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15 Smart Ways to Use Melon Before Summer Is Over
Amy Gorin Nutrition
Cantaloupe and Banana Nice Cream with Pistachios
This fruit-based "nice cream" is a nutritious alternative to ice cream. Cantaloupe is an excellent source of immunity-helping vitamin C, and bananas offer blood-pressure-helping potassium. The dessert is topped with Wonderful pistachios. They get their purple and green hues from antioxidants and supply protein, healthy fats, and fiber, which all help keep you full and satisfied.
Get the recipe: Cantaloupe and Banana Nice Cream with Pistachios
Nutrition à la Natalie
Summer Fruit Bruschetta
"It's almost impossible to find a bad watermelon this time of year, so why not take advantage and make this unique bruschetta?" says Natalie Rizzo, M.S., R.D., blogger at Nutrition à la Natalie. "Watermelon is at the peak of freshness, packed with nutrients and antioxidants and high in water to keep you hydrated all summer long. This deliciously fun appetizer is a healthy addition to any summer BBQ!"
Get the recipe: Summer Fruit Bruschetta
KISS in the Kitchen
Watermelon Jicama Pico de Gallo
No Nonsense Nutritionist
Say cheers to a sunny summer day! "Bellinis are traditionally made with peaches, but honeydew melon is perfectly sweet and juicy this time of year," says Jamila René, M.S., R.D., C.P.T., of No Nonsense Nutritionist. "Take your Bellini from classic to crave-worthy with this simple recipe."
Get the recipe: Honeydew Bellini
Grilled Watermelon and Avocado Salad with Lime and Feta
"You grill corn, burgers, and steaks, so why not grill melon?" says Abbey Sharp, R.D., owner of Abbey's Kitchen. "Grilling fruit brings out its natural sweetness. The sweet melon contrasts with the buttery avocado, tangy lime vinaigrette, and salty feta cheese in a summertime staple salad."
Get the recipe: Grilled Watermelon and Avocado Salad with Lime and Feta
The Domestic Dietitian
Cantaloupe Panzanella Salad
"This salad is the perfect healthy summer recipe," says Brynn McDowell, R.D., blogger at The Domestic Dietitian. "The cantaloupe provides a great source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that help protect your body against harmful free radicals. Combined with the health-boosting benefits of tomatoes, fresh herbs, and onions, this salad is a winning combination."
Get the recipe: Cantaloupe Panzanella Salad
Watermelon and Lemon Mint Ricotta Stacks
"These watermelon and lemon mint ricotta stacks are a fun, healthy, and delicious appetizer or snack for summer cookouts," says Jessica Fishman Levinson, M.S., R.D.N., owner of Nutritioulicious. "Thanks to the watermelon, they are super hydrating, which is perfect for the hot days of summer. Plus, they're rich in the antioxidants vitamin C and lycopene. Part-skim ricotta adds some protein without too many calories."
Get the recipe: Watermelon and Lemon Mint Ricotta Stacks
The Fit Cookie
Fun-Shape Fruit Kabobs
"This recipe is healthy because it's just fruit!" says Sarah Jane Parker, a certified personal trainer and blogger at The Fit Cookie. "It's a fun way to serve fruit for parties, BBQs, for kids' snacks, or just because. You can mix it up and include your favorite fruits."
Get the recipe: Fun-Shape Fruit Kabobs
Watermelon, Feta, and Basil
"We love this sweet, salty, and savory combination that's easy to make!" say Tammy Lakatos Shames, R.D.N., C.F.T., and Lyssie Lakatos, R.D.N., C.F.T., co-owners of Nutrition Twins and coauthors of The Nutrition Twins' Veggie Cure. "It's light and refreshing, and makes a great side or appetizer while also providing you with a natural sunscreen thanks to the watermelon's lycopene. And the vitamin C in the basil and watermelon will help to boost your immunity."
Get the recipe: Watermelon, Feta, and Basil
The Foodie Physician
Watermelon Basil Granita
Italian-inspired granitas are great light desserts. They're typically made with crushed ice, but this one is made with a frozen watermelon mixture. "This granita is perfect for summer," says Kaleigh McMordie, blogger at Lively Table. "It's sweetened only with real fruit for a low-calorie treat!"
Get the recipe: Watermelon Basil Granita
Nutrition Starring YOU
Sparkling Watermelon Mocktail
"This mocktail is light, refreshing, and contains only 25 calories," says Lauren Harris-Pincus, M.S., R.D.N., owner of Nutrition Starring YOU. "Muddling the watermelon brings out the juices to flavor the drink, and just a touch of lemonade gives it a zing. Of course, if you wish to make it a boozy evening, simply add a shot of your favorite single liquor such as vodka or rum. To keep your drink extra cold, try freezing cubes of watermelon and using them as a sweet substitute for ice."
Get the recipe: Sparkling Watermelon Mocktail
Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDE
Frosted Watermelon Pizza
"This 'pizza' can be made in under two minutes and provides a good source of fiber, protein, and antioxidants to keep you full and energized," says Erin Palinski-Wade, R.D., C.D.E., author of Belly Fat Diet for Dummies. "It makes the perfect addition to your next summer get-together as an easy way to add more color and produce to your plate."
Get the recipe: Frosted Watermelon Pizza
Craving Something Healthy
Fruit Salad Pudding
Add watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew to your dessert. "Not only this dessert is show-stoppingly gorgeous, it's light, refreshing, and packed with antioxidants," says Anne Danahy, R.D.N., blogger at Craving Something Healthy. "It's my dinner party version of fruit salad."
Get the recipe: Fruit Salad Pudding
Emily Kyle Nutrition
Pink Fresh Fruit Spring Rolls
"These pink fresh fruit spring rolls capture the flavor of summer in each bite," says Emily Cope-Kyle, M.S., R.D.N., owner and consulting dietitian at Emily Kyle Nutrition. "Naturally dyed with beet juice, these plant-based treats can be filled with your favorite fruit, like watermelon, strawberries, and blueberries. This is a refreshing, low-calorie dessert that is packed with vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber."
Get the recipe: Pink Fresh Fruit Spring Rolls