Friday, June 7, 2013

Foodie Friday ~ All About Watermelon

Summer is in full swing, the Memorial Day BBQ's have passed and there is still so much delicious to eat, and nothing says lazy summer days like watermelon.  


A nutritional surprise


  • Vitamin A found in watermelon is important for optimal eye health and boosts immunity by enhancing the infection-fighting actions of white blood cells called lymphocytes.
  • Vitamin B6 found in watermelon helps the immune system produce antibodies. Antibodies are needed to fight many diseases. Vitamin B6 helps maintain normal nerve function and form red blood cells. The body uses it to help break down proteins. The more protein you eat, the more vitamin B6 you need.
  • Vitamin C in watermelon can help to bolster the immune system's defenses against infections and viruses and can protect a body from harmful free radicals that can accelerate aging and conditions such as cataracts.
  • A two-cup serving of watermelon is also a source of potassium*, a mineral necessary for water balance and found inside of every cell. People with low potassium levels can experience muscle cramps.


With only 80 calories for 2 cups, you can really enjoy yourself.


Thank you to Watermelon.org for this tasty recipe 


Creamy Watermelon Sherbet

Ingredients
5 cups watermelon puree (about 1 large watermelon)
1 ½ tablespoons unflavored gelatin
1 ½ cups sugar
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 ½ cups milk
1 ½ teaspoons fresh lime juice
Instructions
Soften gelatin in ½ cup of the watermelon puree. Let stand 5 minutes at room temperature and then heat gently to dissolve gelatin. Cool slightly. Add remaining watermelon puree, sugar, nutmeg, lemon juice and milk to gelatin mixture. Freeze in ice cream freezer according to appliance directions.





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