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 eHow.com 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 eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at alinazhealthcoach.com, or follow her on Facebook (facebook.com/fabulousfoodAZ) or Twitter (@FabulousFood). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at bocamag.com.