In honor of Memorial Day, I decided to make my favorite watermelon salad with mint and lime.The mint reminds me of my Grampa, who served in the army in World War II. This is a great side dish or breakfast that is perfect for hot weather. I uploaded a short video that shows how easy it is to make. To watch the video, click here.
The search for refreshing stops here. Watermelon is of course hydrating, but is also high in vitamins and minerals. The red color of watermelon provides the incredible antioxidant lycopene, which was shown to be effective in preventing skin damage from the sun in tomatoes according to a study published in the British Journal of Dermatology. Watermelon also provides vitamins like vitamins A, B6, and C and minerals like potassium, copper, and magnesium. According to USDA’s supertracker, 1/4 watermelon provides 7g of protein.
It is incredible how mint grows everywhere like crazy, but it costs $4.00 to buy a tiny organic package of it wrapped in plastic at the grocery store. I highly recommend growing it yourself and throwing it into everything. It is delicious in salads, wraps, smoothies, and the flavor is not overpowering. I love it blended with frozen bananas for a refreshing mint ice cream. This mint can also be used as a great herbal tea.
I recommend a squeeze of lemon or lime on everything. It adds vitamin C which is necessary for absorption of iron. Many female vegans ask me how I get enough iron and eating nutrient dense foods is my first answer, but I am also intentional about my squeeze of lemon or lime juice. Plants are abundant in minerals like iron, but the delicious vitamin C from lemons and limes adds great flavor to any bland meal and provides the antioxidants and vitamins necessary to help absorb all of my nutrients.