Along with being amazingly refreshing, watermelon is a great source of nutrients, too. This summer fruit is a whopping 92% water, making it a hydrating food. Like tomatoes, watermelon gets it red color from lycopene, a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that’s especially important for cardiovascular health . Watermelon also contains cytrolline, which our bodies convert to the amino acid arginine, which helps with blood flow, and contains other necessary nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin A and potassium. While its delicious right off the rind, these healthy recipes are a great way to mix up the way you get your watermelon fix.
Coconut Watermelon Rum Cocktail // A Bubbly Life
Made with coconut water, watermelon and lime, this rum cocktail is naturally hydrating.
While nothing hits the spot in summer quite like a delicious, frozen coffee concoction, the truth is that your favorite drink can be a major calorie and sugar bomb. For example, a grande Starbucks S’mores Frappuccino clocks in at 500 calories and a whopping 68 grams of sugar. Making a cool coffee drink at home is easier than you think, and is better for both your body and your wallet.
Vegan Iced Coffee // That Girl Shannon
Made with coffee ice cubes, this iced coffee is sweetened naturally with stevia and gets a touch of flavor from the addition of vanilla and cinnamon. Top it off with a vegan-friendly milk like cashew.
Matcha has become a commonplace ingredient in lattes, smoothies and more, – and it’s for good reason. Unlike traditional green tea, matcha is made from powdered whole tea leaves, meaning you get a potent boost of antioxidants. Matcha tea converts love the natural boost of energy it gives, but you can also expect benefits like a metabolism boost, protection against heart disease and lowered cholesterol. Plus, the vibrant color of matcha is due to its high chlorophyll content, a nutrient that helps detoxify, reduce inflammation and boost immunity. If you’d like to enjoy your matcha beyond the mug, these great recipes are perfect!
Lemon Matcha Truffles // Tales of a Kitchen
With macadamia nuts and coconut, these lemon matcha truffles are a delicious treat that is loaded with plenty of healthy fats.