This week’s recipe features that late summer favorite watermelon. This recipe is cold, sweet and crunchy, so what’s not to like?! Kids and adults will love these tasty pop-in-your mouth treats. They keep well in the freezer for days.
A 2-cup serving of watermelon contains 90 calories and is 92% water, which makes it a delicious hydration option. It also is a significant source of vitamins C and A, potassium, and has the highest levels of lycopene than any other fresh fruit or vegetable. Lycopene is an antioxidant that has been linked to a variety of benefits which may reduce the risk for cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and oxidative stress.
So, whether you just eat it by the slice, or mix it up into a salad or salsa, watermelon is a tasty and nutritious choice.
Frozen Frosted Watermelon Bites
1 small watermelon
3 oz. package of watermelon flavored gelatin
Using a melon baller, scoop out 35-40 small watermelon balls. Place on paper towels and set aside.
Pour gelatin into a shallow bowl. One by one, gently drop a watermelon ball into the bowl, roll around, take out, and place on a plate (or baking sheet) covered with a paper towel.
Place plate of frosted watermelon balls in freezer. Allow at least 2 hours to make sure they are completely frozen. Remove from freezer and let sit for a few minutes before eating.
Note: If you would like to serve with toothpicks, place the toothpicks before freezing.
This weekly column is a collaboration between Linton Farmers Market coordinators and Greene County General Hospital. GCGH Clinical Dietitian/Clinical Health Coach Lisa Berns authored the column. Contact Market Manager Mark Stacy at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit lintonfarmersmarket.com for more information.