Watermelon is a naturally rich source of lycopene, which is a powerful antioxidant with many health benefits. Studies have shown that lycopene may be protective against certain types of cancers and cardiovascular disease. Watermelon also contains citrulline, an amino acid which may contribute to the reduction of muscle soreness. Watermelon may help reduce the recovery heart rate and muscle soreness after 24 hours. The health benefits of watermelon make it perfect for summer activities!
Recipe of the Week
Yield: 10 Servings
(recipe courtesy of The Kitchen: Foodnetwork)
-6 Cups seedless watermelon
-10 fresh mint leaves
Add the watermelon to a blender and blend until pureed. Add the mint leaves and blend for about 15 seconds.
Pour into a loaf pan and place in the freezer until frozen for about 6 hours or overnight.
Use an ice cream scoop to serve, and enjoy!
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