H is for Honeydew.
This delightful melon is a refreshing treat on a hot summer’s day, but it’s also a low-calorie (about 60 calories a cup) and healthy choice (low fat and natural fibre source) any time you need to feed a craving for sweets.
Healthy skin and collagen rely on an adequate consumption of vitamin C and honeydew supplies you with a good dose. A 1-cup serving of honeydew will provide about half of your daily vitamin C requirements. Vitamin C can also boost your immune system so you can help prevent illness and infection. It strengthens your tissues, such as your blood vessels and bones, and promotes brain function. It’s also an important antioxidant, so if you live in a city and are surrounded by pollution, or if you smoke or drink, you should be making sure that you are getting plenty of fresh fruit and veg to try to counteract the oxidising effects of your lifestyle.
Copper is also essential for healthy skin because it helps aid in skin cell regeneration. Honeydew is a good fruit source of this trace mineral. Your body’s ability to repair its muscles and tissues also relies on a sufficient intake of copper and adding honeydew to your diet may help you increase your levels of this important mineral.
Honeydew melon has significant levels of B vitamins which help your body get rid of toxins that can cause illness and disease. B vitamins may also reduce your risk of heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
Melon make a great start to your day as part of a bowl of mixed fruit for breakfast or as a dessert for those with a craving for something sweet after a meal. They can make a fabulous smoothie or iced lolly and can even be added to a salad for a different taste and texture.
However you decide to enjoy yours, why not mix it up with a little Honeydew in your diet.
Stay young, beautiful, healthy and happy.