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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 its starring role as grilled street corn.  Best fruit – has to go to watermelon, for its 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!

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

  • 2 cups of watermelon have 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
Watermelon Cucumber Feta Salad| Sweet Caramel Sunday
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 Comments

    1. You’re so welcome Kaleigh! I can’t wait to try your recipe 🙂

  1. Jessica @ Nutritioulicious says:

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

    1. Thanks and you’re welcome Jessica! Those stacks are so pretty 🙂

  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!

    1. Thanks Rachel – and thanks for making that chart! I love it and use the tips all of the time 🙂

    1. Ha Ha! Don’t you just hate it when you pick a bad one! Those tips are great! Thanks for visiting Brynn 🙂

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