12 wonderful ways to celebrate National Watermelon Day

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Happy National Watermelon Day, folks! No other produce screams summer quite like watermelon.

It might be its refreshing sweetness, or even the burst of color it adds color to your plate. Either way, there's more to watermelon than just its flavor. The juicy fruit has some powerful health benefits.

First off, watermelon truly lives up to it's name. It's 91.5 % water, making it one of the most hydrating foods. Not only that, but did you know that one cup of watermelon gets you more lycopene than a large red tomato? This powerful antioxidant may help fight lung disease and certain kinds of cancer.

Then there's the juice. Drinking it may help sore muscles research shows. Don't forget, about the rinds! You can eat them! Watermelon rinds are chock-full of a natural substance called citrulline which may help lower blood pressure. There are actually two varieties of watermelon: the crimson sweet (the regular pink kind) and the yellow crimson which has a sunny interior and a sweeter honey-like taste.

We've rounded up the best watermelon recipes to help you celebrate this perfect summer holiday:

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12 wonderful ways to celebrate National Watermelon Day

Watermelon White Wine Spritzer

Just use your favorite white wine, watermelon chunks, club soda, and sweeten with some agave nectar. Fresh, delicious, and easy. The best way to prolong summer.

Photo Credit: The Cookie Rookie 

Watermelon Jelly

You know the saying when life gives you lemons... make lemonade. Well, when life gives you a gigantic watermelon….make watermelon jelly!

Photo Credit: Aimee Broussard 

Watermelon Salad with Sweet and Spicy Vinaigrette

The flavor of sweet watermelon is perfectly complimented by salty olives and creamy goat cheese in this refreshing salad.

Photo Credit: An Edible Mosaic 

Watermelon Carrot Radish Juice

The addition of radish and carrot ups the nutrition content of this juice making it healthy and nourishing as well. Serve this juice in the morning along with your breakfast to give your day a refreshing start.

Photo Credit: Archana's Kitchen 

Watermelon Ice Popsicles

Popsicles are a great low-fat sweet snacks flavored with the natural sweetness of the fresh watermelon. You can freeze popsicles in popsicle molds or even in the standard ice cube trays as well.

Photo Credit: Archana's Kitchen 

Watermelon and Cucumber Gazpacho

Gazpacho is a traditional Spanish soup made of raw vegetables and served cold, usually with a tomato base. This soup makes healthy and refreshing weekday lunch or summer party appetizer as well.

Photo Credit: Archana's Kitchen 

Watermelon Caprese with Balsamic Reduction

Celebrate the end of summer with this recipe. It literally will take you all of 10 minutes, and it will fly off the table. Drizzled with super delish extra virgin olive and a 25 year old balsamic (reduction), this is sweet and savory bliss.

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Watermelon Mint Cooler

The watermelon is best frozen to get that frothy consistency but fresh watermelon will also work. The coconut water is optional, without it the cooler will be thicker, but it gives an added layer of taste.

Photo Credit: Veggies Don't Bite

Watermelon Donuts

Keep the oven turned off and watch your watermelon go from fruit to donuts in almost an instant!

Photo Credit: Fork and Beans

Watermelon Salsa

Oh, and you know what really takes it over the top? Mixing it with guacamole! You may get addicted. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Photo Credit: Neighborfood 

Watermelon Granita

The combo of icy cold Watermelon shavings with the sweet bite of chocolate chips, balanced by the rich splash of cream is beyond decadent!

Photo Credit: Oh Bite It! 

Watermelon + Raspberry Sorbet Sandwiches

Somewhere between the last few bites of the meal and fetching everyone another beer from the cooler, slip in the kitchen and assemble these sandwiches. You can wrap them in plastic wrap and store them for about 30 minutes or so.

Photo Credit: Dessert For Two 

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