Watermelon is rich in the amino acid l-citrulline, and a study earlier this year in Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition & Metabolic Care found this may allow the fruit to help increase nitric oxide synthesis, decrease blood pressure, and improve blood flow—all of which would work together to improve exercise performance, says Tori Schmitt, RDN, LD, founder of YES! Nutrition in Ohio. “While more research needs to be done, we know that watermelon makes for a low-calorie snack full of potassium, vitamin C, and lycopene,” she adds. Try it in a smoothie: Blend watermelon with cucumber, lime, and vanilla whey protein powder, Schmitt suggests.
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