The best food to eat in the morning is fruit. Fresh healthy fruit on its own or in a smoothie. This time of year, watermelons are abundant and not too pricey.
For those who like paleo recipes, this is an excellent addition to your collection.
My lovely watermelon for breakfast cocktail looks good, but as you see, there are seeds in it. I could have picked them out, but it is actually healthy to eat watermelon seeds. They contain:
1. Protein They are good for heart problems and for regulating blood pressure. As you see in the seed picture above there is 8 g of protein per serving.
2. Fats They contain healthy fats which are good for lowering your cholesterol
3. Niacin They are a good source of niacin and other B vitamins
4. Minerals magnesium, phosphorous, iron, potassium, sodium, copper, manganese and zinc.
Watermelon seeds are a healthy treat. For those counting calories, you should be aware that a half cup of seeds contains 300 calories. I never count calories, but then 1/2 cup is a lot of seeds.
The seeds may be roasted like pumpkin seeds or just eaten with your watermelon.
When you are eating roasted seeds, you are meant to crack the shell with your teeth and eat the inside. Then you throw away the hull. That seems like work so I usually just eat the whole thing fresh from the watermelon. If you roast them, you could have watermelon for breakfast with seeds on the side. Yummy!
Watermelon's nutrients are:
Since watermelon is mostly water, it acts as a diuretic which can help lower your blood pressure. It is also antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-coagulating.
I was amazed to learn that the rind of the fruit is also good for you. Our parents used to seem very worried when we got close to the rind. I'm not sure why, but it scared me to dig into that green stuff.
What I have discovered is that the rind is edible and very good for you. Rind can be blended in a smoothie, made into pickles, and grated into a salad. It is also good for making homemade salsa. It is better to get organic watermelons so there is no danger of pesticides. I believe that if you can't find organic, you could peel off the outer layer of rind or just wash it thoroughly.
This smoothie is soooo refreshing. It was easy to make. You will notice that if you spend time taking pictures of your smoothie, the juice will separate, but all you need is to give it a stir.
Ingredients: Watermelon (you choose the amount)
juice of one lemon or lime (I prefer lime)
I did not have an organic watermelon
so I trimmed the outer skin off before
I blended. Be sure to wash the rind
thoroughly in any case.
On the left you see a two cup measuring cup filled to the top with watermelon. Here we put the watermelon in a bowl and the rind with some red still attached in the same cup so you can see the amounts.
Make the smoothie:
1. Cut watermelon into small wedges with rind left on.
2. Dip the pointed end into melted dark chocolate (milk chocolate if you prefer).
You can use melts made for dipping or simply melt your favorite chocolate chips in the
microwave or in a double boiler. Quick and easy.
1/4 C orange marmalade 2 C seeded, chopped watermelon
14 C chopped jalapeno or chili peppers 1 C chopped sweet onion
2 T vinegar 1 C peeled, seeded orange sections or
1 clove minced garlic use clementines or tangerines (chop)
1/2 t salt
Stir marmalade, cilantro, peppers, vinegar, garlic and salt together. Add remaining ingredients and gently toss. Refrigerate from 30 minutes to an hour. Serve with kale chips or toasted Ezekiel tortilla pieces.
This recipe was slightly modified from the one in The Old Farmer's Almanac Garden-Fresh Cookbook - page 238. There are more good recipes in the book.
For a good a good site with a recipe for roasted watermelon seeds click here.