Watermelon is a delicious and refreshing fruit that’s also good for you.
The sweet, juicy, vibrant fruit is the perfect treat on a hot summer day. As much as it is delicious, watermelon is definitely a nutritious addition to your diet, Watermelons are mostly water — about 92 percent — but this refreshing fruit is soaked with nutrients. Each juicy bite has significant levels of vitamins A, B6, and C, lots of lycopene, antioxidants, and amino acids. There’s even a modest amount of potassium. Plus, this quintessential summer snack is fat-free, very low in sodium, and has only 40 calories per cup.
While it’s deliciously satisfying biting right into the juicy flesh alone,
Here are 5 new and healthy ways to enjoy the fruit of the summer :
Turn It Into Sorbet.
Using an ice cream maker, turn a watermelon into a sweet and refreshing sorbet that can be served upright inside the rind. Or freeze the sorbet inside the rind cut into slices!
Watermelon is a perfect ingredient in a fresh, light salsa to enjoy with chips or on grilled fish. Cut watermelon into small pieces and combine with any seasonal salsa ingredients that excite you—mango, jalapeño pepper, basil, cilantro, and red onion come to mind. Drizzle with lime or lemon juice, sprinkle with salt and gently stir together. Let the salsa sit for at least 30 minutes before serving so the flavors can mingle.
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Frozen Watermelon Pops.
Swap out sugar! Watermelon alone has all the components necessary for a hydrating and refreshing ice pop.
Chop the flesh of half a watermelon into large chunks. Add to blender and blend until smooth. Pour into Popsicle molds and freeze overnight.
Watermelon Agua Fresca.
Literally “freshwater” in Spanish, aqua Frescas are simple, cooling drinks that hydrate and replenish. To make one from juicy watermelon, run about 4 cups of cubed watermelon through a blender with a cup of water and a big pinch of sugar. Strain the liquid into a container and stir in the juice of two limes. Refrigerate until cold and serve topped with a splash of club soda or sparkling water.