If you are purchasing a pre-cut watermelon that has already been sliced into halves or quarters, choose the flesh that is deepest in color and lacks any white streaking. If the watermelon is seeded, the seeds should also be deep in color, or white.
When purchasing a whole, uncut watermelon, there are several features you’ll want to evaluate.
1. The weight.
A fully ripened watermelon will feel heavy for its size. Heaviness in a watermelon is a good thing because the water content of a watermelon will typically increase along with ripening, and a fully ripened watermelon will be over 90% water in terms of weight, and water is one of the heaviest components in any food.
2. The look.
Look for a watermelon with a relatively smooth rind that is slightly dulled on top. The top and the bottom of a watermelon are worth determining and examining on a watermelon. The bottom or “underbelly” of a watermelon is the spot where it was resting on the ground. If that “ground spot” is white or green, the watermelon is unlikely to be fully ripe. A fully ripened watermelon will often have a ground spot that has turned creamy yellow in color. Opposite from the ground spot will be the top of the watermelon. In a fully ripened watermelon, that spot will typically not be shiny but somewhat dulled. The green color may appear in many different shades, however, from light green to deeper shades.
3. Thump it!
Perhaps most controversial about ripeness testing of a watermelon is whether or not to give it a thump. We’ve read many arguments both pro and con. However, among experts who recommend thumping, most seem to agree that a fully ripened watermelon will have a deeper, hollower “bass” sound rather than a solid and shallow “soprano” sound.
4. Taste it!
Finally, if you decide not to purchase the melon, the grocer can slice it up and sell it in sliced form. So consider requesting this if you are uncertain as to the quality.
So the next time you select a watermelon, try these 4 methods and see if it turns out sweet and juicy.
Hiroichi Kimura, a farmer from Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan, has successfully grown heart-shaped watermelons! It was no easy task shaping the originally round fruits into the symbol of love. This is amazing!
Watermelon is a key ingredient in more than 7 of our juices – the cool and refreshing Lychee Cooler is one of them. Watermelon is an excellent source for vitamin C and is a powerful anti-oxidant. It is also high in fiber and low in calorie. Come by Juice Works and have one today!
Article extracted from whfoods.org.
Visuals source: http://yourhealthybody.jillianmichaels.com/watermelon-seed-benefits-3203.html, wikihow.com, http://en.rocketnews24.com/2013/09/13/japanese-farmer-creates-the-worlds-first-heart-shaped-watermelon/
Ladies, when was the last you had a breast check up? Come and learn from some women who make time for the things that matter most to them despite their busy schedules. We are featured on Her World Fit & Fab October 13. Read on.
What an awesome September we had!
Realizing how many people in Malaysia are increasingly facing a lot of heart related diseases, JuiceWorks hoped to play a part in helping to generate more public awareness on the essentials of living a healthy life and in taking good care of your heart because Your Heart Matters!
Hence in conjunction with World Heart Day on 29th Sept, from 18 to 29 Sept, 2pm to 3pm daily, we invited our customers, Facebook fans, shoppers and passers by to drop by and challenge themselves with 3 simple exercises within a certain period. Those who were successful walked away with cool prizes sponsored by our sponsors and JuiceWorks vouchers.
Basically, these were what they had to do:
Initially, people were coming by out of curiosity upon hearing the commotion at our JuiceWorks’ stores. Eagerness to prove themselves better than the earlier participants soon took over and soon, more and more people were coming to challenge each other!
See some of the contestants in action here:
Here you go again. Saturday is here and that means lunch at Yuzu Restaurant for your must-have steamboat at table no. 10 that has the perfect people-watching spot. Then, it’s off to shopping and later, a cup of JuiceWorks Lychee Cooler will be the perfect treat after 2 hours of walking. As usual, will end up for dinner at Simple Life.
Sounds familiar? Some of us just like to be consistent and do things like clockwork. Well, nothing wrong with that. But perhaps sometimes or just once in a while, expand your horizons to try something new.
At JuiceWorks, you often see our crews going around with juice testers for everyone and anyone to try. That’s because we simply have a whole lotta great healthy juices that we don’t want you to miss out on!
So the next time when you pass by any of our JuiceWorks store, do approach our crews for any juice tester and then share with us on our Facebook Fan Page on whether you liked the flavor. Any feedback or suggestion is always welcomed!
Jinnyboy has some great insights about the behavior of Malaysian consumers in general, but we know you, our customers are not like that. >_<
So, embark on your great JuiceWorks adventure, trying every flavor we have to offer. See you soon!
You may not be able to change the risk factors associated with heart disease like family history, sex, age or ethnic background. However, you can avoid heart problems by adopting a heart-healthy lifestyle.
So, here’s 5 tips to get you started:-
Make sure you get regular, daily exercise on top of maintaining a healthy weight. Physical activity can help reduce stress that can put a strain on your heart. Try to do at least three 20-minute workouts a week. Good news is that activities such as housekeeping, taking the stairs and gardening all count towards the total.
2. Eat a heart-healthy diet
A healthy diet can help to reduce the risk of developing heart disease and increase the chance of survival after a heart attack. Try to have a balanced diet containing plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, oily fish and wholegrain. Avoid dairy products, cakes and pastries that are high in saturated fats and sugar. A must-have in your diet is JuiceWorks Hearty Licious juice, a concoction of fresh apple, beetroot, carrot and orange that will help fight bad cholesterol and reduce blood pressure.
3. Give up smoking
It’s one of the most important things you can do to protect your heart. Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen your blood carry to your heart; it raises your heart rate and blood pressure and it increases the tendency of blood to clot.
4. Regular health screening
Keep your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol in check to make sure they are in a healthy range and if not, what actions need to be taken. Don’t skip your regular check-ups. High blood pressure and high cholesterol can damage your heart and blood vessels.
5. Be Happy
Negative emotions can raise blood pressure and causes physical stress. People with depression are four times more likely to have a heart attack. Adopt a positive outlook and manage daily stressors. So, the next time you feel overwhelmed or get mad, take a walk. It will help to clear your head and lower your stress levels.
If you want to live life fully and do the things you want, then you need to keep your heart’s health in check because a healthy heart keeps all your body systems working and keep you going.
Heart disease is actually the #1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 female and 1 out of 7 of male deaths. It has also remained the #1 killer in Malaysia for 27 years! Shocking but true! Therefore, it is vital for you to learn of the risk and take steps to protect yourself.
Malaysians are well known to be foodies. 5 meals a day is an under-statement for many of us. It doesn’t matter how much you eat, it’s what you eat that matter.
One very convenient, delicious and easily available great drink for your heart is JuiceWork’s Hearty Licious juice. A concoction of fresh apple, beetroot, carrot and orange, it gives you an amazing wealth of benefits that will help fight bad cholesterol, reduce blood pressure and protect cells by neutralizing free radicals.
In conjunction with our World Heart Day awareness campaign, buy one Hearty Licious juice and get another drinks of your choice FREE! The special promotion is until 30th September 13 only, so hurry!
Be kind to your heart. After all, a merry heart does good like medicine.
What changes do you wish to see in Malaysia? And what do you hope it can retain as it progresses forward? Share with us your thoughts and love for Malaysia!
Visit abettermalaysia.org to hear about the hopes of our fellow Malaysians. You can even contribute your own personal Malaysian story too. Let’s continue to appreciate Malaysia for what she is, and to continue striving for her to reach her maximum potential.
Happy Independence Day, Malaysia! MERDEKA! MERDEKA! MERDEKA!
Which of the celebrities below do you think has the best looking arms? Make your vote and let us know on our Facebook page!
(L-R) Eva Longoria, Jennifer Aniston, or Jessica Alba
(L-R): David Beckham, Brad Pitt, or Ryan Reynolds
Are you a fan of milk? If you aren’t, here’s why you should reconsider:
1. Bones of steel!
As many know, milk is a great source of calcium. Gear up with strong, dense bones to keep you mobile and healthy in old age. Osteoporosis affects more than half of the people over the age of 50. Don’t be part of that statistic, start your bone-strengthening regime today!
2. Make that workout count!
Milk is also a good source of protein. So after a long workout session, replenish and improve your muscle tone by treating yourself to some milky goodness. A glass of milk after a workout will help your body recover and reduce the after-exercise soreness.
3. The bones, the muscles, and also the blood!
Yep, that is right! Milk has been shown to be at keeping hypertension (high blood pressure) at bay. It also reduces the liver’s production of cholesterol and can act as an antacid.
4. Feel good, look good!
It’s no wonder so many skincare products contain milk. Milk contains antioxidants that can help prevent environmental damage of skin. It is believed that Cleopatra indulged in milk baths to help her skin stay soft, supple and radiant!
Maybe a glass of milk, is a bit toooo much milk for you? Or maybe you would like a fruity touch to your milk? Spoil yourself to made-to-order delish fresh cups of fruit juice + milk from Juice Works! :9 If you are lactose intolerant, fret not! Our customers are given the choice of low fat milk or soy milk! Here are some recommendations:
Rise N Shine
Mango, banana, muesli/wheatbix, low fat milk/soy milk, low fat vanilla ice cream
Cookies N Cream
Chocolate, OREO cookies, low fat milk/soy milk, low fat vanilla ice cream
Jack N Jill
Honey jackfruit, banana, mango, low fat milk/soy milk, low fat vanilla ice cream
Can you name the other Juice Works drinks with milk in them?
Kindness doesn’t have to be extravagant.
And, more often than not, life does present to us many chances to be kind to our family and friends, and even to complete strangers. So, why not, for this week, be on a deliberate lookout to perform acts of kindness to the people around us We are quite certain that it will not only brighten up the receiver’s day, but also your day!
Have a good weekend everyone! \(^-^)/
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