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.
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:
Try out this delicious watermelon lemonade or plain watermelon juice. Find more mouth-watering ideas and recipes at watermelon.org
Servings: 5 cups
Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve over ice.
Servings: Vary, depending on watermelon size
Note: If unstrained, the juice will need to be stirred until blended before serving.
(*Source: National Watermelon Promotion Board)