May 4th, 2015 by The Watermelon Guy

You know, it’s good to see watermelon-flavored drinks finally making an appearance in grocery stores. Nothing against, oranges, apples and grapes — their juice is great, too — but watermelon juice is long overdue for its time in the beverage spotlight.0

It’s catching on with some big names, too. According to Details magazine, A-listers like Leonardo DiCaprio and Beyoncé are big fans of watermelon-infused drinks.

I’ve been known to make my own watermelon beverages from time to time, but if I can buy a pre-made drink — one made with REAL watermelon juice — I definitely will. One of the newest juices is called WTRMLN WTR, which mixes cold-pressed watermelon flesh, rind, and lemon juice to create a drink that’s made for summer, but tastes good all year round.

Like any watermelon juice (or watermelon snack), it’s loaded with natural nutrients like citrulline — an amino acid that’s great for muscle recovery — and lycopene. Both of those perks make watermelon (juice or snack) a good post-workout habit.

Of course, my workouts these days involve mowing the lawn and chasing a four-year-old around the living room, so I eat watermelon every chance I get. I’ve purchased an 8-pack of WTRMLN WTR for myself and will give another 8-pack away as this month’s prize to one commenter chosen at random ALL the comments left on the blog this month. Cheers!

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November 24th, 2014 by The Watermelon Guy

In July, I wrote about Tsamma juice, a watermelon-based drink that aimed to finally put watermelon juice on the fruit juice map. Today, I’m excited to announce yet another refreshing option called AquaMelon Water.


The drink was created by Desmond Williams, a business administration graduate student at the University of South Florida’s Center for Entrepreneurship. Williams is a runner, who puts wedges of watermelon in his freezer for a post-run snack. That simple idea was the inspiration behind AquaMelon Water.

But Williams also discovered a University of Florida study that gives the drink some very real health benefits. Results from the 2010 study showed the ability of watermelon juice to decrease blood pressure in some people, thanks to the amino acid, citrulline, found in watermelon juice.

With a great idea in place, Williams entered AquaMelon Water in start-up business competitions, with the goal of winning enough money to take the product to production. And, wouldn’t you know it, his idea was a winner! AquaMelon Water won the USF Fintech Business Plan Competition (and a $20,000 prize) and was runner-up at the Florida Venture Forum.

So what’s the future hold for AquaMelon Water? Time will tell, but I really hope to see it on shelves at my local grocery store soon!

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March 21st, 2014 by The Watermelon Guy

picI can’t tell you how much I’ve been looking forward to the start of spring. Here we are, about 24 hours into the new season, and I’ve already put winter FAR behind me.

I can appreciate the beauty of a fresh snowfall, but I’m just not a winter person. Plain and simple. I don’t like cold weather and, to add to that disdain, I don’t like wearing jackets (they always seem to be a burden when I reach my destination).

To celebrate the arrival of warm weather (and summer 90 days later!), I whipped up a watermelon and feta salad yesterday and inventoried my stockpile of spring and summer T-shirts.

I should also take a moment to remind everyone that tomorrow is World Water Day. The day is held each year on March 22 to raise awareness about the importance of freshwater globally and to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. This year’s World Water Day focuses on the connection between water and energy.

Watermelon, of course, is 92 percent water. Although the energy at the heart of this year’s World Water Day is on a much larger level, watermelon, like almost any food, can give you energy on a personal level. Because it’s so high in water content, watermelon is one of the few foods that allows you to “eat your water.”

With that in mind, feel free to celebrate the arrival of spring AND World Water Day with a wedge of watermelon. Or, if you’re feeling particularly celebratory, maybe even some Watermelon Pad Thai.

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