This week both my children started their new dance classes here in California.  We ended up getting to class late and I didn’t have a chance to talk to the instructors beforehand.  After class was done both of the instructors came out to find me.  They wanted to let me know that my children had turned down the candy they had offered them.  They were both surprised that a 4 and 5 year old would turn down candy.  I explained that we ‘eat clean’ and my children understand that candy is not good for their bodies.  They both asked what ‘clean eating’ was and I explained a bit about it to both of them.  How it involves eating as close to nature as possible and avoiding processed foods, etc.  Sometimes I get so involved with coming up with the next recipes that I forget about the main principles of eating clean.  Right now, in the heart of summer, there are tons of delicious fruits and veggies that are in season.  One of my favorite is watermelon.  My favorite way to eat it? All by itself!  While this is hardly a recipe, it’s more of a reminder that nature provides so many wonderful options for us to eat.  My kids loved putting the sticks in the watermelon slices and eating them like a ‘popsicle’!  This was our dessert for both lunch and dinner!  YUM!

Ingredients:

  • 1 watermelon (seeded or seedless - your choice)
  • 40 popsicle sticks

Preparation:

  1. Cut the watermelon into slices (I made mine into triangles) and keep them about 1/2 inch in thickness.
  2. Make a slit in the bottom rind of the watermelon and insert the popsicle stick.

Nutritional Info:

Makes about 40 servings.

Serving size 1 slice.

Nutrients per serving: Calories: 42, Cal. from Fat: 2, Total Fat: 0g, Sat. Fat: 0g, Carbs: 11g, Fiber: .5g, Sugars: 9g, Protein: 1g, Sodium: 1.5mg, Chol: 0mg

Notes:

Store leftover watermelon in an airtight container (or wrapped in plastic wrap) in the fridge for up to 5 days.

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