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How To Cut A Watermelon

We LOVE watermelon here in Lazy Suzi’s Kitchen, but as I mentioned in a previous post, unless it’s grab and go it won’t get eaten. (There’s more than one lazy Suzi living under this roof!)

You can, of course, get out your hand melon baller and start scooping away. OR you can cut watermelon sticks by slicing it checkerboard style, which is the way I’m recommending right here, right now.

You will need:

A BIG, sharp knife

A medium sized, seedless watermelon

watermelon and knife

Cut your watermelon in half lengthwise (stem to tip)watermelon cut in half

Turn it face down, and trim off the ends and the sides.slice off the ends and sides

Cut 1” slices1" watermelon slices

Turn the melon, and cut it the other way, like a checkerboard.checkerboard cut

Serve in a cute bowl!Watermelon in a bowl

Cut watermelon will keep for several days if you store it COVERED in the refrigerator.

This little trick is perfect for parties, or when you need a last-minute something something to bring along. And of course, if your household is anything like mine, these tasty treats are the ultimate grab and go healthy snacks!

And in case you were wondering…

There are some major health benefits that go along with enjoying this sweet bite of summer.

Watermelons are 92% water, so the more you eat the more you’ll stay hydrated.

It isn’t just water that your body needs, though. Watermelon also provides significant amounts of vitamins A, B6 and C, plus lycopene (for bone and cardiovascular health), antioxidants (to balance your body’s production of free radicals) and amino acids (which store and transfer nutrients to every part of your body).

Yes, the more watermelon you eat, the more you’re going to want to be near a bathroom! This fruit is also mildly diuretic, which means it helps the body get rid of excess fluids. It contains both potassium and calcium which help cleanse the kidneys.

Other claims about the benefits of eating watermelon include:

  • Anti-aging properties
  • Improved heart health
  • Better digestion
  • Vision/eye health

What more can you ask for?

Here’s what!

  • Pickle the rinds.
  • Add it – rind and all – to your juicer.
  • Add chunks of watermelon to plain or sparkling water.
  • Make watermelon-mint lemonade.
  • Spike it with vodka.
  • Freeze it with popsicle sticks (or as sliced above).

Happy Summer Everyone!

4 thoughts on “How To Cut A Watermelon

  1. Thank you for showing me a way to cut watermelon. Watermelon is my #1 favorite fruit to eat especially in the summer time. Even though I drink a lot of water, but when eating watermelon, I don’t need any water because I am so full of the water from the watermelon. I didn’t know that watermelon was good for your eyes. I like your post.

    1. Thanks Brenda! I absolutely crave watermelon in the summer, and I’m glad I was able to share my favorite way to slice it up with you!

  2. Hi Suzie,

    I like how you cut it.
    It’s critical to make sure that your watermelon is not sprayed with pesticides.
    Personally, I got badly sick once after eating the one from US.
    All non-organic watermelons coming from US are simply pesticide bombs.
    The way out of this is to buy organic ones. They are more expensive but this way you are really nourishing your body without destroying it at the same time. Quality always wins quantity!

    1. Yes, you do have to be sure to wash your fruits and vegetables thoroughly before you eat them. I have been known to use Dawn dishwashing liquid on things like watermelon and other fruits where you don’t actually eat the rind. Thank you for commenting!

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