One of our favorite food items during the summer months is the melon! What’s not to love about this sweet, juicy and versatile piece of fruit (or vegetable, depending on which variety you are talking about!) Summer is the season of the melon and you’ll find them in abundance across the months of May to September. Whether you are a fan of the classic red and green watermelon, the bright orange flesh of the cantaloupe melon, the sweet flavors of the honeydew or one of the much lesser known types such as the Hami, Korean or yes, even the comically named, Santa Claus Melon, there are so many reasons and benefits to make this fruit your go-to snack this summer!
Hydrate with fruit!
If you’re struggling to drink more water, substitute your water intake by reaching out for a piece of melon! With a water percentage of approximately 92%, it’s an easy way to feel a little more refreshed and hydrated!
Boost your vitamin and mineral intake!
There’s more to the melon than you think! With each delicious bite you’re one step closer to reaching your RDI goals of Vitamins A, B1, B5, B6 and C, not forgetting the potassium and magnesium! This low-calorie snack is packed with antioxidants to help you keep healthy from the inside out.
Lower your blood pressure
High blood pressure is as we all know a common health condition that can lead to more serious things such as heart attacks and strokes if not addressed. The good news is you can improve your diet in order to help reduce your blood pressure, and melon (in particular, watermelon) can aid you in achieving this. Watermelon contains high levels of an amino acid called citrulline which the body converts into arginine… without all the complicated science stuff, these two things facilitate the production of nitric oxide in the body which helps to relax and dilate blood vessels!
Promote healthy digestion
That high water content we talked about combined with the melon’s high fiber is the perfect combination to help keep your digestive track working efficiently. Adding melon to your daily diet could be helpful for those who have regular problems with constipation.
An alternative source of calcium
If you are lactose intolerant or simply not a fan of drinking milk. Reach for another piece of melon. Melons have varying levels of calcium. Honeydew delivers 6mg per 100g serving, while cantaloupe offers 9mg, and best yet, the Casaba melon offers 11mg per serving. Not only is calcium good for your teeth and bones but also helps to keep your nerves functioning properly.
Weight loss aide
Melon is the perfect addition to your diet if you’re looking to lose a few pounds. The sweet taste is a great substitute for slightly naughtier sweet treats as it has way fewer calories per serving! The high fiber content will help you to feel fuller for longer and can help reduce overeating. Melon can be introduced into both your sweet and savory dishes, so why not try a grilled watermelon, feta, and mint salad for a light summer lunch or making yourself some low-cal ice pops from blended and frozen honeydew melon. Trust us, it’s delicious!