Fun Lunch Ideas for Summer

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Just as the weather gets hotter and dryer, and hydration becomes an even greater concern, the wonderful watermelon makes its triumphant return! This fruit is not simply the sweet, pink and tasty treat that kids love, but also a vitamin packed, nutrient dense delicacy that parents can feel good about packing for a perfect summer snack.

Did you know?? – The Health Benefits of Watermelon:

Rich in electrolytes and water content, melons are nature’s gift to beat a typical summer thirst.

Watermelons are very low in calories (just 30 calories per 100 g) and fats yet very rich source of numerous health promoting phyto-nutrients and anti-oxidants that are essential for optimum health.

Watermelon is an excellent source of Vitamin-A, which is a powerful natural anti-oxidant. 100 g fresh fruit provides 569 mg or 19% of daily-required levels of this vitamin. It is essential for vision and immunity.

Watermelon is an excellent source of carotenoid pigment, lycopene and indeed, superior to raw red tomato. 100 g of fresh melon provides 4532 µg lycopene, whereas only 2573 µg in tomatoes. Studies suggest that lycopene offer certain protection to skin from harmful UV rays.

Watermelon fruit is a good source of potassium; Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.

Furthermore, it contains a good amount of vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine), thiamin (vitamin B-1), vitamin-C, and manganese. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin-C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful oxygen-free radicals.

No summer can be complete without corn, so let’s talk about the season’s sweetest stalk. Though it is considered a world-wide food staple all year round, corn is perhaps at its best during these summer months. The kernels are larger, tastier and packed with an assortment of powerful vitamins and minerals. Plus it is just so fun to eat! So rest assured, along with the smile we get from nibbling it off the cob, comes an abundant of health benefits we receive form this truly a-maize-ing grain.

Did you know?? – The Health Benefits of Corn

Corn features high-quality phyto-nutrition profile comprising of dietary fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants in addition to moderate proportions of minerals. It is one of the finest source dietary fibers; 100 g kernels provide 2 g or 5% of daily-requirement of dietary-fiber.

Yellow variety corn has significant levels of phenolic flavonoid pigment antioxidants such as ß-carotenes, and lutein, xanthins and cryptoxanthin pigments along with vitamin A. 100 g fresh kernels provide 187 IU or 6% of daily-requirement of vitamin-A.

It also contains good levels of some of the valuable B-complex group of vitamins such as thiamin, niacin, pantothenic acid, folates, riboflavin, and pyridoxine. Many of these vitamins function as co-factors to enzymes during substrate metabolism.

Sweet corn is gluten-free cereal and may be used safely much like rice, quinoa, etc., in celiac disease individuals.

Further, it contains healthy amounts of some important minerals like zinc, magnesium, copper, iron, and manganese.

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by aelorae

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