Fourth of July weekend means plenty of fireworks in the sky—and a few fires on the grill (depending on who's cooking). For some of us, it's also an excuse to feast on a slurpy slice (or two) of watermelon. And why not? In the wrong hands, watermelon can be hazardous to a clean shirt, but it also has all sorts of health-related benefits. For example:

• Watermelon is high in bloat-reducing potassium.

• It's low in calories (1 cup is only 46 calories).

• It's a good source of lycopene, which helps with heart health and cancer prevention.

• And it's a fast-moving food, which is great for internal body cleansing.

Here's a few Z-related watermelon recipes to juice up your holiday weekend.

Watermelon Juice
1 Watermelon
1 Honeydew
2 Cucumbers
1 Lime

Preparation: Juice watermelon, honeydew and cucumbers through a juicer. Squeeze lime by hand. Serve on the rocks for a refreshing beverage.

Red-White-Blue Salad
½ Watermelon
1 Honeydew
1 Cup Blueberries

Preparation: Use a melon scooper or a measuring spoon to scoop out the meat of the melons (ball-shapred). For a video demo, check out this video.

Watermelon Salad
4 cups of Boston lettuce, chopped
4 cups of watermelon, cubed
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Preparation: Mix all the ingredients together and drizzle with the balsamic vinegar before serving.

About Alina Z.
Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida, Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at, visit Alina’s website at, or follow her on Facebook ( or Twitter (@FabulousFood). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at