Sweet, juicy watermelon may be the perfect fruit during pregnancy.
Did you know that watermelon eases, heartburn and reduces swelling; its high water content (92 percent) and fruit sugars alleviate morning sickness and dehydration; and the minerals it contains can help prevent third-trimester muscle cramps.
Plus it helps keep your immune system strong. Helps build collagen, which is responsible for cell growth. Every part of your growing baby is built from collagen. It literally builds your little ones heart, lungs, kidneys, skin, bones, nails, eyes, and all the other organs. Here is a little baby fun fact...Did you know that your baby is developing at 1 million cells per second? Amazing right?!?
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A study in the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics found that daily lycopene supplements reduced the incidence of preeclampsia by 50 percent. Test subjects were given 4 milligrams of lycopene; a single serving of watermelon can have triple that amount. What's more, scientists have discovered that watermelon is packed with vitamins A, C and B6, as well as potassium and magnesium. These nutrients are important for the development of your baby's vision, brain, nervous and immune systems, and more. For you, potassium regulates water balance in the blood and body tissues during pregnancy. And you get all these benefits for less than 50 calories per cup.
According to Steven Pratt, M.D. author of Super Foods RX, "ounce for ounce, watermelon is richer than tomatoes in lycopene, an antioxidant that protects against cancer and cardiovascular disease, boosts the body's immunity to infections and naturally raises the skin's SPF."
It once was considered just a juicy treat with limited culinary range but now I have been seeing watermelon salads on the menu of some of my favorite restaurants. Which I have to admit... I was very reluctant to try. But I am glad I did because I loved it. On a salad plate, it's a succulent substitute for tomatoes. It adds beautiful color and that crunch factor to entrees. It makes a sweet background for smoothies and sorbets. And it freshens up a tangy barbecue sauce.
Some easy way to ease nausea, heartburn or swelling with sweet and savory watermelon recipes.
For all my expectant mamas! Here is a yummy recipe for Watermelon Whole Fruit Popsicles! Worth trying! You can check out my Morning Sickness Relief Guide too.
You can replace the watermelon puree with honeydew melon or cantaloupe puree. Use any fresh organic fruit you have on hand. I like using contrasting colors because it makes the popsicles look so pretty! And don't forget to use seedless watermelon.
Refreshing and Hydrating Watermelon - Fruit Popsicles
3 cups watermelon puree (about 1/4 to 1/2 a watermelon)
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup chopped fresh strawberries
1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
1 peach or nectarine, diced small
handful fresh cherries, pitted and chopped
Cut the watermelon into chunks and then puree it in a blender until smooth. Set aside.
Set out about 1 dozen popsicle molds (amount needed will vary depending on size of molds). Fill each one with the chopped fresh fruit. Then pour in the watermelon puree until each mold is full to the top. Place a popsicle stick into each one. Place into your freezer and freeze for about 6 to 8 hours.
When ready to serve, run the popsicle molds under warm water for a few seconds and then pull each one out. Enjoy
Recipe by: Nourishing Meals
To make juice, purée 8 cups cubed seedless watermelon in a blender until smooth. Pour through a fine-mesh sieve (don't press the fruit through with a spoon, or the juice will be too fibrous). Discard the pulp. Serve the juice immediately or chill it, stirring well before serving. If desired, add 1 tablespoon citrus juice (such as lime, lemon or orange) to intensify the flavor. Makes 1 quart, or about 4 8-ounce cups.
QUESTION: Do you have a favorite watermelon recipe? I just tried a recipe for a tomato- watermelon salad that was incredible and was a huge hit at my dinner party last week.
Or do you have any fun memories of eating watermelon as a child? I have lots of fond memories of eating watermelon at the beach or on a picnic blanket under a big tree.
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For more watermelon recipes check out Epicurious.com- There are a ton of yummy recipes!