5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do with Watermelon

Tips and ideas for enjoying watermelon.
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It’s no surprise that watermelon is a healthy, hydrating and gorgeous looking summer fruit, but there are more uses for this melon than you might realize.

Tap It

With the help of a few power tools, turn a watermelon into a tasty adult beverage and a serving vessel. It’s one-stop shopping with a batch of this punch for 275 calories per serving.

Recipe: Watermelon Punch Keg (pictured above)
Grill It

A quick sizzle on the grill and cool watermelon makes a hot salad! Cooking also enhances the cell-protecting powder of the antioxidant lycopene.

Marcela Valladolid makes Watermelon Salsa, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen

Scoop It

Grab a bag of tortilla chips and call over the neighbors. If you thought tomato salsa was refreshing try this recipe on for size; your guests with beg for the recipe.

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Pickle It

Dunk the flesh and the rind into a sweet and salty brine, you’ll cut down in waste and have a fabulous snack to show for it.

Juice It

Got a ton of watermelon on hand? Get more mileage out of that fruit by juicing: the only equipment required is a blender and a fine mesh sieve. Use the juice for cocktails and smoothies; it can be also frozen or mixed with pectin and sugar to make a stunning watermelon jam.

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.

*This article was written and/or reviewed by an independent registered dietitian nutritionist.

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