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Watermelon: The Guilt-Free, Summer Superfood

Courtesy of Katia Raguan / @katyarago

Courtesy of Katia Raguan / @katyarago

We’re in the midst of Ramadan, and come iftar, we’re ready to quench our thirst. Once you’ve had your fill, and instead of indulging in something heavy, reach for a refreshing slice of watermelon. Here, we round up the lesser-known benefits of the summer superfood.

For a food that holds so little calories, watermelon holds a serious amount of vitamins, making it our guilt-free summer food crush.

Vitamin C helps to up the level of collagen, resulting in healthier skin and hair.

Vitamin A helps to keep the skin’s moisture levels high so that it won’t become dehydrated. While watermelon is made up of 92% water, this fruit will help keep hydration levels high.

Lycopene fights against heart disease. For the highest levels of lycopene, ensure that your watermelon is fully ripe—look for the red flesh of the fruit.

Fiber encourages a healthy digestive tract.

Chloline is a nutrient that helps to reduce inflammation, so a healthy dosage of watermelon can help to keep aching muscles and body tension at bay.

Citrolline is an amino acid that promotes cardiovascular health.

Our favorite fast watermelon recipe:

summer-superfood-watermelon-650Ingredients:

Watermelon
Feta Cheese
Fresh Mint Leaves
Olive Oil
Salt
Pepper

Slice the watermelon into roughly one-inch cubed pieces and remove the seeds. Dice the feta cheese into small 1-2 cm cubes and add to the watermelon. Take the mint leaf sprigs and tear off the leaves—no need to chop. Gently toss the ingredients together and finish with a healthy dose of virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper to your taste.

Et voilà, a healthy salad that takes under three minutes to prepare.

Best served chilled.

 

Elizabeth Whiston-Dew

Photographed by Mario Testino, Vogue, April 2010

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