Heart healthy watermelon is the perfect dance snack.

Watermelon has been around almost as long as dancing with evidence of the fruit being eaten in Ancient Egypt 4000 years ago. Click here if you want more watermelon history. Also due to the lycopene (the stuff that makes it red, which it has 40% more of than tomatoes ) It is good for the heart, helping blood move around the body, potentially lowering blood pressure and reducing the risk of heart attacks. For more on the health benefits of watermelon click here.

Not only this but watermelon is full of good stuff including:

  • itamins C + A
  • Vitamins B1 + B5 + B6
  • Magnesium
  • Potassium
  • Cucurbitacin E
  • Beta Carotene

The magic is not over yet though. On top of this watermelon lowers stress and inflammation, helps with muscle soreness, has anti cancer effects, improves skin, hair and eyes. Finally it keeps you hydrated, is low calorie, sodium free, fat free, low in cholesterol, and tastes great!

So when combined with dance, one of the best heart health exercises out there and most definitely one of the funnest, you are looking at increasing the benefits of each.

Therefore after visiting your local dance class feeling exhausted but satisfied, make yourself a Watermelon Salad like this Watermelon Mint Salad from A Virtual Vegan. If out dancing the night away treat yourself to this Watermelon Gin Spritzer from BBC Good Food. Or just eat it fresh and dance in your room.