Wednesday, August 3, 2011

It's National Watermelon Day- August 3rd 2011

In case you needed another reason to enjoy a juicy, delicious slice of watermelon, now you have one: today is National Watermelon Day. Ice-cold watermelon is a wonderful and nutritious treat on a hot summer day. It is over 90 percent water, so it's a smart snack choice on a hot summer day.

The watermelon is related to the cantaloupe, squash and pumpkin, other plants that also grow on vines on the ground. Watermelons can be round, oblong or spherical in shape and have thick green rinds that are often spotted or striped. They vary in size from a few pounds to greater than ninety pounds.

Watermelon is a nutritional powerhouse!! Two cups of watermelon provide just 80 calories, 30 percent of your vitamin A for the day and 25 percent of your vitamin C. Watermelon also has the highest concentration of lycopene (that's right, its watermelon, not tomatoes)... the cancer fighting antioxidant.

With more than 200 varieties grown in the U.S. and Mexico, there has to be a variety out there for you. Pick up a watermelon for a healthy nutritious snack and enjoy a nice cold slice today.

Enjoy some crisp, cold watermelon today… we had some for breakfast this morning, DELISH!!!

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