Healthy Snack Ideas:Thirst Quenching Watermelon

Few snacks better suit high temps than watermelon, the quintessential summer fruit. Not only is watermelon rich in vitamins A and C, it’s also a good source of vitamins B1 and B6-oft overlooked nutrients that keep your energy up. And the high water content of the aptly named fruit keeps you hydrated in the summer heat. All in all, it’s a perfect complement to your every outdoor activity. Dress it up before you chomp it down; carve the rind into a basket to fill with melon and other complementary summer fruits, and you’ll have a good-looking treat that will make you feel great.

Watermelon Fruit Basket

Ingredients:
- 1 watermelon
- 1 cantaloupe
- 1 honeydew melon
- 1 lb. red or green grapes
- Raspberries, blueberries or strawberries for garnish

Tools:
- Large sharp knife
- Sharp paring knife
- Melon-baller (optional)

Preparation:
Find the horizontal mid-point of the watermelon. Insert large sharp knife approximately 1 inch above the mid-point. Cut horizontally around the melon, leaving a 2 inch width in the center (this will become the handle). Cut vertically down both sides of the 2 inch width to create a basket shape. Use the paring knife to create V-shaped notches all around the edge of the basket.

Dice the fruit of the melon (or use the melon-baller, if you prefer). Mix with diced (or balled) cantaloupe and honeydew melon, and green or red grapes. Fill the watermelon basket with the melon/grape mix. Garnish with berries of your choice.

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