Foodie Friday: Caribbean Watermelon Salsa

Summer just wouldn’t be summer without some juicy, thirst-quenching watermelon. But did you know that this tasty treat is also bursting with nutrition and health benefits.

Watermelon is an excellent source of vitamins A, B6 and C, a known immune-booster, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

What’s more, watermelon is packed with lycopene, an antioxidant that may help reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases, according to the American Cancer Society. Watermelon contains even more lycopene than tomatoes.

According to a study conducted by the USDA Agricultural Research Service, watermelon has heart-healthy benefits, too, thanks to citrulline and arginine. These amino acids can help relax blood vessels, maintain cardiovascular function and strengthen the immune system.

Watermelon is also a good source of potassium and contains no cholesterol, sodium or fat. Considering how good it is for you, what could be better on a hot summer’s day than a refreshing slice of watermelon?

Here is a recipe for a delicious and fresh Caribbean watermelon salsa:
  • 2 c. watermelon, chopped and seeded
  • 1 c. chopped, fresh pineapple
  • 1 c. chopped onion
  • ¼ c. chopped fresh cilantro
  • ¼ c. orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp. jerk seasoning

Directions: In large bowl, combine all ingredients; mix well. Refrigerate, covered, at least one hour to blend flavors. Stir before serving. Serves 8.

Nutritional information per serving:
35 calories, 1 g protein, 0 g total fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 8 g total carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 105 mg sodium.

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