Danielle Prestejohn, NASM CPT, MS Nutrition, is a devoted CrossFitter, Group Fitness Instructor, and Health Coach. Residing in Boston, MA she is the blogger behind CleanFoodCreativeFitness.com and has a passion for all things nutrition and fitness. She hopes to share this passion and enthusiasm for health with all those in the Diet.com community!

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Danielle Prestejohn

by Danielle Prestejohn, Fitness and Nutrition Expert
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I'm sad that summer is over so I am trying to bring it back with my meals! Today I'm featuring my favorite summer fruit! Watermelon is not just delicious, it is also really great for you! It is a source of antioxidants, rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and Lycopene. Lycopene has strong antioxidant value and is a potential cancer fighting agent. Vitamin A is great for vision and Vitamin C is great for the immune system as well as cardiovascular health!

Onto the recipes! 

Watermelon, Strawberry, Kale Salad with Lime Coconut Dressing

Here is an antioxidant packed salad that is both gluten free and 100% Paleo! Bonus is that it's delicious! Add some protein in for a complete meal. I'd suggest grilled shrimp, grilled chicken, or edamame for vegetarians/vegans.

  • 4 cups chopped and rinsed Kale

  • 1 cup diced watermelon

  • 1 cup shredded carrots

  • 10 medium strawberries, chopped

  • 1/4 cup dried apple juice sweetened cherries (no sugar)

  • 1 lime

  • 1 tbs. coconut oil

Directions: In a large bowl combine your chopped kale, diced watermelon, shredded carrots, sliced strawberries, and dried cherries. Once mixed use a zest to zest about 1/4 of the lime peel into the salad. Lastly slice your lime in half and squeeze one half over the salad. Drizzle with a tbs. of coconut oil and toss the salad! Enjoy!

The darker the green the more health benefits!!! Kale is an excellent super food!

Strawberry Watermelon Slushie

  • 6 strawberries chopped

  • Half a lime

  • 2 cups chopped watermelon

  • 1 cup crushed ice

Directions: In a food processor add in the strawberries and watermelon. Do not mix yet! Top with the juice from half your lime as well as the zest from 1/2 of the lime. Lastly add in your cup of ice, already crushed. Pulse all the ingredients together in the food processor until they reach a slushy consistency. Be careful not to over mix them. Portion into 2 bowls and enjoy. Or you can freeze for 30 minutes for an even colder treat!

Thanks for checking out my recipe and you can find more Paleo and Gluten free recipes over on my blog at Clean Food Creative Fitness!

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