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20 Dairy-Free Watermelon Recipes + New Healthy Reasons to Love this Fruit

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Last week I posted several recipes in honor of National Watermelon Day. But as I checked out the weekly ads from my local grocery stores, I realized that the watermelon love is far from over. Nearing their ripest point in the season, I highly recommend picking up a watermelon to nosh on wedges at picnics and backyard barbecues or to enjoy in some delicious dairy-free recipes. And in case you need some extra motivation, there are actually some new nutritious findings about this uber-sweet fruit.

What’s New in the Healthy World of Watermelon?

  • Dairy-Free Watermelon Recipes - HeartThanks to recent research studies on high-lycopene foods, watermelon has jumped to the front of the pack – battling tomatoes for champion of this super phytonutrient. Lycopene has long been prized as valuable for cardiovascular health, but scientists are now viewing it as a strong contender for bone health, too.
  • Watermelon has a high citrulline content, which is a precursor to an amino acid that halps to improve cardiovascular health. Some studies have also shown that the conversion of citrulline may help to prevent excess accumulation of fat.
  • There’s no need to cast those watermelon wedges once you’ve devoured the bright red flesh. Even the pale pink layer has shown to be a nutritional standout for phenolic antioxidants, flavonoids, lycopene, and vitamin C.
  • That said, recent studies have shown that fully ripened watermelons do pack a more nutrient-dense punch throughout than their under-ripe beginnings. The biggest jump in lycopene (and other antioxidants) seems to occur when the watermelon flesh turns from white-pink to pink, but it becomes even more concentrated with that juicy red color appears.

And did you know that watermelon is the most popular fruit on Facebook?

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About Alisa Fleming

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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3 Comments

  1. Vege USAAugust 9, 2013 at 8:48 amReply

    Our Chef makes an excellent water melon soup with heirloom tomatos and a few other Vegan treats.

  2. Shirley @ gfe & All Gluten-Free DessertsAugust 10, 2013 at 8:13 amReply

    I’m getting ready to share this awesome post on my gfe FB page this afternoon and just saw that my watermelon sherbet is included in the links at the bottom! Thanks so much, Alisa! :-) This is a terrific, fun roundup and I love that watermelon is even healthier than we previously thought! ;-)

    Shirley

    • Alisa FlemingAugust 11, 2013 at 9:05 pmReplyAuthor

      Well I have to include the BEST recipes :)

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