10 Healthy Ways to Use Watermelon

Get 10 healthy recipes featuring a summer favorite: watermelon.

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There are few things better than the fresh crunch of a wedge of watermelon. But this summertime staple is more versatile than you might be giving it credit for.

In addition to being cool, refreshing and downright delicious, watermelon offers important nutrients, including vitamins A and C, plus potassium and fiber. It’s also a good source of the antioxidant lycopene. Enjoy it in both sweet and savory recipes.

Sweet

The tantalizing natural sweetness of this melon makes for divine desserts.

Watermelon Slushies (pictured above)

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Savory

Mild flavor and big crunch makes watermelon a welcome addition to savory dishes as well, plus it contains a nice boost of low-calorie nutrients.

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Drinks

Last, but certainly not least, are the watermelon beverages. Cocktails and mocktails can be infused with seasonal colors and flavors.

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Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition.

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