I love watermelon and I’ve been pretty obsessed with it lately. There’s no denying that this summer melon is refreshing and chock full of nutrients.
While I love eating it out of my hand, I decided to look for some inspiration about how else it can be enjoyed. Speaking of, did you know there’s such thing as a watermelon cutter?
No more needing to be intimidated cutting into a large watermelon fearing the loss of a finger.
Watermelon is one of my most favorite summer fruits, so I wanted to see how many different ways I could include it into meals and snacks. So, here you go.
How Nutritious is Watermelon?
Firstly, let’s talk about some watermelon nutrition facts.
Watermelon is very low in calories, but high in water. As in, 92% water, so can be a great hydration mechanism in the summer. Watermelon is also high in fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, potassium and lycopene.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps prevent damage to our cells from free radicals. Lycopene is a great nutrient for reducing the risk for prostate cancer, so get your men in on this too! Yay, nutrition!
Which leads me to…
Fun Ways to Include Watermelon In Your Meals and Snacks
You can make watermelon popsicles! Combine them with some other fruit if you so please. These no added sugar watermelon strawberry ice lollies are from Shahzadidevje.com
These watermelon popsicles look SUPER refreshing.
Or, getchu some strawberry watermelon popsicles from The Domestic Dietitian.
If we’re being honest, I wasn’t sure what a granita was before seeing this recipe. For all of you who may not know, it’s kind of like a mix of a sorbet and snow cone. This italian style dessert watermelon granita recipe comes from Lively Table.
Did anyone else down on Italian Ice every night growing up? The Luigi individual serving ones? I did, especially after summer baseball practice. This brings back the memories.
This delicious watermelon tomato gazpacho screams refreshing from Abbey’s Kitchen. It’s only recently that I’ve come to realize how amazing cold soup is, especially in the HOT summer months.
To that I say, better late than never, my friends.
Have you ever grilled watermelon? It brings out a one-of-a-kind flavor profile, like that caramelization stuff.
I think these grilled watermelon spears would be great for a cookout!
Another fun summer way to enjoy this summer fruit is with watermelon skewers. This watermelon, mint and feta skewer recipe from Nutritioulicious is the perfect appetizer for dining a la fresco!
I love the idea of varied fruit skewers with watermelon thrown in there.
Watermelon on its own is refreshing, but how about in ice form? This sparkling watermelon lime slushie from Marisa Moore looks simple and delicious.
Or, this watermelon mint mocktail from Diana Rice.
I’m always down for a fruity mojito! Recipe for this watermelon mojito is from Nutritioulicious.
How about as a salsa, to use as toppings on tacos and sandwiches? This fish taco recipe with watermelon salsa comes from Jeanne Reilly and I’m totally in love with the colors.
Or how about these grilled tuna tacos from The Mexitalian? Tuna anything – count me in. I like the idea of a watermelon mango salsa on top.
In Your Salads
You can make this fruit the star in your salads, like in this summer panzanella salad from Liz’s Healthy Table. I happen to think that the watermelon radish recipe would taste really well.
Watermelon radish sounds intriguing with a bitter and sweet combination.
This would be perfect for the 4th of July – America!!
Miss Abbey from Abbey’s Kitchen is killin’ it in the creativity department with this vegan watermelon cake. It almost looks too pretty to eat! Seriously, can you imagine anything better for the 4th?
What about throwing any toppings you imagine over watermelon, as in watermelon pizza?
This one just gets me all sorts of giddy. I think decorating pizza with toppings would be the BEST part. Fruit, yogurt, ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate…endless possibilities!
Kinda like my sweet potato toast the other day.
As you can see, SO many creative ways to eat it! I don’t think I can pick JUST one.
What’s your favorite summer food and how do you like it?