watermelonJuly 24th is Drink Your Watermelon Day! This is typically the hottest day of the year, and a great reminder to drink up to stay hydrated! Even mild dehydration, such as losing 1 to 2 percent of body weight or 1 ½ pounds for a 150 pound person, results in a variety of problems, from headaches, fatigue, and weakness to lightheadedness, poor stamina, reduced short-term memory, and poor concentration and reasoning ability. By the time you are thirsty, you’re already dehydrated and suffering some of these subtle effects. How much water do you need? At least enough that your urine is pale yellow. That could be anywhere from 5 to 10 glasses of water a day or more, depending on your size, the temperature outside, how active or even how old you are. Why is watermelon here? Because it is 92% water and packed with electrolytes, like potassium. So, along with those glasses of water you guzzle throughout the day, sweeten your liquid by having a big slice of watermelon, since that counts as a glass of water. It’s a sweet way to quench your thirst!! Plus it is rich in vitamins, minerals like potassium, and fiber! Here’s one of my favorite recipes for staying hydrated and healthy!!

Watermelon Zapper

This juice can be made either with a conventional juicer or with a strong blender, such as a Vitamix. The benefit of blending is all of the phytonutrients and antioxidants are retained, while much of this is lost when the pulp is thrown away with a conventional juicer.

Ingredients:

2 cups watermelon cubes

1/3 large lemon, peeled

1 1 /2 Tablespoons peeled fresh ginger

2 medium carrots (cut into rounds for the Vitamix only)

Directions:

1. Juice all ingredients in a conventional juicer. Makes 1 3/4 cups juice.

2. In a blender, such as a Vitamix, place watermelon first then the remaining ingredients. Turn blender on low until watermelon is liquified then gradually increase speed. Blend for 2 minutes.

Makes 2 servings (2 1/4 cups juice total.)

Nutritional Analysis per serving: 88 Calories; 8 percent fat (0.78 grams); 0 grams saturated fat; 8 percent protein; 84 percent carbohydrate; 3.2 grams fiber.