Summertime Snack . . . Yellow Watermelon!

Yellow watermelon . . . simply loving it!  Images of sunny days spent outside while eating thick slices of watermelon . . . seems to sum up the ideal vision of summer.

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So, who is looking for the perfect summertime snack?  You . . . and me too!  Well, look no further. Yellow watermelon is your go-to summertime snack.  It is juicy and thirst quenching just like it’s red-fleshed cousin.  Summer means heat and heat means sweating so watermelon will keep you hydrated.  And of course, it tastes delicious!  And really, isn’t that the real reason to eat something?  Also, don’t under estimate the beauty of this fruit.  It simply adds a brightness and pop of color to your plate!

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Yellow watermelon is often described as being a bit sweeter with more of a honey flavor than red flesh watermelons. It is low calorie goodness which is a good thing during summertime.  Just one word . . . bikini!  One cup is just a mere 46 calories.  But it is filling due to it’s high water content . . . yes, 92% water.  The bonus is that the feeling of fullness means not feeling deprived.  Because deprivation is downright ridiculous-ness! 

Yellow watermelon is full of good-for-you nutrients . . . vitamin A, vitamin C and potassium.  I see you rolling your eyes.  I know you are wondering, “what does that really mean?” or why on earth, “should I really care?”  So, let me quickly tell you . . .

Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that supports immune and eye health.  Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin needed to make and repair skin and blood vessels and aids in healing wounds.  Potassium is both a mineral and electrolyte that assists in building proteins and helps the body with it’s acid-base balance.  Sounds like yellow watermelon is your solution to summertime snacking . . . it is definitely snack food at my home!  

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So are you wondering about red watermelon vs. yellow watermelon?  Wondering if yellow is better than red?  Or red better than yellow?  I say eat them both and enjoy them both!  There is a difference . . . just a slight difference.  Yellow watermelon is a good source of beta-carotene and red watermelon is a good source of lycopene.  Both are provitamin A carotenoids found in plant foods.  Both, however, are antioxidants which we all know we need lots of. They provide protection against cancer and eye disease.  Now, who doesn’t want that kind of protection?

My summertime recommendation . . . enjoy eating watermelon no matter what color and preferably both.  Because more color on your plate means more nutrition in you . . . and that is beautiful!

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To enjoying watermelon, both yellow and red, . . . one juicy, tasty bite at a time!  Hugs, M.

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