The first time I used watermelon in one of my juice cleanses, I had to get over a mental hurdle. I was so stuck on making every single one of my juices green. Don’t get me wrong because, generally speaking, I still feel that way.
What I didn’t know back then, before I started including it, was just how beneficial watermelon juice could be during a juice cleanse. I now include watermelon juice in a lot of my juice cleanses, and I thought I’d share why that is.
Did You Know That Watermelon Is A Vegetable and A Fruit?
This doesn’t really have anything to do with why I use it in my juice cleanses, but I thought it was an interesting little tidbit of information that I might as well include here. Kind of like a fun fact.
Why It’s Considered A Fruit
Apparently, botanically speaking, watermelon is a fruit just like pumpkin, tomato, or peppers. It’s considered a melon and is in the same family of “fruits” as cucumber, sweet melons, pumpkin, and some squash (1).
Why It’s Considered A Vegetable
If you ask a gardener, you might get a different opinion. Watermelon is typically grown along with other vegetables; it’s planted in the spring and harvested in late summer (2). It’s also harvested and cleared from the field like other vegetables.
Watermelon Juice Is Budget Friendly!
Let’s be honest here. This is probably one of the first things that most people consider when they think about doing a juice cleanse. The cost. I imagine you’re no different.
There are other ways to cut down on the cost of juicing and juice cleansing. Still, sometimes you need to cut every corner possible. I’ve been there myself more than once, and I can tell you that, over time, watermelon has become one of my personal favorite ways to do so.
How Is Watermelon Going To Save Money During A Juice Cleanse?
You’re Going To Go Big
When I talk about adding watermelon juice to your juice cleanse, I’m not talking about carving a few cups out of a watermelon and then calling it a day. I’m talking about going down to your local grocery store, buying the biggest and juiciest watermelon you can find, and then taking it home with you and juicing the entire thing.
It’s hard to say exactly how much watermelon juice you will get, because watermelons all vary in size. I usually end up with 1/2 of a gallon to a bit over a gallon of juice. One time I got close to an entire gallon and 1/2 of juice out of one single watermelon.
If you juice your watermelon when they’re in season, during the summer, you’ll usually find that they are cheaper. I’ve spent as little as $5 for an entire gallon of watermelon juice, but I imagine it could be had for cheaper.
Wash The Outside (The Rind) Of Your Watermelon First
Before you get to juicing your watermelon, be sure to give the outside of it a good washing. This article here will give you some good tips for how to wash your watermelon and other vegetables and fruit before juicing them.
I’ll say this, the most affordable way to get it done is to take some white vinegar, mix it with some water, and then either soak your watermelon in this (which might be hard because watermelons do tend to be big) or dip a wash cloth in your solution and wipe your watermelon off. Be thorough about it and then be sure to rinse it off with water afterwards. Use about 3 parts water for every 1 part vinegar.
Some people peel most of their produce. We don’t. But that’s because we know there’s a lot of nutrition in there. We wash our vegetables and fruit the best we can and then get on with juicing them; however, you should know there are things to consider when doing this.
The Rind and Seeds Contain Nutrition
The rind of a watermelon isn’t just a crispy, slightly bland but sometimes semi-sweet shell that covers the juicy fruit inside. 🙂 It contains a spread of vitamins and minerals and also contains L-citrulline (3).
Opinions vary, but studies have shown that the rind of a watermelon contains, at minimum, as much L-citrulline as the fruit itself. This study here demonstrated that the rind contained more L-citrulline than the flesh on a dry weight basis but a little less of it when measuring it by its fresh weight.
You Might Be Wondering What L-Citrulline Is?
L-citrulline is a non-essential amino acid. Our kidneys change L-citrulline into another amino acid called L-arginine and also into nitric oxide. L-citrulline is known to lower blood pressure in people with prehypertension, help your arteries relax and work better, improve blood flow, and may ease symptoms of mild to moderate erectile dysfunction (4).
What About The Seeds?
If you’ve ever eaten watermelon before, you probably remember spitting out the seeds? There’s a good reason not to, and while I’m not really sure how much of the nutrition inside of the seeds will end up in your juice, when you juice them, I figure why not include them and get everything out of your watermelon as possible?
Oh, Right. The Watermelon Fruit Itself Also Contains Nutrients
The delicious, juicy fruit of the watermelon contains a spread of nutrients and these include L-citrulline, lycopene, antioxidants, flavonoids, vitamins, and minerals. Some of the specific health benefits of watermelon juice include anti-inflammatory properties, help with erectile dysfunction, improved blood flow throughout the body, anti-cancer properties, reduced blood pressure, and more (6)!
Watermelon Juice Is Low In Calories
According to Fitday.com, one cup of watermelon juice contains roughly 76 calories (7). If you multiply that by 4, you get 304 calories per quart of watermelon juice. If you multiply that by 4 again, you’ll get 1216 calories per gallon. That’s not bad considering how much juice that is. But, there’s something else to consider.
If you’re juicing the rind along with the fruit, your juice is going to contain a whole lot less calories than that. This is because the rind does not contain nearly the same amount of calories as the fruit itself does. The calorie count above only takes the fruit itself into consideration. The rind is also lower in sugar.
Hmmm… Lower in sugar yet nutrient dense. Sounds kind of like green juice, doesn’t it? A good reason to consider juicing your watermelon; rind and all.
Watermelon Juice Is Easy On The Stomach
I’m not positive if this is true for everyone, but for most of the people I know and for myself this is true. I’ve done long, extended juice cleanses and, honestly, there are just some days where the green juice isn’t vibing with my stomach. For myself, this doesn’t happen very often, but I know I’m kind of an exception to the rule; I took to green juice fairly easy and haven’t really turned back. Some people have a really hard time with green juice in the beginning and watermelon juice can help out.
When I’m having one of those days, the first thing I do is get myself to the grocery store and buy a watermelon or two; ok sometimes three. I then go home and make up a good gallon or two of watermelon juice, store it in my mason jars, put it in the fridge, and then drink on that for the next day or so. If I need more, I make more. I tend to drink 1 to 2 gallons of juice a day during my juice cleanses, so I like to have plenty on-hand!
To sum this article up, here’s the takeaway.
- Watermelon juice is budget friendly
- Watermelon juice is nutrient dense
- Watermelon juice is low in calories
- Watermelon juice is lower in sugar (if you juice the rind along with the fruit)
- Watermelon juice is easy on the stomach
If for some reason all of the information I included in this article hasn’t convinced you, then just give it a shot for yourself the next time you do a juice cleanse.
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