Watermelon, The Staple Fruit

August 7, 2017

5 ways I incorporate watermelon in our diets

Watermelon is a fruit staple in our place. I would say its a summer staple, but where I live its burning all year round. Watermelons are excellent sources of Vitamin A and C. Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant that plays a critical role in the keeping of heathly vision, neurological function, and healthy skin. Vitamin C also acts as an antioxidant and helps maintain the health of the body's connective tissues. The benefits of Vitamin C include protection of immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health issues, among other things. Since Vitamin C is not something our bodies produce naturally, its important we get our healthy-needed dose.

Because it is so versatile, there are several ways I incorporate watermelon in our diets. Some are so fun, and it has easily become my son's primary choice of fruit.

sliced - Watermelons are usually sooo heavy and I use to think cutting one up was impossible- until I became a mom. Yes, the first time I ever sliced a watermelon was sometime during my son's infancy! This is probably the most straight-forward way I serve watermelon. It's so easy to consume a generous amount because you just pick one slice after the other.

cubes- cutting up the watermelon in ice-cube shapes and letting them sit in ice-cube containers is a great way to add these to our water or lemonade. The high water content in watermelon makes it a great substitute for actual ice cubes. They are over 90% water, so its basically a water cube with a little more flavor.

You can also place the cubes in a mason jar and take it with you on a road trip or to the beach. Think watermelon chips!

kabobs - maybe you've seen this trend during fourth of july. If you're barbecuing, by the water, or just feeling creative, a fun way to get multiple fruits in is by creating a fruit kabob. We stack the sticks with cut up watermelons, bananas, strawberries, and blueberries. Its a great way to get all the healthy sugars in and keep hydrated.

salads - I toss cubes in a salad full of greens and the crunch makes every other bite so addictive and delicious.

smoothies - need I say more? You can drink this stuff!! It makes a very refreshing smoothie or juice depending on how you blend.

I mostly opt for seedless, organic watermelons. Whether they're a part of your entree, dessert, drink, or snack, watermelon is one of the best things we can consume. #funfact it is considered both a fruit and vegetable!

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