Healthy Dose of Watermelon

My family loves watermelon. Every year we buy a ton of them and quickly eat all of it. My two year old is especially fond of them. She can make a dinner out of just watermelon if I’d let her. Most kids are the same way and devour this beautiful fruit. I never gave the unassuming watermelon too much thought as a health food. I assumed it was a nice way to hydrate as it consists mostly of water as the name suggests. However, this lovely pink fruit has more to it than simple water.

Watermelon contains is hydrating.

Watermelon is low in calories and contains no salt.
One cup of watermelon is only 46 calories yet contains 20% of the RDA for Vitamin C and A!

Watermelons are a great source of potassium.

Contains about 12% of fiber that you need in a day.

Considered a free food on Weight Watchers.

Next cookout don’t pass up the watermelon but pile it on your plate. This is a great snack for dieters as it quenches your thirst, satisfies a sweet tooth, and two cups is less than 100 calories.

Are you looking for more ways to treat yourself to watermelon than just cut up cubes? The National Watermelon Promotion Board has some fun ways to eat watermelon. One idea is simply to puree seedless watermelon and freeze in an ice cube tray. These little pink cubes can sweeten a glass of water or add a kick to juice. Have too much pureed watermelon to fill up your ice cube tray? Fill up popsicle molds with the puree and drop in some fruit for a chunky frozen fruity treat. Don’t think watermelon is just for summer you can carve it up like pumpkin and make a Jack O’ Melon. These and more fun ideas and recipes can be found the National Watermelon Promotion Board!

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About Richele McFarlin

Richele is a Christian homeschooling mom to four children, writer and business owner. Her collegiate background is in educational psychology. Although it never prepared her for playing Candyland, grading science, chasing a toddler, doing laundry and making dinner at the same time.

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