Hy-Vee at Midday: Ward off Wrinkles with Watermelon

By Christy Frese, Hy-Vee Dietitian

Ward Off Wrinkles with Watermelon!

Did you know watermelon is made up of 92% water? During these warm summer months it's important to stay hydrated. Watermelon may help keep you on task with your daily water intake as well as providing valuable low-calorie nutrition that keeps you feeling youthful and energetic. Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian, Christy, will show your audience some healthy and creative ways to add years to your life and watermelon to your picnic table!

Choose a GREAT melon EVERYTIME
Watermelons do not ripen or sweeten after harvesting. There are three keys to choosing a refreshingly sweet and juicy watermelon every time. Christy will show your audience three keys to look for.

Lycopene Leader
Watermelon is the leading source of lycopene, an antioxidant found in red-colored fruits, important for strengthening the elasticity of our skin tissues. Discover how to maximize your body's absorption of lycopene by combining certain foods.

Play with your food
Christy will show your audience adult and kid-friendly ways to enjoy the refreshing health benefits of watermelon this summer. A summer picnic isn't complete without little watermelon cakes or watermelon salsa!

Watermelon Salsa
(Serves 16 – ¼ cup each)
All you need:
2 cups chopped watermelon
2 kiwifruits, peeled, quartered and thinly sliced
1 cup diced strawberries
½ cup diced red onion
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
Juice of one lime

All you do:
1. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients.
2. Serve with baked pita chips, over chicken or fish or as a refreshing salad alongside a sandwich.

Nutrition Facts per serving: 20 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 4 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 0 g protein, Vitamin C 30%.

Frosted Watermelon Shapes
All you need:
1 medium seedless watermelon
1 (7 oz) jar marshmallow cream
3 oz Hy-Vee reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
50 blueberries, optional

All you do:
1. Using a cookie cutter, cut shapes out of ½-inch to ¾-inch-thick slices of watermelon. Place watermelon shapes on a paper towel-lined plate. Set aside.
2. With an electric mixer, mix marshmallow cream and cream cheese until smooth.
3. Spread about 1 tsp of cream cheese mixture over each star to frost. Top each with a blueberry, if desired.

Nutrition Facts per serving: 40 calories, .5 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 25 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrates, 0 g fiber, 6 g sugar, 0 g protein.

Daily Values: 2% vitamin A, 2% vitamin C, 0% calcium, 0% iron.

Christy Frese represents Hy-Vee as a nutrition expert promoting healthy eating throughout the community. Christy is a member of the American Dietetic Association.
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