Tickle Water on Eat This, Not That! this month, with their 12 trends for watermelon this summer. Read full article here.
“By Cheyenne Buckingham
Melt those love handles in time for the beach this summer with these trendy, watermelon-inspired drinks and eats!
“Pass me a watermelon,” my friend said last weekend, over Memorial Day. I handed her a slice of seedless, but she pointed instead at the cooler. “No,” she said, “I meant the beer!”
Watermelon’s been “on trend” since your last wet, hot American summer. But this summer, it’ll be in everything from cold brews to detox waters, as food marketers try to make it the next Cronut or matcha tea. Eat This, Not That! approves: Not only does watermelon help you stay hydrated during those intense, summer heat spells, it also holds a bevy of vitamins and minerals.
In fact, it’s scored the top spot on the list of foods high in lycopene, a phytonutrient that is essential for maintaining good bone and cardiovascular health. And researchers are finding that watermelon holds a significant amount of an amino acid called citrulline. Once absorbed in the body, citrulline has the ability to convert into another amino acid called arginine, which is accountable for improving blood flow, and—bonus—reducing fat cells. Pretty neat!