Eat Well On the Go

May 14, 2018

A packed schedule often leads to less meals around the table. Between balancing family, friends, work and activities, it can be easy to reach for a pre-packaged snack on-the-go that lacks important vitamins and nutrients.

 

Instead, when looking for portable, grab-and- go foods, think about a multi-purpose treat like watermelon. Not only can watermelon be diced, sliced, balled or blended, it also provides numerous health benefits. Watermelon contains higher levels of lycopene than any other fresh fruit or vegetable and is a source of vitamins A and C, as well as vitamin B6 and potassium.

 

Thinking beyond traditional slices, chunks or balls, there are many ways to incorporate watermelon into some of your favorite to-go meals, whether as a side dish or a key ingredient in beverages, salads or wraps. For example, these recipes for Watermelon and Bulgur Wheat Salad and Watermelon Collagen Creamsicle from the National Watermelon Promotion Board can help satisfy your sweet tooth and provide necessary nutrients while tackling the next task on your to-do list.

 

Find more watermelon recipes perfect for an on-the-go lifestyle at watermelon.org.

 

 

Watermelon and Bulgur Wheat Salad 

Serves 4 

 

4 cups seedless watermelon, cubed

2 cups cooked bulgur wheat

2 cups arugula

2 cups grape tomatoes, halved 

1/4 cup chopped mint 

Shaved pecorino romano cheese, to taste

 

Dressing:

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1 garlic clove, crushed

1 tablespoon honey

Salt and black pepper

 

In a large serving bowl, combine watermelon, bulgur wheat, arugula, grape tomatoes, and chopped mint. 

 

To make dressing: In liquid measuring cup, whisk olive oil, vinegar, garlic, honey, salt, and pepper until well combined. 

 

Just before serving, pour dressing over salad and toss to combine. Top with shaved pecorino and season, to taste. Serve immediately. 

 

 

Watermelon Collagen Creamsicle 

 

2 cups cubed watermelon

2 rounded tablespoons collagen

2 tablespoons heavy cream

 

 

In blender, combine watermelon, collagen, and heavy cream; blend. Pour in glass to serve. 

 

 

 

Wrap it up! Wraps are a perfect on-the-go snack and are easily customizable. Get started with one of these varieties from the National Watermelon Promotion Board, or create your own combination. Start with a spread to help the fillings stick together. Place toppings in the center of a tortilla and a watermelon spear on top. Roll the tortilla over the watermelon spear to tuck in all ingredients. Fasten with a toothpick, if needed. 

 

Watermelon Sandwich Wraps

 

1 wheat, flour, corn, spinach, or sun-dried tomato tortilla

2-4 teaspoons chive cream cheese, hummus, guacamole, or Greek yogurt

5-8 slices turkey, ham, chicken, roast beef or pepperoni

1 watermelon spear, about 1/2-inch thick, 1-inch wide 

2-4 teaspoons BBQ sauce, ranch, pesto, Thai peanut sauce, teriyaki, salsa, or sweet chili and ginger

2-4 slices feta, pepperjack, Swiss, or mozzarella cheese 

 

Toppings:

watercress

olives

scallions

cilantro

romaine

Bibb lettuce

jalapeños

fresh mint

basil 

shredded carrots

Brussels sprouts

cucumber slices

bacon

pine nuts

 

English Tea Sandwich Wrap: Flour tortilla, chive cream cheese, ham, watermelon, watercress

 

Greek Wrap: Tortilla, plain Greek yogurt, feta cheese, watermelon, black olives

 

Latin Watermelon Wrap: Flour tortilla, guacamole, ham, watermelon, pepper jack cheese, cilantro, scallions, jalapenos

 

Southwest Chicken Wrap: Corn or flour tortilla, guacamole, chicken, watermelon, salsa, bacon ranch dressing, pepper jack cheese, romaine lettuce

 

Watermelon Caprese Wrap: Flour tortilla, pepperoni, watermelon, pesto, mozzarella cheese, basil

 

Thai Peanut Chicken Wrap: Corn tortilla, chicken, watermelon, Thai peanut sauce, Bibb lettuce, carrots, cilantro

 

Southwest Veggie Wrap: Spinach tortilla, guacamole, watermelon, barbecue ranch dressing, swiss cheese, cucumber, cilantro

 

Mid-Eastern Veggie Wrap: Corn tortilla, Hummus with pine nuts, watermelon, mint, cucumber slices

 

Ginger Chicken Wrap: Wheat wrap, chicken, watermelon, teriyaki ginger sauce, sweet chili and ginger sauce, Bibb lettuce, Brussels sprouts

 

Hawaiian Wrap: Spinach wrap, pineapple cream cheese, ham, watermelon, sweet chili and ginger sauce, cilantro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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