July was National Watermelon Month and now August 3rd is Watermelon Day! Do you think Americans like their watermelon? It’s a healthy food, so maybe we should like it even more! Did you know that in 2005 Lloyd Bright of Arkansas set the world record for his heaviest watermelon ever – it weighed almost 270 pounds!
Watermelon comes in many shapes and sizes – there are hundreds of varieties grown in the nation, and world-wide. This first recipe is perfect for the in home care provider to make for their elderly adult on a hot summer day.
8 cups cubed seedless watermelon
2 – 12 ounce cans frozen lemonade concentrate
4 cups water
- Put watermelon in a blender or food processor, cover with lid and blend on a medium speed until it becomes smooth.
- Place the lemonade concentrate and water into a large pitcher or punch bowl. Add watermelon and mix well.
- Garnish with additional watermelon if desired. Serve chilled.
Most people don’t know this, but watermelon is not a fruit at all. It is a vegetable in the same family as cucumbers and squash. This next recipe uses watermelon in a savory dish. Its juiciness and sweetness is paired perfectly with the flavors of Thailand.
Thai Watermelon Salad
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
½ cup seasoned rice vinegar
½ cup orange juice
1/8 cup toasted sesame oil
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon light soy sauce
4 ounces organic baby greens
3 cups cooked al dente and cooled brown rice
6 cups diced seedless watermelon
1 cup chopped scallions
½ cup chopped cilantro
1 serving dry roasted and salted peanuts
Cracked black pepper to taste
Whisk together the ginger, garlic, vinegar, juice, oils and soy sauce. Add all ingredients together and toss well. Serve onto plates. This recipe makes a large salad, serving 4-6 people, so if there’s just the two of you, it may need to be cut in half.
Nutritional benefits of watermelon
- Watermelons are not heavily sprayed, so even the non-organic varieties are among the fifteen cleanest of vegetables.
- They are an excellent source of vitamin C
- They are a great source of thiamine and pyridoxine (vitamins B and B1)
- They are a great source of lycopene (the red-fleshed varieties) which has been linked to lowering cancer risks.
- They are rich in minerals too, like potassium, magnesium and manganese.
For more information about elder care in Webster Groves, MO contact Senior Services Unlimited. We are an elder care agency providing affordable and respectful home care to couples, veterans, and the disabled. call (314) 646-8131