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Healthy Obsession: Watermelon Everything

Summer came on fast and furiously here in the Washington, DC area — as it always does. And right on schedule, I found myself standing in the produce aisle on my weekly trip to the grocery store drooling over the watermelon stand. Nothing says summer like watermelon.

But here’s the funny part … when I was younger, I was so not into watermelon. It wasn’t until an early-September (and very hot and insanely humid) half marathon in 2013 when I was handed a piece of watermelon at the finish and thought to myself “my goodness, where has this deliciousness been all my life?” that I turned a corner. It was seriously like I had never had a watermelon prior to that moment.

Now, I crave watermelon pretty much all summer long but particularly after my longer runs. Some days, I swear, I’d eat a whole watermelon by myself if you left me alone long enough. So damn refreshing with tons of great benefits!

Part of the magic is in picking the right watermelon. And this is the part I’ve got down to a T.

How to Pick the Perfect Melon

In some ways, the trick is in looking for the not-so-pretty watermelons in the bunch. For example, you don’t want one that has a shiny surface. Look for a dull one with a creamy yellow (not white) field spot — this is the mark left where the watermelon was resting on the ground.

The surface should be firm with no irregular bumps, and there shouldn’t be a dull thud sound when you knock on it. Pick the heaviest melon for its size — a good indicator that you’ve got a juicy melon on your hands.

Watermelon, Watermelon Everywhere

Okay, so now you’re picked a good one. What should you do with it? I’ve totally got you covered there too. Here’s some of my favorite recipes to put that melon to good use. Enjoy!

Where my watermelon fans at? How do you like it — straight-up or in a delicious dish? —Alison

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  1. Susan says:

    Ooh, watermelon is delicious! Smoothies and sorbet, I regularly cook from watermelon, and the rest of the recipes I need to try.

  2. Priyanka R says:

    Nice Post, I am totally appreciate with this blog because this blog provide info about health.

  3. Agree with your points. Watermelon is really a good for health.

  4. I could eat an entire watermelon in one sitting! I love watermelon with fresh mint leaves blended together. Or the same thing but frozen.

  5. Ktlhnk says:

    Thank you for the healthy topic 🙂

    I am obsessed this issue, check for more if you like,


  6. kevin says:

    Amazing article! Watermelon is really a good for health. Thanks for sharing such an valuable article.

  7. wow, Never knew how to choose the perfect melon, thanks a ton. You can visit our health blog for all health-related posts

  8. Thanks for this amazing post on watermelon

  9. Caroline says:

    Very interesting post!!! I never thought in this way that watermelon has so many benefits. I would love to follow your instructions.

  10. Doris john says:

    Wow…I love watermelon 🙂 Thank you for sharing useful information with us…Nice post. keep it up..!!

  11. I am very much agreed to your poin. Watermealon is one of the most healthyest thing for the body.

  12. Pitter says:

    Awesome post, I like it!

  13. Kelly Harrington says:

    Hey Alison,
    Thanks for this article. A couple of my sisters have been using smoothies for their cleanses. I am not as serious as they are however, I did a few modifications on my own during the week of Thanksgiving since I was off work. I know that I don’t eat enough veggies, so I thought I’d cram a bunch into a blender and see what concoction would come out. I used kale, spinach, raw beet, carrots, and ginger. YEP, you guessed it, it was awful! (Not to mention way too thick). I decided to add a banana and then watermelon. WOW! That was a game changer! I am now hooked on the spinach, kale and watermelon smoothie. It is fantastic! I cannot wait to try out some of your recipes. Thanks again!

  14. As for the summer vacation, I think of the beach, the coconuts and the watermelons. A glass cocktail of Watermelon-Mint Margarita is a good idea or a watermelon salad is also great, thanks for your post.

  15. Nice post!! I think we already know what you have posted but you made it some new way. Thanks for sharing with us:)

  16. In the summer season, watermelon is a favorite for cooling the body. Removes all toxins and fills with vitamins.

  17. Its looks delicious ! Watermelon is really a good for health .Thank you for sharing

  18. Floranet says:

    I read a lot of blog posts!! This is great content work.

  19. Very nice. I thought not many knew how to pick a riped water melon.

    Only riped melons have a yellowish to dark yellowish spot where they were resting on the ground. Unriped ones will be white (relatively) in the same spot. About the sound, i tried, but couldn’t really find the difference. I am not an expert in that.

    Short but informative article.
    Thank you,
    Dr. Karthik Gunasekaran

  20. By the way, i forgot to mention that Watermelon seeds are a good source of Zinc which is very beneficial for men.

    Dr. Karthik Gunasekaran

  21. Thank you so much for sharing this great information with us. this information very helpful for us.

  22. Watermelons are really great for Health.

  23. Dine In says:

    thanks for sharing this information.

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  25. Hey Alison,

    Thanks for the great post.

  26. very interesting information, I really like it because it can add insight for me more broadly, thank you very much for this extraordinary information

  27. UKC says:

    What a great post!

  28. I am appreciate to this article. Watermelon is good to health thanks for sharing valuable information

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