Meatless Monday: Watermelon, Basil & Feta SaladPosted: July 28, 2014
Watermelons are synonymous with summer.
Like the first jump into a lake or pool, the fruit creates a cool, crisp and refreshing experience for the hottest of days. And since it’s made up of 92% water, that experience is a light and hydrating one, too.
These latter traits are ones ice cream just can’t match. Hence why when it comes to choosing between watermelon juice vs. sticky vanilla dripping down our hands, 9 times out of 10 you’ll find us reaching for the melon. That little bicep workout we get from doing so is just an added benefit. (The average melon is 20 pounds, 14 of those pounds being sweet, juicy deliciousness.)
Aside from the obvious benefits of keeping watermelon your summer snack of choice, below are 3 other reasons to chow down.
Loaded with lycopene: Containing up to 20mg per 2-cup serving, watermelon has more lycopene than a tomato, the fruit most widely known for shedding light onto this antioxidant. Studies have linked lycopene to lowering the risk of certain types of cancer, especially cancers of the prostate, lung, and stomach.
A multivitamin in snack form: While full of water, watermelon is also packed with vitamins, particularly Vitamins A and C. It’s also a good source of Vitamin B6, known to boost the body’s antibodies needed for pumping up the immune system.
Cool on the calories, high on fiber: Per 2-cup serving, watermelon contains just under 100 calories, and a significant amount of fiber to keep you regular. Its minimal calories are nutrient-dense, making it an ultimate slim-down summer snack.
At LifeVest, we’re all about digging into a large slice with just our spoon (or teeth). Watermelon doesn’t need to be paired with more than a hungry appetite to make it taste good. However, when we want to take it up a notch, this simple recipe is one that often steals our plate. Our food blogger, Grace, shares this recipe for when you want to show up with more than just a bowling ball to your next picnic or summer gathering.
In Grace’s words, “Salty feta plays off the sweetness of the melon, while a minty basil takes its natural refreshingness to a whole other level. If you want your watermelon to feel fancy, in an effortless sort of way, this is it.”
It’s on our agenda for the week, hopefully along with one of those jumping-into-the-pool experiences, too. Head on over here for the recipe!