Nothing says summer quite like biting into a juicy bit of sweet watermelon. Besides enjoying it at your next cookout, you should also consider adding watermelon to your pre-workout for a quicker recovery. At a mere 40 calories per cup, this fruit packs quite a nutritional boost making it the perfect snack for before and after your workout.
Why Use Watermelon for Pre Workout?
Here are a couple of reasons watermelon makes for a great pre-and post-workout snack:
- It contains amino acid citrulline, which promotes blood flow, leading to improved circulation and reduces muscle soreness.
- It has anti-inflammatory properties to help you recover faster from soreness.
- Watermelon is about 90% water so it will keep you hydrated!
In addition watermelon is a significant source of Vitamin A, B6 and C, as well as a source of lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids. Lycopene is a naturally occurring pigment that gives fruits and vegetables their red color. It has been linked to promoting:
- Heart health
- Bone health
- Prostate cancer prevention
On top of these benefits, watermelon is also fat free, and very low in sodium, making it a guilt-free treat.
Looking for other ways to indulge in your watermelon craving? Try a watermelon slush! Just blend equal parts frozen watermelon and frozen strawberries with orange juice for a thirst-quenching drink.