#NationalWatermelonDay

Happy Monday AND Happy August, Everyone!

I am really starting to LOVE these “national holidays” because they are such an awesome way to shoot you all deals and discounts as well as some of my favorite inexpensive recipes!

With that said, here we are on August 3, #nationalwatermelonday – the perfect summer fruit for BBQ consumption and everyday snacking. The Anders’ are no strangers to this giant, healthy, treat.

First and foremost, did you know that pound for pound, watermelons are one of the CHEAPEST fruits or vegetables you can buy? Whataboutwatermelon.com says that, like most produce, prices vary depending on the season, but that you can usually pick up a watermelon for much less than 1 dollar per pound! So, when your store is selling giant 12-pounders for $3.99 each, that’s only 33 cents a pound!

Pro tip: always buy these whole if you want your bang for your buck! The store will certainly upcharge you for pre-cubed or sliced watermelon. Isn’t cutting it up half the fun?!

Moving on…I thought that since watermelon is SUCH a crowd pleaser, that I’d share some of my favorite kid-friendly recipes to make watermelon even more fun to eat.

1) Watermelon Pizza – WHAT?! Yes, watermelon pizza.

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Watermelon Pizza [http://www.mrshappyhomemaker.com/fruit-pizza/]

This is so fun! If you slice up your watermelon into round circles, and the cut it up into 4 triangle slices, you’ve got yourself a personal watermelon pizza. Toppings? Easy! Top with your favorite fruits: bananas, strawberries, blueberries, etc. We love adding yogurt as well! Such a fun snack that the kids love putting together – great for pool days.

2) Watermelon Ice

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Watermelon Ice [http://www.tasteandtellblog.com/watermelon-ice/?crlt.pid=camp.wWBFUR1elAEN]

TasteAndTell totally crushes it with this recipe that’s fun for kids and adults alike! It’s as easy as it sounds. Cube up some watermelon and toss them in the freezer. Take them out and use them as ice cubes in water for a refreshing drink – I love it in seltzer too! It’s the perfect way for a ‘sweet’ drink without all the junk.

3) Fresh Watermelon Salsa

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Fresh Watermelon Salsa [http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/fresh-watermelon-salsa-64879.aspx?cm_mmc=Social-_-Pinterest-_-Ahalogy-_-43648#_a5y_p=1979041]

This is the perfect summer salsa recipe from Kraft! It’s super simple – chopper watermelon, chopped cucumbers, chopped red onions, cilantro, some dressing, and hot chiles to taste. Serve with tortilla chips (Check out my homemade tortilla chip recipe here!) for the perfect refreshing snack or appetizer! I find that this recipe is awesome for kids who are not quite on board with spicy flavors yet – you can tweak this to be as mild or hot as you please!

Hope this inspired all of you to take watermelon to the next level and celebrate #nationalwatermelonday! Have an awesome week 🙂

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