Ayurvedic Summer Watermelon


When I think of summer I think of the beach, pool parties, warm nights watching the stars, and my favorite of all; eating watermelon in the hot summer sun. Watermelon is one of my favorite fruits; it’s juicy, crispy, and super sweet!

Watermelons are about 92% water and packed with lycopene, potassium, vitamins A, B6, C, antioxidants, and amino acids. The downfall is one, regular sized, wedge of watermelon contains about 18grams of sugar. If you plan on consuming any kind of sugar, natural is the way to go. Although something to be aware of is that even natural sugars will raise your blood sugar levels. That is why it’s very important to watch how much fruit, with concentrated amounts of sugar, you consume.

I don’t often eat sugary fruits anymore because I find that they don’t serve my body well. That being said I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to pass up the chance to eat a fresh watermelon on a hot summer day. I’ve come up with a recipe to satisfy my ‘watermelon sweet tooth’ without feeling my blood sugar levels spike. One important ingredient I use in this recipe is cinnamon. Cinnamon is a staple in ayurvedic medicine and has many purposes and benefits. Cinnamon has a great effect on stabilizing and lowering blood sugar levels, which is why it compliments watermelon so well. I hope this Ayurvedic spin on a summer classic will serve you well this summer!

Serves 3-4

Ingredients:

1-medium size watermelon

1-inch piece fresh ginger

1-lime (juiced)

1-tablespoon ground cinnamon

 

Directions:

Cut watermelon and scoop out the pink insides, place aside. Mince 1-inch piece of ginger. Juice 1 lime into a cup. Combine watermelon, ginger, juice of 1 lime, and ground cinnamon in a blender. Blend for 1 minute on high. Pour into individual cups and sprinkle with cinnamon. Enjoy!

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