Adding it to your diet is really easy. Use it as a snack, an appetizer or incorporate it into your summertime beverages. Since Watermelon is fat-free and low in calories, it makes it an ideal food for those who are watching their weight.

Watermelon Facts:

1. The majority of weight in the melon is comprised of water, about 92%.

2. The rind is also edible. Trying using it as a vegetable in a stir-fry dish.

3. Red flesh of the melon is high in beta carotene and it’s a significant source of lycopene.

Here are 3 beverage recipes that you can make that use fresh watermelon.

Watermelon Citrus Cooler

watermelon balls

6 bamboo skewers

3 cups watermelon juice

2 cups grapefruit juice

1 cup orange juice

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

Thread watermelon balls on to the skewers. Freeze. In a large beverage pitcher, blend watermelon, grapefruit and orange juice with sugar until completely dissolved. Chill for 1 hour. Place frozen watermelon ball skewer in each glass. Fill with melon juice and serve. Makes 6 servings.

Watermelon Frappe

1/2 large watermelon

36 oz. Ginger ale

1 (12 oz.) can frozen limeade concentrate, thawed

fresh lemon or lime slices

Remove seeds and rinds from melon and cut into bite-size chunks. Combine melon, limeade and Ginger ale in a blender container. Freeze for 3 hours. Thaw partially to serve. Spoon into tall chilled glasses and garnish with lime or lemon slices. Makes 1 gallon.

Watermelon Smoothie

2 cups seeded watermelon chunks

1 cup crushed ice

1/2 cup plain yogurt

2 teaspoons granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/8 teaspoon almond extract

Whip together the ingredients in a blender container until smooth. Serve immediately in chilled glasses. Makes 3 servings.

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