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Watermelon: Fruit or Vegetable?

Today, my friends, is National Watermelon Day! And in celebration, here follows, from the Our Lady of Weight Loss Kitchens, some shocking (yes SHOCKING!) news about the watermelon, followed by some of my favorite Righteous Recipes!
What is watermelon?
Shocking Food News from the Our Lady of Weight Loss Kitchens – The watermelon is neither a fruit nor a melon.
Watermelon’s official name is Citrullus lanatu, and it is a member of the botanical family Curcurbitacae; and it is a vegetable. (Go know! I never would have guessed.) It is related to the cucumbers, pumpkins and squash families. Watermelons are native to the Kalahari desert of southern Africa and were introduced to America by Africans transported as slaves.
Fresh watermelons may be eaten just as they are, used to flavor summer drinks, or in a variety of recipes.
The watermelon’s exterior rind is smooth and its interior fruit is red, deliciously sweet and very juicy, and its colors and pattern are worth noting for any art project! Very inspirational.
What is a hard watermelon?
A hard watermelon is a watermelon that has had a hole pierced into it and hard liquor poured through that hole. The alcohol mixes with the juicy red fruit. You can then cut yourself a slice as you normally would. For adults only, of course, and in moderation!
Is Watermelon a healthy choice? You bet cha!
Congrats to the Watermelon for receiving the “heart healthy” seal of approval from the American Heart Association and for being the leader in lycopene among fruits and vegetables. Lycopene is known to reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
Watermelon is also loaded with Vitamins A, B6 and C, is low in sodium, fat-free, low in calories and is 92% water! A 2-cup serving of watermelon is only 80 calories. That’s twice as much bang for your buck as most fruit!
What are the benefits of Vitamins A, B6 and C?
The vitamin A found in watermelon can help to prevent night blindness and it gives a boost to the infection-fighting white blood cells called lymphocytes.
The vitamin B6 that used by the body to produce neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, melatonin and dopamine, which we all know by know make us feel good, help to alleviate anxiety and panic.
And the Vitamin C can boost the immune system’s resistance against infections and viruses. Once again, those free radicals chances of aging us or creating cataracts are diminished.
Tasty Tidbit ~ How to Pick A Watermelon:

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  • Your watermelon should be firm, symmetrical and free of bruises, cuts and dents.
  • Pick it up and make sure it’s heavy. Yeah baby, since watermelon is 92% water, it should be heavy for its size.
  • Take a look at its underside. A creamy yellow spot marks where it sat on the ground naturally ripened in the sun!
  • Righteous Recipes:
    Watermelon Gazpacho
    Ingredients: 8 cups cubed seeded watermelon * ½ cup finely chopped onion * ½ cup finely chopped green pepper * 2 teaspoons fresh (if at all possible) basil * ½ teaspoon salt * 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper * 1/2 teaspoon chili powder * 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
    Instructions:
    In blender, puree watermelon with 1/4 cup of onion and pepper; pour into large mixing bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients (the other 1/3 cup of onion and pepper. Refrigerate, covered, at least 1 hour to blend flavors.
    Makes 4-6 servings.
    Watermelon Compote a la Our Lady & The Angel
    Ingredients:
    3 cups Watermelon cubes, balls or chunks (whatever bite size you like best) * 2 cups cubed Pineapple (fresh, of course!) * 3/4 cup green grapes, seeded * 3/4 cup red grapes, seeded * 1/4 cup Creme de cassis (black currant liqueur)
    Instructions: Combine fruit in a bowl. * Gently add and toss liqueur. * Cover, chill.
    Still hungry? Fill up on healthy!
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    Spread the word, not the icing!
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    Jigsaw Heaven: Creative Weight Loss

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    Janice Taylor, Weight Loss Artist, presents today’s jigsaw puzzle, “WaterMelon Girl,” in anticipation of National Watermelon Day (Monday, August 3).
    Enjoy!
    More Weight Loss Jigsaw Art to keep your hands and mind busy:
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    Love Your Inner Chubby Child
    Michael Jackson: Piece of the Puzzle
    Spread the word, not the icing!
    Janice

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    Weight Loss Fun: Bizarre August Holidays

    Our Lady of Weight Loss religiously cracks open and meticulously combs through her Bizarre August Holiday calendar, as she zeros in on her top 5 holiday picks. She then joyously begins planning her themed parties, proving once again that Weight Loss can be FUN!!!

    A little bit kooky? Well, better to be kooky than to sit around and eat cookies! August 2009’s combo platter of Weight Loss Fun includes food, fun, dance, deep thinking with a special side order of Angel!

    Drum roll please, as Our Lady of Weight Loss announces her …..

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    5 Top Bizarre August Holidays

    August 3 is . . . . . National Watermelon Day

    August 6 is . . . . . Wiggle Your Toes Day

    August 9 is . . . . . National Polka Festival

    August 15 is . . . . National Failures Day

    August 22 is . . . . Be An Angel Day

    What Bizarre August Holiday days will you celebrate? And how will you celebrate them?

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    Thunder Pants, Under Pants: A Weighty Weigh-In

    Our Lady of Weight Loss: The G-Spot
    Kick in the Tush Club member in good standing, “Thunder Pants,” confesses her ‘weighty sins’ to Our Lady of Weight Loss and receives forgiveness. What’s your dietary sin?
    Dear Our Lady of Weight Loss ~
    Forgive me for I have sinned.
    I fear that I have sunken down to a new all-time weigh-in low. I was going to my group meeting – wherein we weigh-in – and to ensure the lowest possible number, I painstakingly assembled the appropriate weigh-in outfit.
    I rolled up all my shorts, tops, bras and under pants, and one by one as weighed them on my food scale.
    Just so you know, thong under pants weigh an entire ounce less than thunder pants.
    Signed ~ Thunder Pants to Under Pants
    All Is Forgiven, Move On ~ Our Lady of Weight Loss
    Confess, right now, here on these pages, and receive forgiveness from Our Lady of Weight Loss, enabling you to Move On!
    Here are few more LOL Weighty Confessions to get you through the weekend!
    Weighty Confession: BUT I only had one spoonful!
    Weighty Confession: Vitamin C tastes better than sweet tarts.
    Weighty Confession: Carrot Cake is a vegetable, no?
    Spread the word, not the icing!
    Janice

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    Write Janice Taylor, Health & Wellness Coach, Certified Hypnotist, Author and 50-pound big-time-loser for an introductory one-on-one coaching session.
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