Watermelon is an ancient half fruit - half vegetable that probably had its origins in Africa, (some believe the Kalahari desert) several thousand years ago. It is depicted in 5,000 year old Egyptian hieroglyphs, and was buried with the dead to nourish them in the afterlife. Watermelon is related to pumpkins, squash and cucumber, and has a completely edible rind. Rich in anti-inflammatory nutrients, it is over 90% water, and contains abundant electrolytes, so it's extremely hydrating in hot... weather.
Watermelon is rich in lycopene (moreso than tomatoes!), lutein, vitamin C and beta-carotene. If you can find it, choose the watermelon with black seeds, which are mineral rich and contain ample amounts of protein, zinc and selenium. Watermelon helps relieve the liver and kidneys of toxic burden and flush waste from our systems, and is cooling during very hot weather or for an overheated body.
The recipes that follow offer a variety of ways, both sweet and savory, to eat this wonderful "vegefruit".
01 of 09
Watermelon Granite Ice
This simple recipe for watermelon granite ice is a refreshing and delicious dessert when watermelon is in season. You can also freeze this into little popsicles for the kids, which makes a great healthy alternative to sugary frozen desserts.
02 of 09
This quick, easy and raw recipe for watermelon smoothie is a fantastic, anti-inflammatory detoxifier rich in lycopene and beta-carotene. Ideally choose the watermelon with black seeds, which are mineral rich and contain ample amounts of zinc and selenium (just blend them right into the smoothie). Consuming a “watermelon diet” for a few days can relieve the liver and kidneys of toxic burden and flush waste from our bodies. It is also cooling for an overheated body or during very hot weather. The... addition of mint provides a powerful antioxidant and blood cleanser.
03 of 09
Watermelon Baller Smoothie
The watermelon baller smoothie is a great virgin cocktail for a hot afternoon. Young Thai coconut water, lime, turmeric root and watermelon combine for an ultra hydrating drink. It is full of digestion-boosting enzymes, anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, and liver strengthening .ingredients. Turmeric has been used for thousands of years in both Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine to treat a number of health conditions. It strengthens the liver, inhibits joint inflammation, and is being... studied for its possible impact on cancer cells. Coconut water is rich in electrolytes and deeply hydrating. Watermelon is rich in lycopene, lutein, vitamin C and beta-carotene.
04 of 09
Melon Berry Smoothie
This thirst quenching, luscious recipe for melon berry smoothie is a fantastic hydrating and detoxifying drink, and is chock full of nutrients. Berries are rich in vitamin C, manganese and antioxidants, so you can't go wrong here; just make sure your berries are organic. The optional mint is a powerful antioxidant and blood cleanser. This smoothie is a great hot weather breakfast or post workout recovery drink if you've done a lot of sweating. As alway, remember to "chew" your... smoothie to aid digestion.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Watermelon Stacks With Citrus Dressing and Microgreens
These wonderful, juicy tidbits make a perfect summer appetizer. They are colorful, hydrating, require no cooking and are a wonderful combination of flavors and textures. Watermelon "platforms" hold a thin slice of orange (or ruby grapefruit, or pineapple if you prefer) and a sprinkling of microgreens bathed in citrus juice and just a touch of extra virgin avocado or olive oil. We love these small bites when the temperature is rising (and especially when we've had a day at the beach).
06 of 09
Thai Style Watermelon Salad With Cucumber, Lime and Spicy Ginger Dressing
Thai style watermelon salad with cucumber, lime and spicy ginger dressing is a delightful southeast Asian inspired dish that serves beautifully as a summer side salad or snack. Watermelon salads are a delightful way to enjoy this sweet and juicy delight, and this one offers a wonderful mingling of sweet, sour, pungent and salty in its light dressing. Adding a generous sprinkling of chopped peanuts is an optional touch. I sometimes eat this salad on its own for breakfast or an afternoon snack... on a hot day.
07 of 09
Mediterranean Watermelon and Mint Salad
Watermelon and mint salad is a delightful Mediterranean inspired dish that serves beautifully as a summer side salad or snack. This salad is a classic in the Mediterranean basin, offering a contrast of saltiness and a touch of lime. Adding a crumble of sheep's milk feta cheese is an optional touch. Personally, I love the fresh simplicity of this salad without, but it is a delightful Mediterranean addition.
08 of 09
Mint Marinated Watermelon and Golden Pineapple
The recipe for mint marinated watermelon and golden pineapple only requires 3 ingredients: a wedge of watermelon, ripe, sweet golden pineapple and 1 bunch of mint. What results is a spectacular melding of flavors that can only be described as sublime. The catch? The fruit has to marinate for several hours with occasional stirring or shaking to make sure the mint essence penetrates the fruit. On top of being really easy to make and delicious, this dessert has super hydrating, anti-inflammatory... and digestive properties and is packed with lycopene, Vitamin C and manganese.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
The word chakra means wheel or vortex in the ancient language Sanskrit, and is used in energy medicine and energy anatomy to identify spinning vortexes that connect our bodies to the energy of the universe. Each chakra sends out great numbers of energy meridians called nadis, and has a unique energetic signature and vibration. In the East, the most commonly used chakras are the 7 chakras of the body and the 8th chakra, the energy body or electromagnetic field that surrounds us.
Each of the energy... centers has corresponding organs, color and element, spiritual theme, gemstones, foods and more. While there are some parallels with 5-element theory, the chakra system takes quite a different approach.
Just for fun I’ve developed juices for the colors of the 7 chakras. These are not random gatherings from the plant kingdom, but rather ingredients that can harmonize together to create a whole. They offer a rainbow spectrum of phtytonutrients. Watermelon is one of them. Enjoy!