Wonderful Ways to Use Watermelon

I love watermelon. Ever since I was a little kid it has been one of my favorite fruits. For me, summertime is not complete without a good dose of watermelon – and this summer I am definitely getting mine!

Watermelon grows in many shapes and sizes – and baby watermelons are becoming extremely popular. When I was in Israel, we drove by many watermelon fields. Here you can see a watermelon ready for harvest:

growing watermelon in fields

Nutritionally, watermelon is a star. Since it is more than 90% water, it’s low in calories, which means you can eat a lot without worrying about your weight! More importantly, watermelon is a great source of some important antioxidants: vitamin C, beta-carotene, and lycopene – all of which help protect the heart, prevent inflammation, and reduce the risk of cancer.

Nutrition Facts for 1 cup of watermelon: 46 calories, 1 g protein, 0 g fat, 11 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber

Another great thing about watermelon is that there are so many ways to enjoy it. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Watermelon, tomato, feta, and basil salad — or skewers (like these seasonal skewers I made last summer)
  • Watermelon salsa — watermelon, cilantro, red onion, and lime juice (recipe to come! You can read about it in last week’s guest post by my husband Andy)
  • Watermelon sorbet – so easy and refreshing!
  • Watermelon box ceviche — I had this delicious dish in Israel. A fish ceviche was put in a watermelon box and topped with feta. It was amazing!
    watermelon with ceviche ceviche in watermelon
  • Watermelon drinks — watermelon juice or watermelon cucumber coolers are delish!watermelon nutrition
  • By itself! Here is what a serving of watermelon was at the King David Hotel in Israel (while I love watermelon, that’s a lot for anyone to eat alone!!)

How do you enjoy watermelon?

2 responses to “Wonderful Ways to Use Watermelon

  1. That’s a nice presentation with the watermelon in a box shape! I wonder what kind of fish was inside of the watermelon? And how the fish was prepared?

    • nutritioulicious

      It was so great! I think the fish was sea bass and it was ceviche, so it had a citrus marinade – I don’t remember what else was in it, but it was amazing!

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