BY: Lively Staff

April 29, 2014

Watermelon

Watermelon is the berry fruit from a vine plant originating from southern Africa. It’s sweet fruit is often served up at barbecues and are a fresh summer snack. They are easy to incorporate into many recipes and carry such benefits as:

  • L-citrulline helps with muscle soreness
  • Lycopene for heart health
  • Improves eye health with beta-carotine
  • Rich source of Vitamin C

Watermelon is also perfect for post workouts as it is a great source of healthy carbohydrates for replenishing glycogen in the muscles. Glycogen is used as a source of energy for your muscles when exercising. It is also good for electrolytes and helps re-hydrate.

Combining watermelons with Vital Proteins Collagen is great way to increase blood flow in the body as well. The L-citrulline in the watermelon converts to L-arginine in the body, which is also abundant in the collagen.

Watermelon Recipes with Vital Proteins

Watermelon Gelatin
Two cups watermelon, pureed
Two cups fruit juice or fresh water
Two tablespoons Vital Proteins Collagen Protein
2-3 tablespoons raw honey or pure maple syrup (optional)

Directions
In a medium bowl, add 1/2 cup water along with the two tablespoons of Collagen Protein. This will bloom the gelatin.

In a sauce pot, combine the remaining 1/2 cup of water or juice and the watermelon puree. Heat on low-medium just until the point of steaming.

Pout heated mixture into the liquid gelatin mixture and stir to dissolve, adding the optional honey or syrup. Pour into a glass dish or individual ramequins and refrigerate until set, about 2-3 hours.

Watermelon Lemon Collagen Peptide Drink
1 cup watermelon, sliced
1 cup water
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides

Directions
Blend the watermelon, water and lemon juice in a blender until desired thickness. Add Collagen Peptides and pulse until fully incorporated.

This is a great drink to have after a workout for it’s awesome protein content and glycogen restoring properties.

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