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Mommies It’s Watermelon Folly!

On : July 25, 2013 | Category : Blog, Cooking Tips, Mom Tips, Nutrition & Health, Spotlight FavoriteLoadingAdd to favorites

Summer is here and mothers are probably facing a lot of difficulty getting their kids to eat their vegetables. Well as summer make its way, watermelon makes your job easier!

This blog post will look into the refreshing “watermelon” fruit and offer you a simple and fun idea that you can prepare for your kids to encourage them to eat their veggies.

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What’s so special about watermelon?

As you know watermelon comes in several shapes from round, oblong or spherical with either white, yellow or pink flesh colors. The flesh is made mostly of water, around 90% by weight with considerable amounts of sugar that makes up to 6% by weight. It provides around 30 kcal per 100 g and is an excellent source of vitamin C and potassium. Research has shown that it has a diuretic property and is rich in carotenoids and lycopene that are antioxidants. As you can see watermelon is a highly nutritious summer fruit. Mostly it’s eaten fresh or formed into smoothies, jams and sorbet. The seeds are also edible famously roasted, salted and eaten with drinks.

So how can it be used to encourage kids to eat their veggies?

Watermelon’s color, taste and texture make it a fun ingredient to add on salads or appetizers. It can be a great idea to entice your kids (see the below example). Watermelon can be added to cheese in a skewer alongside a green salad. You can either use feta cheese or halloum cheese with any vegetable combination of your choice. We recommend you use the following combination: purslane leaves, a variety of lettuce, mint leaves, feta cheese and watermelon cubes. Adding your child’s favorite dressing can work but a simple lemon oil or balsamic vinegar dressing with a pinch of powder mint on top is also a good idea.

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