3Aug

National Watermelon Day

It’s National Watermelon Day!

I teamed up with my friend Quelcy of With The Grains to bring you some watermelon goodies that are both good for your health and your mood.

Did you know watermelon contains lycopene, antioxidants, and amino acids? It is especially high in vitamins A and C and has been shown to help reduce blood pressure so it’s perfect to keep you calm during a meltdown. No wonder why watermelon is such a cooling summer fruit – it can keep you physically and mentally chill.

Watermelon Salad with Balsamic Glaze

In all these recipes, I encourage you to see what flavor profiles taste good to you. Many people need a recipe to follow exactly, but I encourage you to really practice intuitive cooking with these to see what you really love. I know Quelcy loves extra cheese and I love extra balsamic. Find a flavor profile that works for you!

Ingredients:

1-2 cucumbers
½ watermelon
Mozzarella cheese balls
Fresh mint
Olive Oil + Balsamic Vinegar
Salt + Pepper, to taste

Direction:

  1. Spiralize the cucumber in a large bowl.
  2. Use a melon scooper to scoop watermelon balls as desired.
  3. Add the mozzarella cheese balls.
  4. Chop fresh mint and mix in. Add olive oil, vinegar and salt and pepper as desired.

Bonus: You can even add some pistachios for a little extra crunch.

Watermelon Spritzer

Use the melon scoop to scoop any extra watermelon and freeze the scoops. Use the frozen watermelon balls the next time you want to have a refreshing drink. It’s also a great way to get some mood-boosting nutrients rather than a sugary concoction.

For this specific recipe, we added fresh-squeezed lemon juice, watermelon ice, cucumber slices, lemon slices, and Sparkling Blackberry Water.

And of course, watermelon treats for the pups!

Watermelon is a healthy food for pups that can help cool them down, especially after play dates in the heat.

Simply blend watermelon with a little water, pour the liquid into silicone bone treat molds, and freeze!

For more recipes and to see Quelcy’s cute pup, Julep, check out her blog, With The Grains.

Photo & Styling  Cred: Quelcy Kogel

About these Watermelon Recipes: These combinations are basic guides, so follow your taste buds and your eyes, and *always consult with your veterinarian about adding real food to your dog’s diet. 

 

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