Stay Hydrated with Watermelon

Stay Hydrated with Watermelon

STAY HYDRATED WITH WATERMELONIt is no coincidence “water” is found in the word watermelon. This thirst-quenching fruit provides you with fluid, vitamins and electrolytes, which help fight off dehydration. And, it’s tasty, too! Try these tasty watermelon recipes to help you stay hydrated this summer.

Watermelon Spears Made-Easy

  • Begin by slicing your watermelon in half.
  • Place one half of the watermelon face down on a cutting board and begin cutting 1-2 inch thick slices.
  • Turn the watermelon 90 degrees and repeat.
  • You’ll have small squares that are easy to grab and eat, like popsicles.
  • For an added bonus, place a popsicle stick in the rind of each slice, then place in the freezer for 30 minutes for a cold treat on a hot day.

 

Watermelon Pizza Recipe

  • Start by cutting the watermelon in half and cut off a slice right down the middle, about 2-3 inches.
  • Use plain or Greek yogurt as your sauce (flavored or unflavored). Using a spatula, spread the yogurt up to the white part of the watermelon.
  • Use fresh fruit or nuts as toppings. This is a fun, hands-on activity for kids.
  • If you crave a little more sweetness, drizzle some honey or sugar-free maple syrup over the finished pizza.
  • Slice into “pizza wedges” and serve.

 

Watermelon Ice cubes: 3 Ways

Option 1: Small Cubes

  • Dice your watermelon into small cubes.
  • Place in freezer bag and allow to freeze up to 1 hour.

Option 2: Blender Frenzy 

  • Dice your watermelon into small cubes.
  • Throw watermelon cubes into a blender and blend until juiced.
  • Pour juice into ice cube trays.
  • Place tray in freezer and allow to freeze up to 1 hour.

Option 3: Melon Baller

  • Use a melon baller and ball out the watermelon.
  • Place watermelon balls in freezer bag and allow to freeze up to 1 hour.

Whether you use blended watermelon or cubed watermelon, once frozen, the watermelon will chill your drink and flavor your water as it thaws.

Stay Hydrated with Watermelon Recipes This Summer

How will you stay hydrated this summer? Remember, you need to drink water and get good nutrition for a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Nutrition can help manage your chronic pain symptoms and ensure your overall wellness is maintained.

Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Amanda Arnold, MS, RDN, LD 

Amanda is a licensed and registered dietitian/nutritionist with the Pain Management Group. She received her Master’s degree in the Science of Nutrition at Auburn University and completed her dietetic internship through the Medical University of South Carolina.

Amanda is passionate about helping others, especially those in pain, understand that eating right doesn’t have to be difficult and that by making simple lifestyle and behavioral changes, they can profoundly improve their wellbeing and quality of life.