Watermelon gazpacho soup is another summer cold soup. This spicy savory cold soup with refreshing cucumber, red peppers, and mint makes perfect summer recipe.
Watermelon is a summer special fruit. This is super hydrating fruit in fact. This keeps you hydrated in the summer heat and helps to beat the heat of summers.
Apart from the hydrating benefits, it has numerous other benefits.
Health Benefits of Watermelon
We all know that this delicious watermelon is one of the juicy fruit that has 92% of it filled with water content. This is why it's recommended for summers which will keep our body hydrated and works to balance the water loss due to excess heat and humid weather.
Even apart from this, this fruit is filled with numerous other health benefits as well. It's high in vitamin C (21% of RDI), vitamin A (18%of RDI), potassium (5% of RDI), magnesium (4% of RDI), vitamin B1, B5, B6, and many other nutrients. Also, it has high carotenoid (beta-carotene & lycopene), & citrulline (an amino acid). [Source].
Few of the health benefits of watermelon are as:
- keeps the body hydrated
- acts as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory
- helps to prevent cell damage from free radicals
- lycopene works as an anti-cancer agent
- lowers cholesterol & blood pressure
- keeps heart healthy
- protects against oxidative damage & inflammation
- help keep eyes healthy
- reduces muscle soreness
- vitamin A & C are excellent for skin and hair
- improves digestion
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Things to know about watermelon -
What is the best time to eat watermelon?
The best time to consume watermelon is morning. It helps to detox the body as well. However, it is not advised to have watermelon after evening or during dinner. The high water content fruit will not get digested if consumed late. This may result in bloating and water retention by the body and will affect adversely.
What are side effects of eating excess of watermelon?
Too much of anything is bad. Same with watermelon too. Eating too much of watermelon may cause excess water retention in the body if the water is not excreted properly.
It may damage the kidney as well in such cases. So eat in moderate quantity to balance and maximize the benefits of the intake of vitamins and minerals.
You can consume it every day in the summers but in a reasonable quantity and before 5 pm. The best time is the morning and noon to take watermelon.
Is watermelon bad for diabetes?
Watermelon is naturally sweet in taste. It contains a large amount of fructose. At the same time, it has a high glycemic index of 72 out of 100. Foods with high glycemic index
Can we eat watermelon in empty stomach?
Yes, watermelon is good in the morning empty stomach. This is low in calories and has high electrolytes. It's light on the stomach and helps in hydrating.
Watermelon Gazpacho - Refreshing Summer Soup
Gazpacho is a Spanish cold soup made with tomatoes and cucumbers. But this is a twist to the authentic gazpacho soup. I have another melon based gazpacho soup recipe, i.e. cantaloupe gazpacho soup on blog.
Watermelon gazpacho is a savory and medium spicy soup recipe. This cold soup is perfect for your summer cravings. I have added Thai red chillies. You can also replace this with jalapeno or other chillies of your choice. quantity of chillies you can adjust as per the spice level you want in your soup.
Cucumbers are also high in water content and hydrating vegetable. We normally eat this superfood in raw form as salad. This also soothes our body and keeps our body cool. This is also a low carb vegetable and it also helps in weight loss.
How to Make Watermelon Gazpacho?
There is no such recipe for this soup. It's one of the simplest soup you need in hot summers.
Prep vegetables & watermelon - Remove the rind of watermelon and deseed if it has seeds. Chop cucumber, red bell peppers.
Blend it to puree - Now take all other ingredients and blend it to smooth puree. season with salt and pepper as per the taste.
Recipe Card for Watermelon Gazpacho:
Watermelon Gazpacho Soup
- Cut watermelon into pieces.
- Deseed if it has seeds.
- Now put all ingredients in a blender.
- Blend it to smooth puree.
- Garnish with few fresh mint leaves.
- Keep in refrigerator for 2 - 4 hours.
- Serve it chilled.
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