Watermelon Smoothie
Watermelon  is something of a bedroom fruit. Not only is it charming to the taste  buds but it nourishes the body with fiber, vitamin A, the B’s and C,  along with several other nutrients including lycopene and citrulline.  What is citrulline you ask? Citrulline is an amino acid whose name comes from the Latin word for watermelon, citrullus.  That is not the exciting part though. Watermelon is the richest known  source for this amazing antioxidant which is used as a natural  alternative to Viagra [1]. Watermelon is also rich in the antioxidant  lycopene which gives watermelon it’s energetic color [2]. This  carotenoids plays a role in the prevention of several diseases including  prostate cancer [3], coronary heart disease and aids in the health of  our eyes [4].

As  an added bonus to this smoothie I like to add maca root. Maca root is a  highly nutritious food containing protein and several minerals such as  iron, zinc, calcium and potassium [5]. This Peruvian staple has been  used for centuries to improve libido and fertility [6]. Combined with watermelon, or swap out the maca root and nutritional yeast for a little vodka and you have a recipe for making whoopie. 
Ingredients:
2 cups Watermelon, cubed & frozen 1 Tbsp Raw Agave Syrup 5 Mint leaves 1 tsp Ginger, minced 1/4 cup Yogurt
Optional: 1/2 Tbsp Maca Powder 1/2 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
Instructions:


I buy a fresh watermelon, chop it up, then place in the freezer for later use. This  way you do not need to add ice, and your smoothie does not become too watery.

When ready for a smoothie, place all the ingredients in a blender. 

Blend till smooth. Serve right away or place in freezer till ready to serve.

References:
1. Rimando, A. M., & Perkins-Veazie, P. M. (2005). Determination of citrulline in watermelon rind. Journal of Chromatography , 1078, 196-200.
2. Oms-Oliu, G., Odriozola-Serrano, I.,  Soliva-Fortuny, R. S., & Martin-Belloso, O. (2009). Effects of  high-intensity pulsed electric field processing conditions on lycopene,  vitamin C and antioxidant capacity of watermelon juice. Food Chemistry , 115, 1312-1319.
3. Jayaprakasha, G. K., Chidambara, K.  N., & Patil, B. S. (2011). Rapid HPLC-UV method for quantification  of L-citrulline in watermelon and its potential role on smooth muscle  relaxation markers. Food Chemistry , 127, 240-248.
4. Fraser, P. D., & Bramley, P. M. (2004). The biosynthesis and nutritional uses of carotenoids. Progress in lipid research , 43, 228-265.
5. Rondan-Sanabria, G. G., &  Finardi-Filho, F. (2009). Physical-chemical and functional properties of  maca root starch (Lepidium meyenii Walpers). Food Chemistry , 114 (2), 492-498.
6. Lentz, A., Gravitt, K., Carson, C.  C., & Marson, L. (2007). ACute and chronic dosing of Lepidium  meyenii (Maca) on male rat sexual behavior. THe Journal of Sexual Medicine , 4, 332-340.

    Watermelon Smoothie

    Watermelon is something of a bedroom fruit. Not only is it charming to the taste buds but it nourishes the body with fiber, vitamin A, the B’s and C, along with several other nutrients including lycopene and citrulline.  What is citrulline you ask? Citrulline is an amino acid whose name comes from the Latin word for watermelon, citrullus. That is not the exciting part though. Watermelon is the richest known source for this amazing antioxidant which is used as a natural alternative to Viagra [1]. Watermelon is also rich in the antioxidant lycopene which gives watermelon it’s energetic color [2]. This carotenoids plays a role in the prevention of several diseases including prostate cancer [3], coronary heart disease and aids in the health of our eyes [4].


    As an added bonus to this smoothie I like to add maca root. Maca root is a highly nutritious food containing protein and several minerals such as iron, zinc, calcium and potassium [5]. This Peruvian staple has been used for centuries to improve libido and fertility [6]. Combined with watermelon, or swap out the maca root and nutritional yeast for a little vodka and you have a recipe for making whoopie.

    Ingredients:

    2 cups Watermelon, cubed & frozen
    1 Tbsp Raw Agave Syrup
    5 Mint leaves
    1 tsp Ginger, minced
    1/4 cup Yogurt

    Optional:
    1/2 Tbsp Maca Powder
    1/2 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast

    Instructions:


    I buy a fresh watermelon, chop it up, then place in the freezer for later use. This way you do not need to add ice, and your smoothie does not become too watery.

    When ready for a smoothie, place all the ingredients in a blender. 

    Blend till smooth. Serve right away or place in freezer till ready to serve.


    References:

    1. Rimando, A. M., & Perkins-Veazie, P. M. (2005). Determination of citrulline in watermelon rind. Journal of Chromatography , 1078, 196-200.

    2. Oms-Oliu, G., Odriozola-Serrano, I., Soliva-Fortuny, R. S., & Martin-Belloso, O. (2009). Effects of high-intensity pulsed electric field processing conditions on lycopene, vitamin C and antioxidant capacity of watermelon juice. Food Chemistry , 115, 1312-1319.

    3. Jayaprakasha, G. K., Chidambara, K. N., & Patil, B. S. (2011). Rapid HPLC-UV method for quantification of L-citrulline in watermelon and its potential role on smooth muscle relaxation markers. Food Chemistry , 127, 240-248.

    4. Fraser, P. D., & Bramley, P. M. (2004). The biosynthesis and nutritional uses of carotenoids. Progress in lipid research , 43, 228-265.

    5. Rondan-Sanabria, G. G., & Finardi-Filho, F. (2009). Physical-chemical and functional properties of maca root starch (Lepidium meyenii Walpers). Food Chemistry , 114 (2), 492-498.

    6. Lentz, A., Gravitt, K., Carson, C. C., & Marson, L. (2007). ACute and chronic dosing of Lepidium meyenii (Maca) on male rat sexual behavior. THe Journal of Sexual Medicine , 4, 332-340.

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