Be Healthy with Watermelon

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In the summer, it’s hard to imagine a food being as refreshing as watermelon. It’s sweet, juicy and cool – perfect on a hot day. Aside from being a great cool-down food, it’s also packed with nutrients.

A standard serving of watermelon is two cups, which includes one-third of a day’s vitamins A and C as well as potassium and lycopene. Lycopene, which is thought to help suppress or prevent cancer, is found in watermelon 40 percent more than in raw tomatoes.

Watermelon can make a great addition to any summer side plates, such as a fruit salad. You can also throw some watermelon chunks and ice in a blender, with lime juice and honey for a refreshing slushy drink that kids and adults will love. The high water content (about 92% water) in watermelon make it great for not only blending but for cold soup too, like gazpacho. Regardless, watermelon will help keep us hydrated in the summer months.

When choosing a watermelon in the grocery store, look for one that is firm and symmetrical, heavy and free of bruises and dents. Don’t worry if there’s a yellow spot on the underside of the melon – that should be there, as it indicates where it sat on the ground.

Looking for a quick, easy and fun recipe to include at a summer barbecue? Try the tomato, watermelon and feta skewers below.

Tomato, Watermelon and Feta Skewers with Mint and Lime

Ingredients

2 boxes of cherry tomatoes, cut in half
3 cups 1-inch watermelon cubes (equal to about ¼ of a standard 3 lb. watermelon)
8 ounces of feta cheese, cubed
2 ½ tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
36 (3-inch) wooden skewers

Directions

Gently toss together tomatoes and the next seven ingredients in a large bowl. Cover and chill 30 minutes to one hour. Then, thread one tomato, one watermelon cube and one feta cube onto a skewer, and place in a serving bowl. Repeat with remaining skewers. Drizzle with remaining marinade and they’re ready to serve!