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Fruit Spotlight: Watermelon

Fruit spotlight: watermelonWatermelon is back in season. This time of year, they’re sweet, juicy and utterly delicious. Nothing beats an ice cold piece of watermelon on a hot day. However, it turns out that watermelon is more than just a tasty summer snack; it can actually benefit you post run.

  • Rehydration: Hydrate post-workout with a few cups of watermelon. Watermelon is made up of about 90 percent water and the perfect hydrating snack.
  • Electrolyte replenishment: We all know how important it is to replenish electrolytes after a workout. Watermelon is a refreshing alternative to sports drinks and low in calories. A cup of watermelon only contains 46 calories, about the equivalent of a cup of Gatorade, without all the artificial flavors and coloring.
  • Muscle soreness: Several studies have been conducted on the affects of watermelon on post-workout muscle soreness. Watermelon contains l-citrulline, an amino acid, which can help protect against muscle soreness and pain. Studies suggest blending watermelon into juice and consuming 16 ounces after your run. If you’re looking for a refreshing recipe try this watermelon agua fresca.
  • Nutrient powerhouse: Not only is watermelon low in calories, one cup provides about 20 percent of your daily Vitamin C and Vitamin A. It is also contains the antioxidant lycopene and is full of fiber. Not bad for a cup of fruit.
  • Portable, easy snack: With a little effort up front, watermelon can be a great on-the-go snack. Cube a few cups of watermelon and place in a plastic container as a healthy snack.

Take it with you to work, eat it in the car, snack on a few pieces after your workout or eat it first thing in the morning to rehydrate after a long night’s sleep. Use your fingers; it’s summer after all. And know that wherever you eat watermelon, you’re doing something good for your body.

Written bLisa Chase / Photo Creative Commons image search

Recipe: watermelon cucumber popsicle