Craving watermelon? There could be a very good explanation. It’s hot out, you’re sweating, and your body is just saying: give me energy! Watermelon is natures way of giving you a quick way to rehydrate. Not too high in sugar, it contains a nice little hit of potassium (one of our key electrolyte minerals that gets lost quickly when we perspire).
Ditch the Gnarly Ingredients & Make It Yourself
I’ve found a fun way to eat watermelon that adds a bit of extra nutrition to make it a more well-rounded snack. You can skip the line to your favorite local water ice hot spot and whip this up in your very own kitchen to enjoy with the family. Save money and avoid all the gnarly ingredients (loaded with crappy or fake sweeteners) that store-bought ‘water ice’ concoctions contain.
- 4 cups seedless watermelon
- 2 cups cherries or strawberries
- ¼ cup water or herbal tea
- 2 Tbsp lime juice
- 1 tsp microplaned lime zest
- 4-6 scoops cold soluble gelatin
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- *Optional: ¼ cup raw honey
- Fresh mint leaves for garnish
- Place all ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth. (this may need to be done in two batches).
- If you have an ice cream maker you can make this simply by following the manufacturer instructions.
- Otherwise you can make it more of a true granita by pouring the mixture into a 9x13 pan (preferably metal) and place it in the freezer.
- Put on your timer for 30 minutes and scrape it with a fork -do this several times over the course of about 2 hours. Once it is close to frozen, scrape it once more. Then serve, garnished with fresh mint sprigs.
Nutritious Treat: Kid-Friendly & Mom-Approved
My boys enjoy this recipe immensely. While they would be happy just to eat the watermelon plain, they love this chilled fruity treat as well. I’m happier because I’m getting some collagen into them too (the most abundant protein in the body, important for bone health and gut health). You, too, will feel good about skipping the store-bought and replacing it with your very own version at home (it’s easier on the wallet too).
Try this recipe with different in-season fruit to find a pairing your family loves. We’ve tried cantaloupe and peach, blueberry and plum and even cherry by itself is quite nice.
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