For a workout, you can carry a watermelon. (FYI: An onstage version of “Dirty Dancing” opens Aug. 26 in D.C.) But it may be even better for you to just eat it — the fruit is a good source of lycopene (an antioxidant) and vitamins A and C, and it can reduce post-exercise muscle soreness.

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Watermelon gazpacho
Available at Soupergirl’s two stores (314 Carroll St. NW and 1829 M St. NW) as well as other markets around town. See thesoupergirl.com for locations.
This light, refreshing blend of watermelon, tomato, cucumber and jalapeno is sold by the pint ($6) and quart ($11), but one sip and you’ll be wishing for a gallon. The annual summer special — a puree, with bite-sized chunks of watermelon floating around — is ideal for a “schvitzy day,” says Soupergirl owner Sara Polon.

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Tsamma watermelon juice
Available at The Fresh Market locations in Virginia and Maryland, and national distribution is coming soon.
Marine Corps Marathoners will be offered this new juice at the finish line. Feeling lazy? You can buy it for $3.50. It’s 100 percent juice (but just 95 percent* watermelon — grape and pomegranate are in there too), with no added sugars. The result is a tad sweeter than our tasters would have preferred. Running first is wise: It has 120 calories per 12-ounce bottle.

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Watermelon mint pop
Available at Pleasant Pops Farmhouse Market and Cafe (1781 Florida Ave. NW) and three D.C. farmers markets. See pleasantpops.com for locations.
“It doesn’t get much healthier than this,” says Pleasant Pops co-founder Roger Horowitz, who notes that the $3 sweet treat packs fewer than 30 calories. But it’s loaded with flavor thanks to locally sourced ingredients. Better act fast if you’re craving one — the seasonal flavor will stick around only through the end of the month.

 

*This story has been updated to note that Tsamma now contains 95 percent watermelon juice, not the 88 percent originally reported.

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