Summer is here and so are the adventures to the lakes, green belts, parks and even the backyard. Whether you are going on a hike or a picnic, taking healthy snacks with you will keep energy levels up and keep you on track for a healthy lifestyle. With all the amazing summer snack options available, how do you narrow it down to just one?
Watermelon is an incredibly versatile crowd-pleaser when it comes to summertime snacking. There are some fantastic health benefits to eating watermelon; plus, it can be presented in a variety of ways for different summertime events!
Watermelon dates back around 5,000 years and originated in South Africa. This sweet, juicy fruit has a green rind and bright red fruit. It received its name due to the fruit being about 92% “water,” and the “melon” part is from being a large, round gourd with pulpy flesh.
Watermelon’s high-water content, amino acids and antioxidants may help improve
recovery after a workout, reducing soreness and speeding up muscle healing. If cramping has been an issue when physical activity ramps up, the potassium in watermelon can help alleviate or prevent occurrences. Need a few more reasons to grab a slice?
The benefits of watermelon are fantastic, which also matches the flavor! This sweet and juicy fruit is perfect for the young and the young at heart. There are so many ways to serve this sweet treat — there is surely something for everyone.
Watermelon Slices: Leave the watermelon on the rind for a handheld sweet summer treat.
Watermelon Chunks: Grab a fork and plate to eat your watermelon. Add a pinch of sea salt to increase the mineral content.
Watermelon Salad: Combine watermelon, mint, lemon, avocado oil, feta and kalamata olives for a refreshing salad! Sprinkle with chili salt to kick up the heat and flavor profile!
Thai Steak and Watermelon Salad: This family pleaser is a great surprise at a picnic! The Thai rice noodles chilled with thin slices of red onion and cilantro are marinated in a tart spicy dressing. Top it with watermelon chunks and warm slices of steak!
Watermelon Gazpacho: Combine watermelon, tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, red onion and a bit of jalapeño to make a bright and spicy cold soup! Sprinkle with lime salt and garnish with mint for a fun refreshing treat!
Watermelon Juice: Cut up a watermelon into chunks and toss them into the blender with lemon and mint. Blend until smooth and pour over ice! This refreshing drink can be enjoyed poolside, on the boat or at the park in your favorite tumbler!
Watermelon Popsicle/Watermelon Slushy: Add different kinds of fruits, fruit juices, water or milk to watermelon to create fun frozen treats! Create a tropical popsicle with watermelon juice, coconut water, kiwi and strawberry slices. Make an anti-inflammatory slushy with watermelon, blueberries, lime and banana. Build a recovery smoothie with watermelon, almond milk, vanilla protein and spinach.
Take watermelon with you to the lake, park or just the backyard for a surefire-winning sweet treat you can feel great eating. Keep your immunity high, boost your energy levels and enhance recovery after exertion with a few bites. No matter how you decide to slice it, watermelon is THE summer snack choice!
Happy, healthy summer snacking!
About the Author
Coach Kati Epps is the founder of MyBody GX with a background in chemistry from Colorado State University, an ACE certified personal trainer, health coach and nutrition specialist.