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3 Easy Watermelon Treats To Beat The Heat This Summer

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Watermelon is the fruit superstar in the summer. If you’ve only eaten it as is until now, maybe it’s time to spice things up! It may seem eccentric at first sight, but you’ll love these fresh ways to eat watermelon!

Let’s talk about this sweet, refreshing fruit, which represents the epitome of summer!

Watermelon is now the most-consumed type of melon in the US, according to Mercola. Maybe because it has more than 91 percent water and is refreshing in the summer. I usually eat it as is. When I want to lose some pounds, I replace dessert with a couple of watermelon wedges! It makes me feel full and alleviates my cravings for something sweet.

If the thought of cutting it into slices or cubes sounds boring, try other inspired ways to eat watermelon.

Different ways to eat watermelon

Watermelon sandwiches

When I was a child, my grandmother used to eat watermelon with bread. As simple as that! Of course, I tried this combo too. When I grew up I improved this mix: I kept the watermelon, and I experimented with different types of bread. That moment, I realized that watermelon is perfect for sandwiches!

You can try whatever you want with watermelon: seed bread and goat cheese; whole wheat bread with cream cheese and pieces of grilled chicken; and toast with mozzarella, lettuce, and cucumber. You can create the combinations!

Do you want to experiment even more with that juicy watermelon? Grill it! Yes, you heard that right! Slice it and put it on the grill as is or add some spices. Sea salt, cayenne pepper, lime, and mint work with the watermelon’s sweet taste.

When you make sandwiches, don’t forget about pita and ciabatta!

You can also make Mexican grilled chicken tacos with watermelon salsa.

Watermelon salty salads

To me, the classic watermelon salad has this hydrating fruit, cheese, baby spinach, and walnuts! Some olive oil and lime juice complete the taste!

But there are many other salads you can try! Mix and match any foods, because watermelon is an amazing fruit that works with many kinds of vegetables, dairy, eggs, and meats.

Keep the watermelon as the main ingredient and play with the others: grilled chicken breast or beef, blue cheese, goat cheese, ricotta, mozzarella, lettuce, baby spinach, arugula, walnuts, sliced almonds, pumpkin seeds, fresh mint, fresh basil, shrimp, cucumber, grilled zucchini. Make your own salad, like a real chef. If you want, give it a name and serve it to your friends when they’re visiting you!

Watermelon and mixed tomato salad with feta cheese.

Amazing drinks

No need saying that you can make incredible drinks using watermelon. Besides its subtle – but unmistakable! – taste, watermelon will give your drinks a wonderful pink color.

Think about watermelon lemonade! Combine it with other fruit and vegetables to make nutritious juices. Blend the watermelon and mix it with carrot juice, apple juice, or coconut water.

You can also prepare alcoholic cocktails. For example, watermelon mojitos! Usually, this cocktail is made with brown sugar. But because the watermelon is very sweet, you can skip the sugar in this refreshing drink.

Vodka, tequila, and triple sec blend well with watermelon juice too! This summer, experiment with these combinations and add, to taste, cranberry, blackberry, raspberry or lime juices, any frozen berries, lime slices, and mint leaves. Oh, and don’t forget ice cubes! You can make tremendous drinks!

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Article by Ruxandra Grecu from So Delicious. View the original article here.

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Culture Humor Video

4th Of July Video Captures Food And Fireworks Exploding In Beautiful Slow-Motion

July 4th is nearly upon us and, while it’s locked in the middle of the workweek, it doesn’t mean we can’t get weird and fun with the national holiday.

You may remember director David Ma from his many food series such as Superhero Hands and Jeff’s Table.

As a tribute to Independence Day, the director celebrates July 4th in what he feels is the most “AMERICA way possible” — combining food and fireworks.

Watch as traditional 4th of July picnic foods like hot dogs, watermelon, and Jell-O explode to the National Anthem.

Ma told Foodbeast:

“This was a personal project and ode to my favorite 4th of July foods with fireworks I was never allowed to play with as a kid.”

The director revealed that the foods chosen were not only iconic to Independence Day picnics, but items that would also yield to beautiful explosions in slow motion.

“I had a small but brilliant team who made all this happen. Brett Long was our food stylist who worked in tandem with Mike Quattrocchi (our fireworks technician) to attach M80 and mortar fireworks to watermelons, potato salad, Jell-O molds and hot dogs for precision in our blasts. For the set decoration and propping, Chuck Willis and Melissa Stammer brought to life my vision for the tabletops, which was a kitschy Americana ’80s feel.”


Remember kids, DO NOT try this at home. As this behind-the-scenes pic shows, the explosions were very real.

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Drinks Fast Food Sweets What's New

Is Taco Bell’s New Watermelon Freeze With Candy ‘Seeds’ THE Summer Drink Of 2018?

Last year, baking maestro Dominique Ansel wowed the world with a watermelon soft serve, contained within in a real watermelon boat dotted with “seeds” made of chocolate. Drawing upon such ingenuity, Taco Bell just created a drink called the Watermelon Freeze that looks like the summer drink of 2018.

watermelon freeze

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The slushy drink itself consists of a watermelon-flavored freeze base. There’s also “seeds” on the inside of the drink, but they’re actually made out of candy. They’re on the larger side, but the freeze is going to come with a larger green straw that you can use to suck them out like tapioca pearls.

Taco Bell’s Watermelon Freeze isn’t exactly like Ansel’s soft serve, seeing as it’s not ice cream and doesn’t come with a hunk of fresh fruit. The play on seeds from both Ansel and the taco titan, though, are pretty cool visual tricks that make it look like you’re eating (or drinking, in Taco Bell’s case) a real watermelon.

It’s definitely going to be a visual stunner, but also is perfect to chill you down during the warm summer months.

Those wanting to snag the drink can find it now nationwide at $2.29 for a regular and $2.59 for a large. If you go between 2 and 5 p.m. for “Happier Hour,” the Watermelon Freeze’s price drops down to just a buck.

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Hacks Video

This Simple Watermelon Hack Will Blow Your Mind And Impress Your Guests

YouTuber Dave Hax is a walking encyclopedia of food hacks. With more than 3.3 million subscribers on his YouTube channel, it’s safe to say Dave knows what he’s talking about. He’s hacked everything, showing us the most efficient way to slice cherry tomatoes, and the fastest ways to peel potatoes.

For this week’s hack, Dave showed us how to hollow out a watermelon — simply by using a pineapple slicer. By cutting off one end, and placing the blade onto the fruit and twisting, Dave was able to extract a good portion of the watermelon, without damaging any of the fruit. Since watermelon is a very fragile fruit once removed from the rind, this is an excellent way to consider slicing watermelon.

Once the watermelon is hollowed out, the possibilities of what to put in it are essentially limitless. Add a mixture of juices for a tropical fruit punch, which a few shots of alcohol can turn into a refreshing summer cocktail.

Whatever you decided to do, just be sure to thank Dave.

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Health Science

Watch The Surprising Way How Seedless Watermelons Are Grown

Summer is in full force and we’re looking for any sort of way to cool ourselves down. This includes slicing up some juicy seedless watermelon. As you sink your teeth into the cool, refreshing fruit, have you ever wondered how a watermelon without those pesky black seeds is achieved?

True Foods created a video that explains exactly how one gets a watermelon completely free of pesky seeds thanks to a naturally occurring chemical called colchicine. While toxic in high doses, small amounts can create something quite magical.

What colchicine does is interfere with normal cell division. When colchicine is applied to watermelon seeds or directly to the plant itself, twice the amount of chromosomes will appear in the female flowers. Once fertilized with pollen from a normal flower plant, you get seedless watermelons.

Check out True Food’s video for a detailed explanation of the science behind seedless watermelons.

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Drinks

Starbucks Adds A Stunning Watermelon Tea We Need To Try NOW

With all the wacky Starbucks concoctions hitting the US, we can’t help but feel overwhelmed deciding what to order on our next trip to the coffee shop.

On the other side of the world, Starbucks Japan just released an elegant new summer drink. Unlike the recent mythical creature-themed Frappuccino’s we’ve been saturated with, this tea has the advantage of simplicity on its side.

The new Shaken Watermelon and Passion Tea combines watermelon juice with Starbucks’ Teavana Passion Tea. The result is a combination of watermelon, papaya, mango, lemongrass, and hibiscus flower flavors over a mound of ice. Starbucks’ new drink is served with a slice of freeze-dried lime.

That’s it. There are no cupcakes or a mountain of multicolored whipped cream. Simple and refreshing.

Patrons in Japan can find the new drink at participating Starbucks locations now through the end of August. I wonder if there’s a way to recreate this drink here in the US?

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Sweets

Dominique Ansel Debuts A Gorgeous Watermelon Soft Serve That Screams Summer

Dominique Ansel never runs short on innovative, eye-catching dessert creations, so while this new watermelon soft serve should come as no surprise, it is still beautiful, and looks like something to put on your dessert bucket list.

Ansel’s bakery in Tokyo, Japan introduced their new What-a-Melon Soft Serve to commemorate its two-year anniversary. The house-made watermelon soft serve, with beautiful ripples accenting its beauty, is served inside a slice of watermelon, securing the cold treat like a wallet.

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No, you’re not going crazy, those freakishly giant watermelon seeds aren’t real, but instead are chocolate versions. To finish off the refreshing treat, the bakery provides some sea salt to top the whole thing with, at your leisure.

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Features

10 Things To Grill This Summer That Aren’t Meat

Summer is creeping up on us faster than a cell phone salesman at the mall kiosk and we’re going to have to figure out what to cook once we fire up those grills.

While burgers, hot dogs, steaks, and chicken are always a safe bet, sometimes guests will want something a little more than just meat.

We dug around and found 10 different things you can throw on the grill that doesn’t require any meat. Happy grilling, everyone!


Veggies

Photo: Bush’s BBQ Boot Camp

Yeah, you could steam your veggies and they’ll probably be slightly healthier for you. OR you could throw them on a white-hot grill and get a satisfying char to them as smoke and fire come together to create one hell of a vegetable dish.

A little lemon juice and salt also goes a long way here, BTW.

Corn

Grilled corn is a pretty big staple when it comes to barbecue. The ears cook until about half of the kernels are browned and blackened. Then you just allow a pat of butter to melt directly onto the surface.

Growing up in a Vietnamese household, we were also partial to this green onion oil that we would just slather onto grilled corn. It was divine.

Pizza

If you’re a fan of wood-fired pizza, you can actually create a makeshift wood-fire oven with your grill. If you’re worried about your pizza dough melting through the grate, however, YouTuber DaveHax came up with a solution to keep this from happening.

Simply take a cupcake tin and let your pizza sit on top of it as you grill. The dough should hold steady and the prevent any spillage. The result: a nice and smokey pizza deserving of your tastebuds.

Mushrooms

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Even though a thick mushroom cap can’t compare to a juicy cut of steak, it’s still a pretty decent alternative to meat. You can grill up a bunch of small white button mushrooms or a few slices of portobello at once.

Once they’re browned, drizzle a little olive oil on top with a tiny pinch of salt and you’re ready to cut into these aromatic fungi.

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

They don’t call it grilled cheese for nothing. While the majority of the world makes their grilled cheese straight up on the stove top, culinary guru Alton Brown actually grills his grilled cheese.

While a tedious process for such a simple dish, Brown claims this will drastically improve your cheese sandwich. Check out the video above to see a step-by-step rundown.

Tofu

Need a meatless substitute to get your protein fix? Slice up some tofu bricks and light them up. Just make sure to properly grease your grate, or your tofu will end up a sticky mess. Keep it cooking until it’s nicely charred and brown. The crispy exterior will add a nice texture that complements the soft interior of the tofu.

Avocados

Avocados are one of the most addicting fruits around. We can throw them on pretty much anything and it’ll taste better. Recently, we had the pleasure of tasting oakwood-smoked avocados and it was one of the best variations of the fruit we’ve had the pleasure of putting into our mouths. If you don’t have the equipment and patience to smoke an avocado, however, grilling it may be the next best thing.

Chile Relleno

Photo: Bush’s BBQ Boot Camp

A different take on the classic chile relleno: simply mix together some corn, beans, peppers, and cilantro inside a hollowed out chile. Before adding the stuffing, char your pepper a bit to give it some flavor. Now you can fill it with your medley of ingredients and some cheese on top.

Toss it on the grill just long enough for your cheese to melt, encompassing your beans and peppers. It tastes pretty damn good.

Watermelon Slices

As a quick and easy palette cleaners in between all the heavy BBQ items this summer, you can toss a few slices of watermelon directly onto the grill. You’ll only want them on long enough to get a nice sear and a smokey flavor. Sprinkle a little sea salt on your melon and enjoy a refreshing bite.

Dessert

Looking for something a little sweet to close out your backyard BBQ? A while back, Foodbeast came up with three different desserts that could be made directly on any grill. We’ve got banana boat s’mores, chocolate churro quesadillas, and strawberry shortcake kebabs.

Check out the video to see how we whipped up these desserts.