Summer means eating a lot of fresh, cold slices of watermelon. Kids love to eat every last bite of the pink fruit, before getting to the rind. Watermelon is a tasty treat, full of vitamins and actual water. And it is always fun to eat a slice on its own. Watermelon makes a great addition to any meal, and serves as a welcome snack or dessert too.

There are many ways to incorporate watermelon as a snack. It has recently become a nice carb substitute, and made even more fun by adding a simple stick to a slice. Here are some ways to bump up the use of watermelon at snack time this summer.

Watermelon Pizza: This recipe tops the watermelon slices with feta cheese, olives and mint, but any toppings could be used. Tomatoes and mozzarella, or pineapple and turkey would be good too!

Watermelon Cake: The flesh of the watermelon is cut into the shape of a cake, and topped with coconut cream, fruit and nuts. Traditional frosting and sprinkles could also be used. Or whipped cream and berries would make a nice shortcake as well. Watermelon Popsicles: Watermelon slices and popsicle sticks take this fruit to another level! The pops can also be frozen for an even more refreshing treat.

Watermelon Sandwiches: Thin slices of watermelon serve as the bread, holding creamy fillings. Options include yogurt, cream cheese and other soft cheeses. The spread can be topped with fruit, veggies, nuts or seasonings.

Watermelon Wands: The fruit can be cut into any shape with a cookie cutter, and placed on the end of a skewer or lollipop stick. Berries can be added to this magical treat too.

Watermelon Sticks: Just cutting the watermelon in a new way can bump up the enjoyment and ease of eating it. Use cool cookie cutters or cut into thin strips.

Whatever shape watermelon takes, it is sure to be fun and delicious!

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Rachel Teichman is the founder of OOGIAH, an online resource for Jewish families who are moving or traveling throughout the US. The site includes a blog full of creative ways for families to cook, craft and play together. Rachel has also edited the SF Bay Area family events calendar for Red Tricycle, along with writing about family-friendly restaurants. She is a mother of two, and she loves to bake scones! You can find out more about her here.

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