Melons

One of the things I love about this season of the year is the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. At the top of my list, of favorite foods to enjoy while they are plentiful, are melons. I keep watermelon and cantaloupe cut up and ready to eat in the fridge.

Melons

I was happy to discover that there’s a reason I crave these fruits…they are crucial to the healing process. Anthony shares, in Life Changing Foods, that all melons…watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, crenshaw, canary, Santa Claus, galia, charentais and casaba…are beneficial, especially when someone is struggling with health issues.

Melon flesh is so assimilable that our digestive system barely needs to process it before it enters the body. The fructose in melons leaves the stomach in less than a minute, then the rest of the fruit drops into the intestinal tract where it immediately fortifies and replenishes the body.

Melons

The highly active water in melons, full of enzymes and coenzymes, binds with poisons of all kinds, including molds, mycotoxins, viral neurotoxins, undigested protein toxins, ammonia gas, and bacterial toxins, and flushes them out of the body so that the immune system can restore itself.

The high electrolyte content in melons helps to protect the brain and the nervous system from stress related strokes, aneurysms and embolisms. Melons help to thin the blood, lowering the risks of heart attack and heart disease. They can reduce liver and kidney diseases as well.

Melons

In addition, melons are one of the most hydrating foods available, and also one of the most alkalizing. The body’s detoxification process is heightened when eating melons, driving out traces of DDT, other pesticides, herbicides, and heavy metals from deep within organs.

And because they are high in silica, melons are excellent for restoring ligaments, joints, bones, teeth, tendons and connective tissue. These fruits are also powerful glucose balancers, working to prevent insulin resistance and lower elevated A1C levels.

Melons

No wonder I am so drawn to melons! They are incredibly good for me and combat many conditions, ease many symptoms. Basically, melons are a tonic for whatever ails me!

I purchase watermelons and cantaloupes from the grocery store and the farmer’s market every week, and last year attempted to grow my own. I think I harvested a couple of cantaloupes and three watermelons, making purchasing them a better option for me!

However, I have one volunteer watermelon vine growing in the same spot as last year. It makes me think of my grandfather, Pop, who always told his grandkids, “Don’t swallow the watermelon seeds. You will grow watermelons in your belly.” I believed him for years, and spit seeds into his flowerbed every summer, creating lots of volunteer watermelon plants. I’ll take good care of this lone melon plant.

Chunks of cold watermelon are one of my favorite summertime snacks. When I add cantaloupe, papaya, strawberries and blueberries I have a gorgeous and satisfying meal that immediately refreshes and restores my body.

I am grateful for the healing benefits of melons.

Melons

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Watermelon with Mint and Lime

Nothing signals the arrival of the warm summer months, for me, like the abundance of watermelons available for purchase. I love watermelon and a bowlful of the sweet succulent fruit makes a satisfying meal for me.

For Try This Tuesday, I was delighted to sample a simple recipe for a watermelon salad, created by Anthony William, and shared in his book, Life Changing Foods.

Watermelon with Mint and Lime

Here’s the easy, three ingredient recipe:

Watermelon with Mint and Lime

8 cups of diced watermelon

Lime juice from 2 limes

1/4 cup finely chopped fresh mint leaves

Place watermelon in a serving bowl. Squeeze lime juice generously over the top. Sprinkle with finely chopped mint leaves and serve. Makes 2 servings.

Watermelon with Mint and Lime

This time of year I keep watermelon cut up and chilling in the fridge. I have one watermelon vine growing in the backyard, another volunteer plant that makes me think my gardener grandfather, Pop, who passed away years ago, is tucking magical seeds in the ground. I harvested several melons from last year’s surprise vine, so I’m hopeful! I can always purchase watermelons from the farmer’s market or grocery store as well.

I grow mint in my herb garden and enjoyed snipping a few sprigs for this salad. And I’ve learned the value of keeping lemons and limes on hand. I make pitchers of lemon/lime water to sip on during the day, and use the juice from both frequently as I cook. Having everything readily available, this salad came together in a snap.

It was delicious too! I loved the unique combination of sweet melon with the tang of lime juice and the pop of freshly picked mint, leaves warm from the sunshine.

Watermelon with lime and mint will become a favorite meal this summer! For more information on the powerful healing benefits of melons, watch for Friday’s post.

Watermelon with Mint and Lime

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