(Family Features) Fresh fruit is a breakfast staple, and a nutritious option like watermelon is a sweet way to satisfy hunger (and thirst). As a refreshing ingredient or standalone treat, watermelon includes just 80 calories and no fat. It’s an excellent source of vitamin C (25%) and because it’s made of 92% water, it’s a flavorful way to encourage kids to start a busy day well hydrated.
A bowl of watermelon cut into cubes, balls, or fun shapes is a winning idea, but you can also think outside the rind with these ways to give watermelon a place at your breakfast table:
* Top a grain-based cereal like corn flakes or oatmeal with bite-size bits.
* Make Watermelon Donuts for a grab-and-go delight, perfect on hectic mornings.
* Freeze cubes overnight and use them in place of ice with your favorite smoothie ingredients.
* Put a twist on a breakfast favorite with these Watermelon Oat Flour Waffles.
* Add a layer of oat crumble to a bowl of watermelon balls for a savory, satisfying treat.
Watermelon Oat Flour Waffles
Yield: 8 waffles
1 cup old-fashioned or regular oats
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup watermelon juice
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 egg whites
nonstick cooking spray
2 cups plain Greek yogurt
3 cups watermelon, diced 1/2 inch
fresh mint leaves
powdered sugar (optional)
Preheat Belgian or regular waffle iron.
In a blender, process oat flakes into flour.
In a bowl, mix oat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix in watermelon juice and oil.
Whip egg whites into stiff peaks and fold into batter.
Spray hot waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray. Pour batter into waffle iron and bake 3-4 minutes, or according to waffle iron instructions. Repeat with the remaining batter.
Garnish waffles with yogurt; watermelon cubes; mint sprigs; powdered sugar, if desired; and honey, if desired.
Source: National Watermelon Promotion Board