Watermelon is the fruit for excellence of summer. The ripening period runs from the end of June to the beginning of September.
It has a bad reputation for being indigestible, actually, the reason why we sometimes don't digest it well is that we often consume it very cold.
Of course, that feeling of not having digested may be due, in part, also to his ottimo potere sziante, but this is a quality that allows us to resort to watermelon like breaks hunger, with a minimum calorie intake; 100 grams of watermelon contain less than 20 calories.
Watermelon is mainly composed of water. Its key nutrient is lycopene, a substance with antioxidant qualities.
And then rich in fiber and remineralizing. It is diuretic, thirst-quenching and purifying and allows us to face the hot August days with more enthusiasm.
Watermelon, along with pineapple, is one of the most effective foods against cellulite.
How to eat watermelon
Watermelon is perfect when eaten in slices, as mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack.
It is excellent fresh, but be careful not to consume it too cold; it is advisable to take it out of the refrigerator a few hours before bringing it to the table.
We can also have fun creating some refreshing, healthy, natural and low-calorie recipes.
All the fruit of August
Children (and often adults too) love popsicles but those found on the market, especially in large retailers, are anything but natural. We bet your kids will love these watermelon popsicles? The recipe is very simple.
The ingredients I'm:
> half a kilo of sweet and ripe watermelon pulp
> 100 grams of whole cane sugar
> The juice of half a lemon
Preparation: remove the watermelon seeds and blend the pulp, together with the sugar and lemon juice. Pour into popsicle molds and store in the freezer for at least four to five hours. In fact, sugar can also be omitted; the popsicle will be lighter and still very pleasant.
Watermelon and feta salad
The watermelon and feta salad it is a very summery recipe, a perfect solution, for example, when you come home from the sea and you want a refreshing and light dinner.
Ingredients for four people:
> 800 grams of watermelon pulp
> 200 grams of feta
> A few fresh mint leaves
> A drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
Preparation: the procedure is very simple: just put the watermelon with the feta in a large bowl, all cut into cubes, and season with oil, mint, salt and pepper.
Watermelon salad with rocket
The salad with watermelon and feta can be enriched with a few leaves of rocket and a handful of toasted sunflower seeds. If desired, you can also add some black olives.
Of course, watermelon is also perfect for enriching mixed fruit salads, obtained by putting together all the wonderful fruits that summer gives us.
Watermelon: the fruit of summer
To learn more:
> The fruit of the month of August