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10 Healthy Ways to Love Watermelon

Best summer fruit? Watermelon, without a doubt!  Here’s why and how to eat lots of this nutritious fruit all summer long.

If summer produce had an academy awards, it would go something like this… Best vegetable (OK I know it’s really a grain) goes to corn on the cob, for it’s starring role as grilled street corn.  Best fruit – has to go to watermelon, for it’s starring role in EVERYTHING.  I can’t even narrow it down to one or two starring roles or dishes, because they’re all so delicious and positively summery!  Whether you eat it straight, over the kitchen sink, with juice dripping down your chin, or you use a ripe, sweet watermelon in a recipe, nothing says summer fruit quite like it.


It may not have an academy award, but it does have a special day.  Yep, today, August 3, is National Watermelon Day.  So let’s eat up and celebrate!

 

10 Ways to Love Watermelon|Craving Something Healthy

 

But first, a bit of  watermelon nutrition trivia. Did you know:

  • 2 cups of watermelon has only 80 calories and 21 grams of carb, from naturally occurring sugars.  So many people are afraid of watermelon because it’s so high in sugar, but clearly it’s OK to eat up!
  • It’s is an excellent source of cancer-fighting lycopene (the same compound found in tomatoes)
  • Watermelon juice has been shown to reduce muscle soreness after exercise
  • There is a science to choosing the perfect watermelon, and here it is:

10 Ways to Love Watermelon|Craving Something Healthy

 

And now for the how to eat it….

 

10 Ways to Love Watermelon|Craving Something Healthy

Watermelon Lime Snow Bowls|Craving Something Healthy

 

10 Ways to Love Watermelon|Craving Something Healthy

Watermelon Gazpacho|Love and Lemons

 

10 Ways to Love Watermelon|Craving Something Healthy

Balsamic Melon Salad|The First Mess

 

10 Ways to Love Watermelon|Craving Something Healthy

Watermelon Mint Ricotta Stacks|Nutritioulicious

 

10 Ways to Love Watermelon|Craving Something Healthy

Watermelon Salsa|The Pioneer Woman

 

10 Ways to Love Watermelon|Craving Something Healthy

Watermelon Strawberry Basil Salad|Edible Perspective

 

10 Ways to Love Watermelon|Craving Something Healthy

Watermelon Basil Granita|Lively Table

 

10 Ways to Love Watermelon|Craving Something Healthy

Grilled Watermelon Salad|Teaspoon of Spice

 

10 Ways to Love Watermelon|Craving Something Healthy

Watermelon Lemonade|Delish Knowledge

 

10 Ways to Love Watermelon|Craving Something Healthy

Fruit Salad Pudding|Craving Something Healthy

 

Quick – Run right out and buy a watermelon or two!   How do you like to eat it?

Eat well!

8 Responses to “10 Healthy Ways to Love Watermelon”

  1. That watermelon gazpacho looks relish! Great post, I really like the tips on how to pick the best watermelon, I always pick mushy ones!!

  2. All of these recipes look SOOOO good! Thank you for including the chart on how to pick a good watermelon…I know tips on how to pick ripe produce for most things but watermelon is not one of them!

  3. Jessica @ Nutritioulicious says:

    Watermelon is my fave! Great roundup and thanks for including my watermelon stacks!

  4. Thanks so much for including my granita recipe! These all look fabulous!

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