Watermelon is one of our favorite treats during the summer. And even though it's available all year long at the grocery store, I buy it only when it's local and in season.
Do you remember the days of having large half-moons of the watery fruit, taking giant bites and feeling the juice run down your chin? Having spitting contests to see who could send the seed flying the farthest across the yard? This is why we love watermelon so much. It is the fruit of summer memories.
If you forget about the lycopene (an antioxidant thought to reduce cancer risks), the citrulline (a phytonutrient that diminishes hypertension and promotes prostate health), the rehydration from its >90% water volume, and the dietary fiber — you're still left with a darned tasty fruit!
Watermelon is such a big fruit, so we usually face the moment when, no matter how much we try to integrate it into meals and snacks, we're just not able to finish the beast off! In addition to making watermelon candy, one of my favorite ways to extend our summertime fruit is to make “watermelon on a stick” — watermelon popsicles.
These pops are a refreshing treat for my kids after playing out in the summer heat. And much better than the chemical-ridden freezer treats.
Not to mention, we can all make it together! I love bringing my kids into the kitchen to teach them good food theories and proper kitchen skills — both things they'll need to have on the journey to becoming self-reliant kids.
Watermelon On A Stick
- 3 cups watermelon sliced
- 1 to 2 tablespoons raw honey or liquid stevia extract, optional
- 2 teaspoons dried peppermint fresh, finely minced
- squeeze lime juice fresh
- lime zest from 1 lime
Put all ingredients into blender.
Pulse a few times until liquid is free of chunks.
Pour into freezer molds for yummy goodness and store in the freezer.
Quickly dip in lukewarm water to pop the cubes easily out of the molds when you’re ready to eat them.
What other treats do you find refreshing for those hot summer days?
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