FOOD | 5.22.17 | by Gia Dolney
We’ve entered summer weather! Yay! And one of the most enjoyable things about summer is the juicy and delicious melons. We love watermelon at SMG because not only is it kid friendly but also packed with nutrients. So here are some fun watermelon recipes to get you going.
Read on for fun watermelon recipes ⬇
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A Quick Note about Watermelon Nutrition
Watermelon not only hydrates you and is fun to eat but also gives your body tons of nutrients. From the Watermelon Board —
A two-cup serving of watermelon contains excellent levels of vitamins A, B6 and C, and also serves as a valuable source of potassium. At 92% water, watermelon delivers needed fluids and nutrients to the body, including lycopene – which has been studied for its potential role in reducing risk of heart disease, various cancers and protection to skin from harmful UV rays – and citrulline – which can help maintain blood flow within the heart and cardiovascular function.
What’s not to love about watermelon??!
Watermelon Berry Popsicles
This recipe and photo are from the Watermelon Board. You include other seasonal berries in the popsicle for extra flavor and nutrition. So kid friendly and yummy! Easy too.
- 5-6 cups seedless watermelon
- 1 cup California Giant Blueberries
- 1 cup California Giant Raspberries
- 3 tablespoons honey
- Add watermelon, ½ cup of blueberries, ½ cup of raspberries, and honey to a blender. Blend until smooth. Press through a fine mesh strainer to remove pulp and seeds.
- Fill popsicle molds ¾ full with liquid. Add whole blueberries and raspberries to each mold. Insert sticks and freeze for at least 4 hours or until completely frozen.
Makes 12 Servings.
Serving size: 1 Popsicle
Calories per serving: 42
These are frozen drinks from YouTube channel Fifteen Spatulas. The slushies are all natural without artificial coloring (avoiding the artificial blue slushies that you buy at the store). We think that adding some sweet strawberries to the slush recipe could also be a yummy twist.
Melon and Cucumber Salad
This is a super easy fruit salad from YouTube-ist The Domestic Geek with lots of nutrition and hydration using cucumbers, watermelon, honeydew melon, and cantaloupe. For a more adult taste, you can add some mint or cilantro, along with a squeeze of lime. And, as a bonus, the next salad in this video uses kiwi’s and blueberries, which would also be a great combo with watermelon. Lots of ideas here.