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Sweat Week: Beat the heat with watermelon

The Discovery Channel’s got Shark Week; well, I bring you Sweat Week — a week of posts on surviving the heat waves this summer.

In April, I had the opportunity to go to Fort Myers, Florida, to learn all about watermelon from an Ontario watermelon grower, Brian Arrigo. Here are a few things I learned about watermelon while down in Florida:

  • Watermelon’s been shown to help reverse the effects of hardening arteries.
  • It’s beneficial for the cardiovascular system (due to the citrolene it contains).
  • It’s the cheapest per lb of anything you’ll find in the produce section.
  • The watermelons I was seeing in Florida being picked on Thursday would be in stores up here in Toronto as quickly as Monday (ie. four days!).
  • Once a watermelon is sliced, you should consume it within the next 10 days.

No worries about needing to consume it within 10 days for me, especially when there are delicious recipes such as this watermelon cairpirinha — yet another way I’m keeping cool in the heat.

Watermelon Cairpirinha

1 lime
5 quarter-sized   slices ginger
2   tsp (10 mL) sugar
6 chopped   mint leaves
2   oz (56.8 mL) watermelon purée
2   oz (56.8 mL) cachaça
1   oz (56.8 mL) grenadine

Muddle lime, ginger, sugar and mint and transfer to a martini shaker. Add watermelon purée, grenadine, cachaça and ice. Shake. Pour into a glass and serve.

Makes one cocktail.

TIP: Vodka or rum can be used in place of cachaça.

PER SERVING:283 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 12 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrates, 0 g fibre, 0 g protein. % RDI: 0% calcium, 2% iron, 1% vitamin A, 13% vitamin C.

SOURCE: National Watermelon Promotion Board,

5 Comments July 9, 2012

The OMG diet

I’ll admit it. The title of the new book, Six Weeks to OMG: Get Skinnier than All Your Friends, kinda made me giggle.

But the diet itself sounds pretty suspect. Key strategies:

  • Don’t eat breakfast.
  • Take cold baths.
  • Drinks lots of black coffee.

For the reasons why he says you should be a black coffee-guzzling, breakfast-skipping, cold bath-taking dieter, you can check this article from the Telegraph.

Don’t eat breakfast and exercise on an empty stomache (well, other than coffee)? Last time I did that (back in CEGEP), when I’d slept in and went to the gym in a hurry with a friend, I fainted after a few minutes on the treadmill and the big he-man trainer at the gym had to catch me. And then I was too embarrassed to ever go back to that gym.

Nope, this diet will not be something I’ll be following.


4 Comments July 4, 2012

Summer swellness

Fresh corn on the cob. I could eat this every single day.

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