) - For anyone looking to embrace a healthy physique this bathing suit season, it helps to stick to fresh fruits and veggies. "Yeah," you sigh, "as if I haven't heard that one before."
Yet, it's true -- not to mention, it's delicious and pretty easy. Certain fruits allow conscientious eaters to fill up without filling out. For example, According to the National Watermelon Promotion Board, watermelon
, is 92 percent water -- so it's hydrating and satiating without any disadvantage of fat or cholesterol.
Even better, if you or your kids have an affection for sweets, why not indulge in watermelon? Otherwise known as "Nature's candy," it provides several vitamins. Vitamin A plays an essential role in eye health and infection-fighting white blood cells. Vitamin B6 helps produce antibodies, and Vitamin C helps protect the body from harmful free radicals.
Try out one of these two beautifully simple recipes highlighting watermelon. They're super easy, great for kids and delicious at breakfast and lunch, not to mention picnics and barbecues. Find more watermelon recipe ideas at www.watermelon.org
Watermelon Waldorf Salad
2 cups cubed watermelon (about 1/2-inch cubes)
1/2 cup sliced celery
1/2 cup seedless red grape halves
Dash of salt
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted
Stir watermelon, celery and grapes together in a bowl. Just before serving, stir salt into yogurt for dressing. You may want to add a little water to lighten the thickness. Pour mixture over fruit, and stir until coated. Sprinkle with almonds.
Watermelon Slice Popsicles
Watermelon slices, cut to triangular wedge shapes, about 1/2 -; 1 inch thick
For an easy, fun take on the yummy watermelon slice, insert a popsicle stick into the rind. It makes clean-up a breeze -- especially for kids. You can also freeze the slice popsicles for a refreshingly chilly treat.