Who knew – apparently the 3rd of August is International Watermelon Day?! So, while we bask in the glorious, perpetually unbroken sunshine (sorry, I was dreaming of an Aussie summer for a moment there, as opposed to the Northern Hemisphere version, where the sun’s appearance is as rare as hen’s teeth 🙁 ), Smooth Mama helps us celebrate in style with this simple but incredibly refreshing watermelon smoothie.

1 cup watermelon

1 cup coconut water

1/2 banana

1 tsp guarana

1 tsp hemp protein

sprig of fresh mint leaves

What’s good (and not so good) about watermelon then?…

Apparently, the saying goes “eat melon alone or leave it alone because it will make your stomach groan”. The reason for this? – if you eat melon with other foods such as whole grains, meat or dairy products, the melon has to hang around whilst the other foods get digested first, causing the melon to ferment :-0 which in turn creates zee gas and will probably make you fart! You have been warned – munch your melon 30 minutes before or, 30 minutes after other food. Watermelon juice is also high in fructose, which for those with a fructose intolerance isn’t such good news I’m afraid 🙁

Watermelon is actually a more concentrated source of lycopene than tomatoes. Lycopene is a powerful carotenoid antioxidant that gives fruits and vegetables a pink or red colour.

Watermelon juice contains l-citrulline, an amino acid that seems to protect against muscle pain so, the advice is to drink it prior to working out and it may reduce post workout muscle soreness.

Watermelon is related to cucumbers, pumpkin and squash and, whilst most people discard the rind and the seeds, they are actually edible – the rind contains chlorophyll, which is good for the blood and, more of the amino acid citrulline than the pink flesh. The seeds contain iron, zinc, protein and fibre, so stick it all in the blender.

Watermelon is more than 91 percent water, so on one of those rare ‘hot’ days, eating watermelon will also help you stay hydrated.

Watermelon makes a tasty treat for your little four legged friend too but be sure to remove the seeds first and don’t let Fido eat the rind!

Happy watermelon day folks!