|Rich in lycopene, vitamins A and C, yet each serving is less than 50 calories!|
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I remember Italian ices when I was a kid. They were these thin little white paper cups filled with sweet, slushy fruit flavored ice. I'd finish the ice and squeeze the paper cup until every drop was gone. Most Italian ice recipes are full of sugar but a sweet watermelon makes a wonderful frozen dessert with just a little stevia and a touch of lemon zest. And you don't have to tell the kids that they are only 35 calories each!
You've probably read about how tomatoes are a rich source of the carotenoid, lycopene. This plant chemical is known for its antioxidant and cancer protective properties. Well, watermelon is also a very good source of lycopene! It's also a great source of vitamins C and A.
|Simple ingredients for Italian ice: Watermelon, grated lemon peel and a touch of stevia (not shown).|
Watermelon Italian Ice
Raw Vegan, Gluten Free
[makes 8 servings]
6 cups diced seedless watermelon
2 packets stevia (or to taste)
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
Blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth.
Pour into an ice cream maker and process according to directions.
If you don't have an ice cream maker, freeze mixture in a shallow pan, place pan in the freezer and stir every 30 minutes until slushy.
Another technique you can try is to freeze the mixture in an ice cube tray. Place the frozen watermelon ice cubes back into the food processor and pulse until it's slushy being careful not to over process. Serve immediately.
Per serving: 34.6 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0.8 g protein, 8.3 g carbohydrates, 0.8 g dietary fiber and 1.1 mg sodium.