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watermelon health benefits

What is it?

The watermelon plant, also known by its scientific name Citrullus lanatus, is a member of the flowering plant family known as Cucurbitaceae (1). There are actually over 1,000 different watermelon varieties out there, all of which are packed with amazing health benefits.

What are the benefits?

Usually when you see a bright colored food (and no, I do not mean the ones with Red40, Blue50 etc. etc. in them), you now it’s going to be fantastic for you.

The color of a food , in fact, is greatly driven by it’s phytonutrient composition. For example, scientists note that watermelon has one of the highest lycopene levels of any type of fresh produce. Lycopene reacts with the human body to trigger healthy reactions and is the red pigment that gives watermelons, tomatoes, red grapefruits and guavas their color. (2)

Sore from that recent soul cycle or yoga class? Eat some watermelon! This juicy fruit has been shown to  promote muscle recovery and alleviate aches and pains in athletes. (3)

One recent study showed that after 24 hours of supplementation, athletes experienced improved heart rates that were more beneficial for muscle recovery in addition to less overall soreness and muscle aches. (4)

How many times have you been told to eat bananas for muscle cramping? How about watermelon?! Watermelon is packed with Potassium which kicks those muscle cramps following exercise and helps you heal from an injury more quickly. (5) My boyfriend is a professional athlete and this is a secret trick I’m suggesting for forcing on him!

On top of recovery, watermelon also has the necessary nutrients that promote beauty and anti-aging. One serving of watermelon contains 70 percent of your daily vitamin A requirement and 80 percent of your daily vitamin C requirement, both of which help brighten skin and keep it youthful-looking. (6). Sign me up!


how to cut watermelon

Source: Delish


Let’s face it, watermelon is not one of the easier things to chop. If you don’t have the right knife, it’s important to be EXTREMELY careful to avoid casualties.

The best method to cutting watermelon is to follow the following steps:

  1. Cut off the ends
  2. Slice in Half
  3. Slice in quarters
  4. Slice into triangles

We know, easier said than done, but starting off with chopping the ends will really save you time and fingers!

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Watermelon Feta Mint Skewers by Bites of Bri

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Moroccan watermelon cucumber salad with pistachio by Feasting at Home

A Moroccan Watermelon Salad with Cucumber, pistachios, parsley, mint, onion and crumbled feta...refreshing, simple and delicious! | www.feastingathome.com

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Watermelon Salsa by The Kitchen Docs

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Strawberry Watermelon Smoothie (2 Ingredients!) by Build Your Bite

Strawberry watermelon smoothie – so easy and so refreshing! This is the perfect summer treat and only takes a minute to make! #strawberry #watermelon #smoothie #summer #healthy #vegan #smoothierecipe #healthysmoothie

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Strawberry Watermelon Popsicles by One Lovely Life

Fresh, healthy Strawberry Watermelon Popsicles from One Lovely Life.

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Watermelon Breeze by Flavorite

Fresh, light and low cal summer drinks that are an easy breezy treat! All you need is a blender to whip up this Watermelon Breeze recipe.

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Watermelon Ice by Domestically Blissful

Watermelon ice for flavor and color.

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Watermelon and Halloumi Skewers (Source: Olive Magazine)

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Easy 10 minute Watermelon Pizza by Wholesome Pizza

This quick and easy watermelon pizza recipe with berries, and cream cheese icing makes a perfect healthy summer dessert. Ready in 10 minutes! It's low carb and gluten-free, too.

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Watermelon Jerky (source: Chalkboard Magazine)

We obviously love a DIY version of the popular Trader Joe’s watermelon jerky, so we’re sharing this recipe to get you busy in the kitchen. One of our favorite bloggers, The Skinny Confidential, also shares some tips on how to make this one ingredient tasty snack with a dehydrator machine.

Close-up of a clear glass filled with watermelon jerky

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