Watermelon season

Fix Your Plate by Tara Reeves

Is there anything better than sinking your teeth into a big, juicy watermelon when the sun is blazing? Not only does this amazing fruit keep you cool, but it’s also loaded with vitamins, minerals and good-for-you stuff that’ll give your health a boost. And guess what? There are so many mouth watering recipes you can whip up with watermelon. Let’s chat about why watermelon is the bomb and check out a few super-easy recipes you gotta try this summer.

Watermelons aren’t just tasty, they’re a total nutrition powerhouse! Packed with vitamins A, C and B6, plus potassium, magnesium, lycopene (a fancy word for a powerful antioxidant) and fibre, watermelon is the real deal. It’s like a superhero for your body! These awesome nutrients do all sorts of cool things, like fighting inflammation, keeping your blood pressure in check, helping with digestion (say goodbye to tummy troubles!), giving you gorgeous skin and hair, boosting your immune system, helping you shed some pounds, keeping your energy levels up all day long, and even taking care of your peepers. And get this, watermelon is low in calories but high in fibre, so it’s like a guilt-free snack. Win-win!

Alright, are you ready for some drool-worthy ideas that’ll make your taste buds go wild? Brace yourself for these mouthwatering watermelon creations:

Watermelon Salad

Say adios to boring salads and get ready for a flavour explosion! Just chop up some juicy, seedless watermelon into cubes, crumble in some tangy Violife feta cheese, sprinkle in fresh mint leaves, and drizzle a little olive oil on top. Boom! You’ve got yourself a refreshing salad that’s perfect for picnics and BBQ parties.

Grilled Watermelon

Who says watermelon can’t hit the grill? Take thick slices of seedless watermelon, brush ‘em lightly with oil, and throw ‘em on the grill over medium heat. Wait until you see those beautiful grill marks on both sides, then drizzle on some honey or agave nectar for that sweet, smoky perfection. Trust us, your taste buds will do a happy dance!

Watermelon Juice

Want something to quench your thirst? Whip up a homemade watermelon juice that’s as easy as it is tasty. Toss chunks of watermelon into a blender, blend until smooth, and if you want it smoother, strain it through a sieve. Sip it solo or get creative and use it as a base for mocktails. Either way, you’ll be sippin’ on pure summer bliss!

So, grab a juicy watermelon, channel your inner chef, and get ready to beat the heat with my favourite watermelon recipe (below). Your taste buds and body will be forever grateful! Enjoy the summer vibes with these delicious watermelon treats.

Watermelon Sorbet

Serves 4 

6 cups watermelon, cubed & frozen

1 ½ cup banana, sliced & frozen

½  lime, juiced

1 tbsp. maple syrup

Instructions

1. Slice the watermelon and banana and place in the freezer till frozen.

2. In a high-power blender, add the frozen watermelon, frozen banana, lime juice and maple syrup. Blend until smooth.

3. Transfer the mixture into a freezer-safe container and freeze overnight or for about 3-4 hours, until solid.

4. Allow to thaw for a few minutes before serving.