A cool and refreshing snack to help you celebrate August 3rd National Watermelon Day!

By: Jodie Shield, RDN

Anyway you slice it, watermelon is healthy and de-lish! Grab some cookie cutters, but skip the baking. Your kids are going to have a blast making and devouring watermelon cutouts. Simply slice up some ripe, juicy watermelon and let your kids use their imaginations (and cookie cutters) to create stars, hearts, and action figures – whatever shapes they love. I like to use any leftovers to make Watermelon Fizz – a super-cool, refreshing beverage perfect to sip during the lazy, dog days of summer. Check out my picnic-friendly Watermelon Fruit Bowl Salad which is on my iTunes app Time To Eat Healthy.

Watermelon Cutouts

Makes 32 servings

Preparation Time = As long as your kids want!

Cooking Time = None


1 seedless watermelon

Assortment of 2-inch cookie cutters


  1. Slice the watermelon in half.
  2. Cut each watermelon half into about 2 to 2 ½ inch slices. Remove the rinds from each slice.
  3. Give your child a slice of watermelon and let them use a cookie cutter to create shapes and designs.

Nutrition Information (per 1/16 of a melon): 86 calories, 2 grams protein, 22 grams carbohydrate, 0.5 grams fat, 0 grams saturated fat, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 1 gram dietary fiber, 3 milligrams sodium


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About Author


Jodie Shield, M.Ed., R.D., L.D.N.
Jodie Shield has been a consultant and spokesperson in the field of nutrition for over two decades. A former national media spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association (1989-1995), she has worked extensively with the Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center and taught nutrition and medical dietetics at the University of Illinois. Currently she is a complemental faculty member of the College of Health Sciences in the Department of Clinical Nutrition at Rush University in Chicago.

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