Summer sun means it’s time for warm-weather fun for kids of all ages, and all that activity and playing calls for snacks and hydration to recharge. Whether your children like to play poolside or take a bicycle adventure through the neighborhood, the right nutrient-dense foods can keep the fun going all day long.
For an option that quenches hunger (and thirst) without sacrificing nutrition, try an assortment of ways to enjoy watermelon. As a refreshing ingredient or standalone treat, watermelon includes just 80 calories and no fat while providing an excellent source of vitamin C (25%) and higher levels of lycopene (12.7 mg per two-cup serving). Plus, it’s made of 92% water, meaning it’s a flavorful way to encourage kids to rehydrate during some fun in the sun.
watermelon balls, skewered
flower-shaped watermelon cutouts
peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, halved
ham and cheese pinwheels
sliced veggies, such as cucumbers, carrots, sweet peppers and celery
small bowl of candy (optional)
Prepare watermelon, sandwiches, pinwheels, veggies, fruit, pretzels, crackers and candy, if desired.
On large board or platter, arrange all ingredients.
For more kid-friendly recipe ideas, visit www.watermelon.org/.
— National Watermelon Promotion Board