Friday, July 1, 2011

Watermelon Slush

Isn’t it amazing how our tastes for foods change with the weather? As soon as the warm temperatures hit, my body suddenly wanted juicy, cool, refreshing foods, like plenty of fruits and vegetables. One of my favorite summer fruits is watermelon. It’s high in water and a good source of vitamin A, C, beta-carotene, and lycopene. The most common ways to eat it is right off the rind, or in fruit salad. The rind, by the way, is equally, if not more nutritious than the sweet red flesh, so it’s OK to cut into that when eating this fruit.

This is a cool treat that is so simple to prepare and it does the body good in so many ways. It’s perfect on a hot, humid afternoon. The kids will love this too.

Watermelon Slush

Remove the red flesh from the rind, cut it into chunks and place in a large bowl.

Mash the watermelon with a potato masher until small chunks remain, then mix well, cover the bowl (or transfer to another bowl) and place it in the freezer.

It will take several hours to get slushy and will freeze solid if left for longer. At the slushy stage, spoon it into cups or dishes and serve. If frozen solid, allow it to thaw to a softer consistency. Enjoy!!

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