Watermelon is an excellent fruit to include in your smoothies. It blends really well with specific fruits such as bananas and blueberries. On this page your going to learn about the nutritional benefits watermelon and my favourite watermelon smoothie recipes.
It is important to note that because 92% of watermelon is water, you should use less water in your smoothies than you would with other recipes so that you can retain the thick and creamy texture.
Watermelon Smoothie Nutrition & Health Benefits
You might be surprised to know that watermelon is a nutrient dense food and does not purely contain water and sugar (despite popular belief.) It is a great source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants whilst having a low calorie count. This means that watermelons are a great tool for helping you lose weight fast.
Now lets get a bit more scientific (feel free to skip this section if it is too heavy!) Watermelons contain two key nutrients that I think you should know about. These are citrulline and arginine respectively. What the heck are these?
Citrulline massively improves heart health, makes improvements to the immune system and also helps with weight loss and type 2 diabetes. Its basically really good for you and watermelon is a great source of it. Arginine increases the amount of nitric oxide in the body which helps relax blood vessels.
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How To Select Watermelons
One vital thing than many people forget is how exactly do you select the best watermelon? There are a couple of things that you need to think about when selecting your watermelon.
- Firstly, you need to select a whole watermelon – not a halved or quartered one. Why? Because as soon as the watermelon is cut and stored, it loses some of its juicy nutrients.
- Secondly, you need to buy organic watermelons. Recently there was a study by the Environmental Working Group and they concluded that watermelons rank 26 out of 100 for pesticide residue. Therefore, if your not able to purchase organic watermelons then I recommend that you don’t include the rind in your smoothies.
I hope you’ve learn a little bit more on how to create a watermelon smoothie. If you have, then please share this page. Happy blending!