Cover Your Melons & Sun Your Tan

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Jenné & Marie

Nothing beats a day at the beach with a few good friends. We all need a little sunshine, water and sand from time to time...and who doesn't love a light, refreshing watermelon salad after a swim in the ocean?

I spent my beach day with Jenné of Sweet Potato Soul AND Marie from myHaus Wellness.  Jenné brought an amazing Watermelon Salad with a Lime Basil Vinaigrette (recipe and pics below), and Marie has some great tips about suntanning. 

What makes this fruit so good for you?! 
  • Watermelon is super hydrating.  It is approximately 92% water! A real thirst quencher.
  • It's an excellent source of Vitamin C and Vitamin A, through it's concentration of  beta-carotene. Scientific studies have shown that high intakes of these two antioxidants can reduce the risk of heart disease as well as colon cancer and alleviate some of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Pink watermelons have lycopene, another powerful antioxidant that travels through the body to neutralize free radicals. Lycopene has been repeatedly studied in humans and found to be protective against a growing list of cancers.
  • The quantity of lycopene and beta-carotene increases if the watermelon is stored at room temperature before cutting open.
  • It is rich in the B vitamins, specifically Vitamin B6 and B1 which are necessary for energy production.
  • 1 cup of watermelon only contains 48 calories.
About Catchin' Rays (by Marie):

The trick to spending time in the sun is to get enough sun...but not too much. 
On one hand, you don’t want to block the rays that synthesize vitamin D (which is SO important for preventing MS, Autoimmune Disease and Cancer), but on the other, getting a sunburn is not a great idea either. 

So whats a sun-lovin' girl to do?  

My tactic is to spend enough time in the sun to build a nice base tan, but not so much that your skin has a chance to burn. Smart sun exposure is the most natural way to prevent sunburn or skin damage, and moderation is the key to getting the benefits of sun exposure without overdoing it. Twenty minutes to an hour of sun per day should be plenty to make enough vitamin D, depending on how dark your skin is.

If you haven't had a chance to ease into building a base tan, don't want to or  know you're going to be in the sun for an extended period of time make sure you check out Marie's post on safe sunscreens

by Jenné of Sweet Potato Soul

4 cups seedless watermelon, cubed
1 cup tomatoes, diced the same size as watermelon pieces
2 peaches or nectarines, sliced 1/4 inch thick

Lime Vinaigrette:
juice of 2 limes
1 tsp coconut nectar (or raw honey or agave)
dash sea salt
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 
handful basil, whole or chiffonade 
1/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds

1. Place the watermelon, peaches and tomatoes in a large mixing bowl. 
2. Make the lime vinaigrette by adding the ingredients, minus the olive oil to a blender or food processor. Blend, and slowly pour in the olive oil. 
3. Drizzle about 1/4 cup of the vinaigrette onto the salad and stir in the basil. 
4. When serving, drizzle a bit more of the dressing onto the salad, and garnish with pumpkin seeds. 
DEVOUR the subtly sweet juiciness!

Source: The World's Healthiest Foods


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