Friday Favorites: Favorite Easy, Healthy & Delicious Ways to Enjoy Watermelon
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Staying calm, cool and collected can be challenging here in the desert this time of year. My favorite survival strategies include hibernating at home with a good book, hanging out in the comfort of air conditioned movie theaters and planning as many escapes as I can.
Thankfully, there’s plenty of watermelon in the fridge to keep me happy and hydrated. I love watermelon and try to keep a container of it on hand all summer long so it’s ready for grabbing whenever the urge for a snack hits.
Juicy and sweet, a slice of chilled watermelon usually keeps me from diving into the freezer in search of ice cream.
Strategically placed in a clear container in the front of the refrigerator, thankfully it’s usually the first thing I see.
While delicious all by itself, there are all kinds of ways to enjoy watermelon in recipes too, which is what this week’s Friday Favorites is all about.
I’ve taken a lap around the web, stopping at all of my favorite Weight Watchers friendly recipe sites to assemble a delicious collection of ways to enjoy watermelon, from spicy to sweet. Enjoy!
Favorite Easy Delicious Ways To Enjoy Watermelon
Watermelon Pizza – Top a slice of watermelon with whatever suits your fancy and then cut into wedges to create a light, fresh and delicious Weight Watchers friendly appetizer, snack or dessert. Take your pizza in a sweet direction by topping it with fruit, blueberries, sliced bananas, sliced strawberries or go savory like Gina from SkinnyTaste did with this Watermelon Feta Balsamic “Pizza.”
Watch this video to see how easy it is to make your own watermelon fruit pizza:
Watermelon Cheese Skewers – Start with 3 pieces of Mini Babybel Light and 16 one-inch cubes of watermelon (about 1-1/2 cups). Cut each piece of cheese into 4 wedges. Thread the following onto each skewer: watermelon cube, cheese wedge, watermelon cube, cheese wedge, watermelon cube, cheese wedge, watermelon cube. Enjoy!
Watermelon with Chile and Lime – Sprinkle chunks or wedges of watermelon with chile powder, salt and drizzle with lime juice. An amazingly simple way to add zing to fresh fruit.
Watermelon Agua Fresca – Light and not too sweet, this is a terrific thirst quencher on a hot summer day. Just blend watermelon with water, a bit of sugar and a little lime juice.
This video demonstrates how you can easily make watermelon agua fresca at home:
Refreshing Watermelon Smoothies – We love using watermelon as a base for smoothies, while mixing it with other favorite fruits and vegetables – so we gathered some of those recipes here to share with you. Enjoy!
Simple Watermelon Feta Salad – This simple salad is perfect for a hot summer day. The flavor combination might sound odd at first. Truthfully, I wasn’t sold the first time I tasted it several years ago. But, I decided to give it another chance today when I was craving something light and refreshing for lunch.
Watermelon-Jalapeño Gazpacho with Feta – Again, it’s amazing that something so flavorful can be whirred together in the blender in minutes, for so few calories and WW Points. Talk about a Weight Watchers dream recipe.
Orzo Salad with Watermelon – Juicy watermelon and tangy feta make this a refreshing and unique pasta salad. (WeightWatchers)
Grilled Shrimp and Watermelon Chopped Salad – Chopped romaine tossed with sweet, juicy watermelon, grilled shrimp and goat cheese and a golden balsamic vinaigrette – a perfect summertime salad for seafood lovers. (SkinnyTaste)
Spiced Chicken Corn and Watermelon Salad – This simple salad with spiced chicken and smoky charred corn pairs perfectly with the sweet watermelon and makes a great end of summer meal. (Slender Kitchen)
Watermelon Blueberry Salsa – The salsa can really only be described as summer in a bowl. I topped a simple tilapia fillet with it and the two were a perfect match. I have some left and will be making fish tacos later. (GreenLiteBites)
Indian Spiced Tilapia with Watermelon Salsa – This refreshing watermelon salsa is no exception. Served atop tilapia fillets that had been lightly dusted with garam masala (a blend of Indian spices) resulted in a really delicious dinner with minimal SmartPoints.
5 Minute Watermelon Strawberry Sorbet – This sorbet is ready in minutes, and it is the perfect treat on a hot summer day. The best part is, there is no added sugar, and it is packed with vitamins, so you can feel good about eating it. (Dashing Dish)
Watermelon Cake – Want an impressive looking cake that’s not only healthy but also requires zero baking? These fresh fruit “cakes” made from sliced watermelon, peaches, strawberries and other fruit combinations, are just the thing — perfect for summer birthdays and outdoor cookouts! (Craftsy) Or for an easier version, decorate a round of watermelon with whipped cream, fruit and nuts like Jennifer did.
Watch this video to learn how you can make your own no-bake watermelon cake:
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
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