I am not going to lie, my boys have been known to eat their weight in watermelon on many occasions.
Son #1 in particular, has been known to dig in to half a watermelon with a spoon and before you know it, all that is left is the shell. I ran into the grocery store today between clients to pick up a “few” things (you know the drill) and 1/2 a paycheck later (ugh), I was pushing my cart to the car with yet another watermelon in tow (second of the week).
I thought it would be fun, since the 4th of July is creeping up on us, to share some interesting facts about this juicy fruit and its post exercise benefits.
Watermelon is 92% water and a good source of potassium (electrolyte lost in sweat). Watermelon is a great post workout hydrator. Some athletes will sprinkle a little salt on their watermelon to replace the sodium lost during a workout.
Watermelon is a good source of carbohydrates. Consuming watermelon shortly after your workout can help replenish depleted glycogen stores, refueling your muscles for your next workout.
Watermelon is an excellent source of the phytonutrient LYCOPENE. Lycopene has been shown to reduce inflammation in the body and naturally improve muscle recovery time. FUN FACT – Allowing the watermelon to ripen fully will increase the lycopene content and consequently have an even greater impact on helping sore muscles recover.
Watermelon is low in calories (45-50 calories per cup) yet quite high in nutritional value. It is a great source of both Vitamin C and A.
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