At Tsamma, we love the time of year leading up to Tour de Fresh. Fall is in full swing and there’s no better time of year for the crisp, refreshing flavor of watermelon juice. For the 275-mile journey from Hickory, NC through the Smokey Mountains to Atlanta, GA, you’ll need a scoop of endurance, a shot of motivation, and a lot of our delicious, healthy beverage.
Tsamma is picked with care and packed with power. No, these aren’t simply buzzwords, they’re statements describing the all-natural goodness of Frey Farms’ watermelons. We’ve been harvesting melons for years, so we know a thing or two about picking just the right fruit and transforming it into a nutritious, cold-pressed drink for you and your loved ones to enjoy. Served chilled, Tsamma is the ideal pick-me-up after a long, hot day or intense workout.
But Tsamma isn’t just about taste—the sweet, savory beverage provides hydration and health benefits. Watermelon is the single-most hydrating food on the entire planet, with a composition almost exclusively of water (92%!). On October 19, you’ll begin to traverse the long trail from Hickory to Black Moutain, NC. The starting elevation? 1,115 feet. You’ll end this leg of the path at an elevation of 2,345 feet. The road may seem long, but not with Tsamma on your side. Watermelons (and watermelon juice) have significant levels of vitamins A, B6 and C, along with lots of lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids. High-endurance workouts (like biking long distances) often lead people to sweat heavily and lose potassium. Thankfully, Tsamma is a significant source of potassium. So, recharge and refresh after day one with a bottle of fresh watermelon juice!
Did we mention that watermelon has been called, “a miracle recovery fruit?” We don’t like to brag, but if that doesn’t encourage you to grab a bottle before Tour de Fresh, we don’t know what will! An article in Men’s Fitness highlighted a recent study from the Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena in Spain testing the effects of watermelon juice on muscle soreness. An hour before working out, study participants were given either natural watermelon juice, watermelon juice enriched with L-citrulline (an amino acid naturally found in watermelon), or a placebo beverage. Interestingly, both the natural and enriched watermelon beverages helped reduce the recovery heart rate and muscle soreness.
For the best recovery results, try two 8-oz. servings of watermelon an hour before working out. We know it’s a pain to juice watermelon yourselves, so we’ve done the hard part for you! Tsamma-lovers, there’s no excuse to not get hydrated and healthy before Tour de Fresh. We want to help you feel and look your best, so grab a bottle of Tsamma and we’ll see you in North Carolina!