Fresh Watermelon Recipes for Summer

If your family enjoys fruit salads or sweet summer treats, you should probably add watermelon to the grocery list. Dubbed “nature’s candy,” watermelon hits the trifecta: nutritionists, dietitians and children adore it. Watermelon is said to boost self-esteem and jumpstart the immune system through at least three different vitamins.

When I was pregnant with my first child, it was a rough time for my appetite. In the first trimester, I visited the States and the neighbourhood grocery store stocks freshly cut watermelon. Needless to say, I ate a pound a day. It was great to restore electrolytes and keep me hydrated when food and I were on the outs.

Vitamin A supports healthy eyes and stimulates the formation of white blood cells, which fight infection. The juicy fruit helps your immune system produce antibodies via Vitamin B6. And Vitamin C protects the body from harmful free radicals.

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Try out one or both of these fresh watermelon recipes for summer. They’re simple, kid-friendly and perfect for barbecues, picnics, or just lunch. For more delicious watermelon recipes, visit www.watermelon.org.
SHINING WATERMELONS

Watermelon Waldorf Salad

2 cups cubed watermelon (about 1/2-inch cubes)
1/2 cup sliced celery
1/2 cup seedless red grape halves
Dash of salt
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted

Stir together watermelon, celery and grapes in bowl. Just before serving, stir salt into yogurt for dressing. You may want to add a little water to lighten the thickness. Pour mixture over fruit and stir until coated. Sprinkle with almonds.
Mini Seedless Watermelon Dulcinea Farms PureHeart June 05, 20105

Watermelon Slice Popsicles

Watermelon slices, cut into triangular wedge shapes (about 1/2 – 1 inch thick)
Popsicle sticks

For an easy, fun take on the yummy watermelon slice, insert a popsicle stick into the rind! It makes clean-up a breeze — especially for kids. You can also freeze the slice popsicles for a refreshingly chilly treat.

Fresh #watermelon and Spanish pastries for breakfast. This is all that remains from our Father's Day morning feast.

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