Juicy fruits

05 May 2016
POSTED BY Y Magazine

Some wily ways with the juiciest of all juicy fruits- watermelon, to help keep you hydrated this summer.



There’s no doubt about it. Temperatures are rising and another Omani summer is on the horizon. As the weather heats up, keeping hydrated is important and there’s plenty of food out there that will help you stay cool and refreshed.

Staying hydrated is especially important during the summer months. In addition to normal bodily functions, higher temperatures draw more water through perspiration so consciously replacing your fluid content becomes essential for overall health.

The American dietician, health expert and author Elizabeth Somer says: “Every system in your body, from reproduction and digestion to circulation, mood and memory depends on water.”

However, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (the leading public health institute in the United States) has found that 44 per cent of adults drink fewer than four cups of water per day (fewer than half of the recommended eight glasses per day) and in some cases, hardly any water at all.

What many people don’t realise is that beverages aren’t the only way to hydrate your body. In fact, water-dense foods such as watermelon can also boost your hydration. Sweetly flavoured, low-calorie watermelon is 92 per cent water and offers several nutrients along with the cancer-fighting antioxidant lycopene.

Whether eaten out of your hand, added to a salad or blended into a healthy drink, there are dozens of delicious ways a healthy serving of watermelon can help you hydrate.

Juicy fruit

Watermelons are usually green on the outside with crimson or (less common) gold flesh on the inside. They come from a warm, long-season crop, which makes Oman an ideal place to grow them. You can get plenty of varieties grown here in the Sultanate’s soil, giving your meal a real, local flavour.

Watermelons are good for:

  • Crave-worthy snacks: Thoroughly chill the watermelon then slice, ball or cube it for a quick, refreshing and juicy boost. For kids, cut 2.5cm slices of the watermelon then use biscuit cutters to make fun shapes for snacking.
  • Frozen treats. Puree watermelon, add chunks of fruit and pour into freezer moulds for a sweet way to beat the heat.
  • Healthy juices: Make a simple watermelon juice for a great post-workout snack, or try a flavoursome watermelon lemonade to put a fresh spin on a summertime favourite. Another option: add watermelon to your favourite fruit shakes or smoothies for a new flavour twist.
  • Salads and sandwiches: Easily add extra hydration into your regular meals by tossing chunks of watermelon into a salad or layering strips of the fruit on a sandwich or wrap.

Try out this delicious watermelon lemonade or plain watermelon juice. Find more mouth-watering ideas and recipes at watermelon.org

Watermelon Lemonade

Juicy fruit

Servings: 5 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2/3 cup agave syrup
  • 2 cups watermelon chunks

Method:

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve over ice. 

Watermelon Juice

Juicy fruit

Servings: Vary, depending on watermelon size

Ingredients:

  • 1 watermelon, washed and cut into chunks.

Method:

  • Blend 2-3 cups watermelon at a time until smooth. Strain into serving pitcher, if desired.

Note: If unstrained, the juice will need to be stirred until blended before serving.

(*Source: National Watermelon Promotion Board)


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