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When The New York Time's Well blog recently reported that researchers found watermelon contained high amounts of lycopene, the antioxidant associated with lowering blood pressure and reducing risk of stroke, it felt a little bit like Christmas in July. The glorious fact that something that tastes so incredible can also be super good for you is definitely worth celebrating. Here are 5 healthy watermelon recipes to try for a nutritional boost.

Herb Watermelon Feta Salad

Playing up the righteous combo of salty and sweet, this pretty salad makes for a perfect partner for BBQ ribs or Grilled Five Spice Chicken. Pro tip: If you're craving a richer note, be sure and look for imported Greek feta made with sheep's milk. It's got a creamier texture, yet contains fewer calories and less fat.

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Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

Julia's Watermelon Gazpacho

Chili peppers bring the heat, and you can adjust the fiery ingredient by adding a little or a lot, remembering that your body loves it when you sweat. Pro tip: The flavors deepen if you let this chilled soup sit in the fridge for a few hours or overnight.

Julia's Watermelon Gazpacho
Photo by lutzflcat

Watermelon Fire and Ice Salsa

What happens when you swap out the tomatoes and use watermelon instead? A fruity salsa that's begging for a spot in your regular snack rotation. Pro tip: Make it truly lean by serving baked tortilla chips for dipping.

Watermelon Fire and Ice Salsa
Watermelon Fire and Ice Salsa | Photo by CookinBug

Chef John's Watermelon Agua Fresca

Just say ahhhh, this refreshing sipper has roots in Spain, where sandia is essential part of summer suppers. It's so simple to prepare, you'll want to keep a pitcher in the fridge. Garnish with fresh mint and pass the straws.

Watermelon Agua Fresca
Watermelon Agua Fresca | Photo by lutzflcat

Nobody's Strawberry Watermelon Shakedown

Kind of coming close to qualifying as a dessert, this creamy smoothie can still sneak in as a great way to start your day. Especially if you add a tablespoon of crushed flax seeds for extra good measure and cut the amount of cream in half. When the weather's super steamy, chill glasses in the freezer before pouring.