Oftentimes, we go to great caloric lengths to cool down, whether it’s slurping down a fluorescent margarita by the pool or downing a teetering ice cream cone. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
If there’s anything that melon’s good for, it’s cooling you down. And the refreshing capabilities of cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon go far beyond the category’s prominent presence in fruit salad. On the contrary, melon does wonders in a salad, adds creaminess to a cool soup or can be transformed into something entirely unexpected. Melon fettuccini, anyone? Unlike other ultra-tangy, sugary fruits, melon serves as a foundation for bigger things. Seriously, the options are endless.
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Each color contains different nutrients, so a rainbow-colored plate of fruits and veggies is likely a well-rounded, healthy one! In this occasional series, we explain what each color has to offer. We told you all about orange foods, and this month, in honor of Valentine’s Day and Heart Health month, we’ve got the scoop on red-hued eats.
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- Grilled Watermelon Salad
Nothing says summer like biting into a wedge of juicy melon, from cantaloupe to watermelon to casaba. While simple snacking is tasty, we’ve got five more ways to devour this seasonal goodie.
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- Watermelon-Feta Salad - Photo Courtesy Food Network Magazine
It’s a common myth that watermelon isn’t good for you. Despite a candy-like taste and high water content, it’s packed with nutrients.
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Last week, you (the readers) shared great tips on healthier chicken salad recipes and making baby food at home. This week: DIY frozen treats, the perfect cold brew and creative ways to dress up your watermelon.
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My dad and I have tried growing our own before, but they only made it to about the size of a grapefruit and ended up as food for garden critters. Because watermelon is one of my favorite summer fruits, I get my fix from ones grown by professionals now. Read up on the benefits of this melon and how to pick the perfect one.
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You can’t go wrong with cool, sweet drinks on those dog days. Last week, I shared two classics: Berry Spritzer and Refrigerator Tea. Here’s another favorite to toast summer’s arrival. Made from two fruits that are coming into season, this “slush” is perfect for a party (you’ll want to up the portions) or an afternoon snack with the family.
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