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
Cut your watermelon in half lengthwise (stem to tip)
Turn it face down, and trim off the ends and the sides.
Cut 1” slices
Turn the melon, and cut it the other way, like a checkerboard.
Serve in a cute 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?
- 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).