Nothing screams summer and the Fourth of July like melons. Melons make for a refreshing and lower-calorie treat this time of year. Folic acid, potassium, vitamin C and fiber are just a few of the nutrients found in a variety of melons. Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian, Jen Haugen, will demonstrate to your audience how to choose a good melon, make a tasty, cool treat and discover the health benefits of melons.
Smell the cantaloupe. If it doesn’t have a smell, it likely
doesn’t have a taste either. You want a musky sweet smell.
Touch the cantaloupe. You want the skin to give a little, but
not feel mushy. Cantaloupe are high in beta-carotene and
This melon should have a golden color; brownish freckling is fine
and indicates a very sweet melon. Honeydew should have a
sweet smell. Excellent source of vitamin C.
Look for the “yellow belly”- a flatter yellowish spot, which
Indicates it sat on the vine to ripen. Watermelon is an excellent
source of vitamins A and C, as well as high in antioxidants.
All tropical fruits are a good source of fiber. Fiber
helps one feel full longer and less likely to overeat.
High-fiber foods may be beneficial for lowering the risk
for diabetes, heart disease and maintaining a healthy
This watermelon cooler is a refreshing drink for a hot summer day.
All you do:
Source: Cooking With Kids
Melon & Chicken Pasta Salad
Makes: 6 servings (1 1/3 cups each)
All You Need:
All You Do:
Nutrition Facts per Serving: 294 calories; 6 g fat (2 g sat, 1 g mono); 54 mg cholesterol; 633 mg sodium; 38 g carbohydrate; 4 g fiber; 3 g added sugars; 25 g protein
Jen Haugen represents Hy-Vee as a nutrition expert promoting healthy eating throughout the community. Jen is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.