As spring turns to summer, I am super stoked on watermelon! At 92% water, watermelon is one of the highest water-content fruits, hence its apt name. Water-rich fruits are penultimate for expediting and enhancing detoxification, cleansing, weight loss/management, and body repair. They are easy to digest, and make me feel light, energized, and free.
Like the tantalizing tomato, watermelon is incredibly rich in lycopene, a carotenoid phytonutrient that assists and protects heart and bone health.
Watermelon also contains citrulline, an amino acid that our kidneys convert into arginine, another amino acid. **Yes, fruit has protein!!** Arginine improves blood flow and overall cardiovascular health.
From a weight loss perspective, watermelon’s arginine content is awesome, as conversion of citrulline into arginine may shut down enzyme activity and tell our cells to create less fat! With the help of enzyme nitric oxide synthase (NOS), this conversion process produces nitric oxide (NO; laughing gas!), which relaxes muscular tension. I always loved the laughing gas at the dentist as a kid…maybe this is why I can’t get enough watermelon, haha! Healthy whip-its, anyone?!
Botanically, watermelon is a member of the gourd family, Cucurbitaceae, home to cucumbers, squash, pumpkin, cantaloupe, and zucchini. This family of fruits grows on the ground, connected by vines. I think this is one of my favorite fruit families… Like cucumber, the entire fruit can be eaten, even the rind!
In fact, the rind contains the highest concentration of nutrients, including: phenolic antioxidants, flavonoids, lycopene, vitamin C, pantothenic acid, copper, biotin, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, and magnesium. These compounds provide anti-inflammatory and antioxidant support.
Don’t be afraid of the seeds! They are our friends! Watermelon seeds contain surprisingly bioavailable (85-90%) iron and zinc as well as protein. If you’re not a fan of eating them whole, this is where your juicer comes in to save the day!
This juice is excellent for the root and heart chakras. Warning: you will likely experience a burst of energy and feel generally hopeful and happy about life. For those with blood sugar issues, DEFINITELY throw in all the white parts and rind. If you want that pretty pink color, a peeled cucumber works too.
- Recipe yields about 32 oz. (1 quart) of juice
- 5 cups watermelon chunks (include white parts and even the rind if you don’t mind a brownish color)
- 1/2 lime, or more to taste
- 1 sprig mint, or more to taste
Juice all ingredients through your trusty juicer.
Admire that vibrant color, and INDULGE! Don’t be freaked out if it separates, as this naturally occurs with fresh juice, especially those with super high water content fruits.
Did you try this recipe? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!