Not Just Water

By Kelli Swensen, Dietetics Student, Sargent College

Think watermelon is just water? Think again. According to the George Mateljan Foundation at Whole Foods, one cup of watermelon contains approximately 20% of your daily vit C as well as 17% of your daily vit A. It also has a small amount of potassium and magnesium. One of the main nutritional benefits is watermelon contains various anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds. So get your fill of this juicy fruit before summer is officially over!

This week’s box contained:
— 1 Small Watermelon
— 6 Pickling Cucumbers
— 2 Onions
— 8 Plum Tomatoes
— 2 lbs. Potatoes
— 5 ears Corn
— 1 bunch Arugula
— 5 Roasting Peppers
— 2 heads Garlic

Notice we've already almost finished the smaller container of watermelon

If you picked up your CSA box Thursday, or bought a watermelon recently, there’s a good chance your fridge contains a massive container filled with the sweet fruit like mine does. So what can you do with so much watermelon? Here are some healthy ways my roommate and I are enjoying our watermelon supply:

  • Freeze the juice and make into ice cubes. Delicious as an icy treat or added to water to add flavor.
  • Cube up watermelon and place in a salad along with spinach, almonds, goat cheese, carrots, and tofu or chicken with a light balsamic drizzle.
  • For a cute appetizer, take a cube of watermelon, place one piece of fresh mozzarella (buffalo mozzarella) and a leaf of basil on top and secure with a toothpick. Drizzle a bit of balsamic reduction over the pieces.
  • Make a watermelon salsa (like this one from Eating Well) and serve it with grilled shrimp or fish tacos (eating it with a spoon is also acceptable)

 

Have any other favorite ways to incorporate watermelon? Share them below or on our Facebook page!


One Comment

Jessie posted on September 25, 2012 at 3:27 pm

This is such a great idea! I think more dietetics programs should have a blog like this.

Love your ideas for using watermelon — I’ll have to try some before they disappear!

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