Watermelon Trio - Red Hot Blood Cleanser
Watermelon contains two compounds, arginine and citrulline, that improve blood flow, while beets boost nitric oxide in the blood, a compound that helps relax blood vessels so that blood flows more freely. Combined with the soluble fiber from the apples, the metabolism-boosting effect of cayenne, and the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric that help reduce damage to blood vessel walls, this drink has it all, and your circulation and heart with thank you for it!
2 cups watermelon chunks
1 small to medium beet, washed
1 apple, seeded and cut into cubes
1 tablespoon apple juice concentrate
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (depending on taste)
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
- Place all ingredients in a blender, such as a Vitamix, with watermelon on the bottom. Turn blender on slow speed until watermelon has liquefied, then increase speed and blend for 1 minute or until liquefied
Makes 2 servings.
Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/2 of recipe): Calories: 117; Saturated Fat: 0g; Fiber: 3g.
Recipe and photograph courtesy of the National Watermelon Promotion Board.