Watermelons are mostly water — about 92 percent — but this refreshing fruit is soaked with nutrients. Each juicy bite has significant levels of vitamins A, B6 and C, lots of lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids. There’s even a modest amount of potassium.
Basil leaves contain health benefiting essential oils such as eugenol, citronellol, linalool, citral, limonene, and terpineol.
Eugenol is an important essential oil in basil that has been found to have anti-inflammatory function by acting against the enzyme cycloxygenase(COX).
Watermelons have become synonymous with summer and picnics, and for good reason. Their refreshing quality and sweet taste help to combat the heat and also provide a guilt-free, low maintenance dessert for kids and adults alike to enjoy.
Tender coconut water contains more nutrients than mature coconut water. It’s packed with antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes, B-complex vitamins, vitamin C and minerals like iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese and zinc.
Watermelon With Basil Smoothie
Serves: 2-3 servings
- 5 cups cubed watermelon (chilled)
- 4 large fresh basil leaves
- ½ cup fresh coconut water (chilled)
Combine all ingredients in a blender.Blend until smooth.
- Fruits smoothies can be an easy way to nourish your body with essential nutrients. The best way to know the exact ingredients in your smoothie is to make them yourself.
- In any case, when we think about the freshly made, natural-ingredients-only type of smoothie, perhaps the single greatest benefit from a medical standpoint is that they contain all of the “perks” of raw fruits and vegetables. Most notably, on a molecular level, these benefits are the antioxidants, live enzymes, fiber, natural sugars, and vitamins and minerals.