Cool Down With Watermelon!

— Written By Marcus McFarland
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Watermelon in Hand

What’s a great way to cool you down in the hot weather? How about watermelon? Watermelon is a delicious healthy treat and fruit that is perfect for cooling your family down after a long day outside.

According to the Michigan State University extension, watermelon contains vitamin A, vitamin C, and lycopene. Vitamin A is beneficial for eyesight, vitamin C helps to improve the immune system and lycopene has been seen as beneficial to reducing the risk of certain cancers. Also, watermelon is low in carbohydrates. A cup of diced watermelon boast 11 grams of carbohydrates.

This Delicious Fruit can be enjoyed in your water with other fruit, in a delicious salad or salsa, or completely on its own: chilled and cold. Try it in this awesome recipe for Cucumber and Watermelon salad from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics below. Be sure to enjoy some watermelon with your family in the warm weather!

Cucumber Watermelon Salad

Ingredients

2 tablespoons Lime Juice
2 tablespoons Granulated Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/4 cup minced, fresh Parsley
2 medium unpeeled Cucumbers, washed, ends removed, sliced lengthwise, then sliced crosswise
3 cups Watermelon, cut in 1-inch cubes (about 1 pound)

Directions

  1. Combine the lime juice, sugar and salt in a 2-quart bowl; whisk together. Stir in parsley.
  2. Add cucumbers; toss with a rubber spatula, coating all cucumber pieces. Add watermelon; fold in gently.
  3. Cover, set aside and allow juice from the watermelon to mix with the other juices. Stir gently and let stand at room temperature 1 hour before serving.

References:

“Low Carb Fruits – 15 Grams or Less Per Serving” – MSU Extension – Michigan State University

“It’s Prime Time for Watermelon” – Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension – University of Florida

“Cucumber Watermelon Salad” – Kids Eat Right – The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics