get creative and enjoy its mouthwatering sweetness!
Storage 101 🗃️
Watermelon (whole) prefers to be kept in a cool, dry place. But once sliced, it should be stored in the fridge. You can slice it into cubes and place it in an airtight container for easy snacking and to preserve its refreshing crispness.
Recipe of the week - Watermelon Banana Sorbet
🍉🍌Sometimes, you just want a sweet, cool, and refreshing treat. I’ve got a healthy one for you, PERFECT for this week because it contains NO added sugars and will appeal to kids and grown-ups alike!
⭐The trick to freezing this so it doesn’t contain any ice crystals is to get as much air as possible out of the container!
Try using a 500 ml (about 2 cups) container. Or, freeze smaller amounts in an ice cube tray – and cover it securely with freezer-proof wrap.
WATERMELON BANANA SORBET
(makes 2 servings)
- 1 cup (155 grams) cubed watermelon
- 1 large banana, cut into chunks and frozen
- ½ tsp fresh lime juice
- Place all the ingredients in a high-speed blender or food processor and pulse until smooth.
- Scrape into a container and cover.
- Freeze for at least 2-3 hours and serve!
Watermelon is more than just a mouth-watering summer treat! It's a healthful delight! Here's why it's a must-have:
- Hydration Hero: With its high water content, 🍉 keeps you hydrated and quenches your thirst, especially on scorching days.
- Antioxidant Ace: Packed with essential nutrients and antioxidants, 🍉 helps protect your cells from damage, boosts your immune system and supports overall health.
- Eye Guardian: Rich in lycopene, 🍉 supports better vision and overall eye health.
- Skin Saviour: Achieve that radiant skin glow. 🍉 is loaded with vitamins A & C that increase collagen production and support healthy skin.
- Digestive Aid: The fibre in 🍉 keeps your digestion on track, promoting a healthy gut.
- Low-Calorie Delight: 🍉 A calorie-wise choice. It's a perfect sweet treat for those watching their waistlines.
It's the star of summertime, celebrated for its ability to quench your thirst and keep you feeling your best during the heat. So slice, dice, or blend it into your favourite recipes, and savour the taste of summer!
✅Pro Tip: To savour the best of watermelon's freshness and flavour, make sure to enjoy it while it's at its ripest and make it a regular part of your diet to enjoy its numerous health perks. Don't forget to spit out those seeds! 😜