Watermelon Can Stop a Sunburn
Each day it amazes me how we can eat, drink and be merry with delicious foods that also serve a purpose. Instead of synthetic dyes and sugars, we can pull from creation to get more palatable and beautiful foods. There is a divine season for foods as well.
I’m in the southeast area of the United States where it gets pretty hot in the summers and mildly cold in the winters. Our winter crop of oranges and collards provide us needed nutrients through this season. Likewise, the peppers, coconuts, and watermelons provide a different set of nutrients to carry us through the humidity and heat. It’s pretty amazing when I take a moment to appreciate the cycle of seasons and its produce.
As our summer begins, Lycopene is a valuable component in our seasonal foods. Studies show lycopene can help prevent heart disease and a sunburn…or at least reduce the potential. With the humid heat kicking up in Florida, the increase all sorts of issues occur when not hydrated. Just ask the Theme Parks; guests get so excited to be on vacation they forget self-care and do not drink enough water with electrolytes nor eat enough nutrients. The consequence is evidenced in the increase of heat strokes by 100-fold in the summer.
Foods that are high in lycopene include; watermelon, tomato paste, and cabbage. I believe that all of these foods are in my cookbook, Real Food Recovery, along with many other nutrient dense foods.
To celebrate a new summer season, here is a fun watermelon recipe from page 70.
- Yields 4 to 6 servings
- 2 to 3 cups watermelon chunks
- cup Homemade GFCF Yogurt (page 30) or regular yogurt
- Ice cubes, as needed
- Blend the watermelon, yogurt, and ice cubes in a high-speed blender.
- Tasty for your heart and a natural sunscreen!
Also, cooked tomatoes, cabbage, and fresh watermelon are great items to incorporate into your menus anytime. Cooked tomatoes are famous for their lycopene content, but watermelon actually contains even more lycopene. There are studies shown that these ingredients absorb both UVA and UVB radiation so that our bodies are protected. Plus, the vibrant red color of this watermelon drink contains no red dye #40, which is condemned in the United Kingdom, and known to cause many noticeable issues with kids (and adults).
We hope you enjoy building health while experiencing delicious foods. This is the beautiful gift of life!
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