Pink on purpose
When you name your summer staples, watermelon is likely near the top of your list. Whether it’s a poolside snack, a side dish at a backyard barbecue or a little something sweet at the end of the day — it’s one of the season’s most versatile foods. A bonus: it's full of smile-friendly vitamins and minerals.
Pink on purpose
Ever wonder why a fruit that’s a rich green on the outside has a pretty pink interior? You can thank lycopene — an antioxidant that has been shown to curb the risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Watermelon has more lycopene than any other fruit. The riper the melon, the more benefits. Seedless watermelons also tend to have more of this antioxidant than their seeded counterparts.
Lycopene naturally protects watermelon against the sun’s powerful rays. By consuming watermelon, you can transfer a bit of this protection to yourself as well. Of course, it isn’t going to offer full protection, so apply your SPF 30+ sunscreen and lip balm often to avoid a painful burn.
How to pick a watermelon
Everyone loves watermelon — even your furry friends at home! High in vitamins A and C, watermelon is good for your overall and oral health as well as your pet’s. It’s also a great way to keep them hydrated on a hot day. But before you give your dog or cat a piece of this pretty pink fruit, remove both the rind and seeds to avoid a dangerous intestinal blockage.
More ways to add more watermelon to your diet
Want to bring the crowd-favorite to your next gathering? Look no further. Watermelon is sure to be a hit with both adults and children. Enjoy in moderation, though, as too much of even a good thing like watermelon can trigger migraines and other not-so-fun conditions like indigestion, nausea and diarrhea for some people.
Ice cream is tasty, but full of sugar — which is not so sweet for your smile. Make a batch of blueberry watermelon granita instead for a refreshing summer sweet without the fat, cholesterol, sodium or added sugar.
Fresh and crunchy watermelon salad
Pair watermelon with cucumber, mint and feta for a fresh summer salad with a robust flavor profile.
Sweet and savory watermelon pizza
Prosciutto makes a surprisingly good pairing with watermelon in this “fruit pizza” recipe with the perfect blend of sweet and salty flavors.