Aptly named watermelon is made up of 91.5% water, making it the perfect summertime snack when you’re looking for something that both tastes good and will help you stay hydrated. Watermelon is also a very versatile ingredient: enjoy it on its own, add it to your water or juice, or mix it up with any number of foods to create a refreshing salad, soup or sorbet. Try these 10 hydrating watermelon recipes when the weather heats up.
1. Watermelon-Yogurt Ice
(Recipe from EatingWell.com)
Shaved ice is a staple of summer with its cool, refreshing texture and fruity taste. Make your own version using watermelon and low-fat vanilla yogurt for a light treat that epitomizes summer. This recipe calls for 4 cups of watermelon, so you’ll feel refreshed and hydrated after eating it. As a bonus, there are only 74 calories per serving.
2. Watermelon Green Juice
(Recipe from MindBodyGreen.com)
Next to water, there’s nothing more hydrating than fruit and veggie juice. This juice recipe is loaded with super foods, so whip it up when you’re in the mood to kick the day’s butt. With romaine lettuce, watermelon, cucumber, limes, celery and kale, there’s enough healthy goodness in this recipe to give you a boost. Bust out the mason jars and store it for up to 24 hours.
3. Jalapeno Gazpacho With Feta
(Recipe from PopSugar.com)
Summer is the perfect season for chilled soups, and what could be more refreshing than a soup that combines tomatoes, watermelon and cucumbers? Make it spicier by adding more jalapeno than what’s listed. It’s only 227 calories a serving, but this light soup packs a big flavor punch.
4. Watermelon-Mint Juice
(Recipe from Shape.com)
Here’s another delicious juice recipe that contains no artificial sugars or flavors – just a lot of delicious, fresh produce. Watermelon, honeydew melon, cucumber, lime, and mint: does that combination not sound divine? Pour it in a cup and drink it poolside for the ultimate summer experience.
5. Tomato Watermelon Salad
(Recipe from Recipes.WomensHealthMag.com)
Why do tomato and watermelon make such a good pair? Tomato is another food that boasts high water content. Put watermelon and tomato together and you have one hydrating meal. This salad is the best of both worlds – savory and sweet. At only 161 calories per serving, you’ll want to return to this light treat again and again.
6. Hydrating Tropical Dessert Smoothie
(Recipe from HelloNatural.co)
Watermelon! Pineapple! Mango! All that’s missing is the beach and a fancy straw. Not only will this smoothie cool you down right away, it makes 6 servings and can be stored up to three days, so you can keep enjoying it. Try it once and you’ll want to make it all summer long.
7. Baja Fish Tacos With Watermelon Guacamole
(Recipe from WhatAboutWatermelon.com)
If you’re tired of the same old same old, this is the recipe for you. Traditional guacamole is completely turned on its head with the addition of delicious, refreshing watermelon. This is one of those dishes that may sound strange at first – but once you try it, you’ll be hooked.
8. Watermelon, Grapefruit & Blackberry Salad With Honey Mint Drizzle
(Recipe from NutritionStripped.com)
Sure, there are some days when a heavy meal sounds great. In the heat of summer, though, there’s nothing better than a light fruit salad. This one has it all, including fresh, juicy produce that’s high in vitamins, antioxidants and fiber. The addition of mint and honey makes this the ultimate summer dish.
9. Southern Watermelon Benedict
(Recipe from CozyLittleKitchen.blogspot.com)
Change the way you think about breakfast and brunch forever by swapping the biscuit in traditional eggs Benedict for granola, the egg for a thick slice of watermelon, and the hollandaise sauce for yogurt. Add some kiwi and mint and you have a unique, unexpected, delicious way to start the day.
10. Strawberry Watermelon Popsicles
(Recipe from RawFoodRecipes.com)
There’s nothing better than a recipe with only two or thre ingredients. This one couldn’t be simpler: blend together strawberries, watermelon, and optional dates, freeze, and enjoy. Say no to store-bought popsicles with added sugar, and make your own delicious version instead.