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Simple 2 Ingredient Watermelon Sorbet

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Nothing feels like summer than noshing on slices of juicy red watermelon. During high stress times, this is what I reach out for. I got through studying for the Bar Exam on an exclusive diet of watermelon . . . and chocolate malt balls! When I was in the hospital or bedridden, watermelon similarly got me through. It is sweet, refreshing and hydrating. And, despite popular belief that watermelon is made up on only water and sugar, watermelon is actually considered a nutrient dense food. It proves a high amount of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants for a low amount of calories. Lycopene (similar to those found in tomatoes), choline and other vitamins aid in heart health, is anti-inflammatory, protects against chronic inflammation, helps prevent bone loss, aides in digestion and of course, keeps you easily hydrated.

I love this recipe because as a family of three, we find it hard to finish a whole watermelon. But now, we eat half and freeze the other half for sorbet or watermelon juice. You can add your choice of sweetener but I find that sticking with really red watermelons is sweet enough.

Further Food Commentary:

Certain foods embody certain seasons -- watermelon in summer is one of them. The season may be winding down, but there are still plenty of juicy melons to be found, and hot evenings to enjoy cool treats. This simple sugar-free sorbet relies on only the natural sweetness of the watermelon with a hint of tartness from lemon, making it a virtuous alternative to more sugar- and fat-laden frozen desserts. Furthermore, two cups of watermelon packs in approximately one third of your daily needs for vitamins A and C, and the bright red color indicates high levels of the potentially cancer-preventing and -fighting antioxidant lycopene.

By Heather Goesch, MPH, RDN, LDN
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Simple 2 Ingredient Watermelon Sorbet

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  • Prep Time:5 minutes
  • Cook Time:5 minutes
  • Servings: 6

Ingredients

6 cups of ripe, seedless watermelon (frozen, about 1/4 of watermelon depending on size)
juice of 1/2 lemon

Instructions

  1. Cut up the watermelon into cubes, freeze overnight in a ziplock bag.
  2. Blend frozen watermelon with lemon juice. Enjoy!
    (Note: Depending on the power of your blender, you can add juice or water to help it along if needed)
Cut up the watermelon into cubes, freeze overnight in a ziplock bag. Blend frozen watermelon with lemon juice. Enjoy! (Note: Depending on the power of your blender, you can add juice or water to help it along if needed)

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:  Calories: 47; Total Fat: 0g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 2mg; Potassium: 175mg; Carbohydrate: 12g; Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 10g; Protein: 1g

Nutrition Bonus:  Vit C: 24%; Vit A: 17%

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