Watermelon Fun!

Today is the first day of July and the summer time is here! What better way to celebrate the first day of July with a fun watermelon drink? Watermelon is a good source of vitamin C,  has plenty of antioxidants (watermelon gets it reddish-pink shades primarily from lycopene!), and has a rich supply of an amino acid called citrulline.

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! A fully ripened watermelon will also often have a ground spot that has turned creamy yellow in color.

Looking for ideas on what to do with watermelon? Make it into a fun drink. I used plain seltzer water mixed with watermelon for a light spritzer drink to enjoy on a hot day. About 1 liter of seltzer mixed with the inside of the watermelon makes a fantastic drink! I scooped the inside of the watermelon out with an icecream scoop and blended it in a blender with the seltzer water. You can add a hint of lime juice to the drink if needed. I picked up a handy watermelon kit at my local ShopRite that came with stands to hold the watermelon balanced, and a spout to pour the drink out of the watermelon– very easy to use!!

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I also made a delicious watermelon and feta salad last month! It was DELICIOUS! Did you ever think of mixing watermelon with cheese? The next time you are thinking of making a salad and you are a watermelon lover, this is definitely the choice for you!

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The possibilities with watermelon are endless! What better way to enjoy the summer than with a refreshing watermelon recipe?

 

 

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Sweet Treat In The Heat!

Here’s a healthy dessert I came across on Pinterest: Watermelon Strawberry Mint Popsicles

“These low-calorie watermelon strawberry mint popsicles are sweet, refreshing, and, with only three ingredients, a cinch to make.”

INGREDIENTS- Makes about 8 popsicles

4 cups of cubed seedless watermelon (about half a medium melon)
12 fresh mint leaves
10 large strawberries (leave four whole and cut the rest into bite-size chunks)

DIRECTIONS

1. Blend watermelon, mint leaves, and four whole strawberries in a food processor or blender until smooth.

2. Put a few chunks of strawberries in the bottom of each popsicle mold. Fill halfway with watermelon mixture and then add a few more strawberries to each mold. Fill almost to the top with the mixture and place the sticks on top.

3. Freeze for at least three hours and enjoy!

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