Summer and watermelon are almost synonyms - I can't imagine summer without fresh chilled watermelon! A couple of days ago, I asked my Facebook followers if there is any cocktail they are missing on their low-carb journey. Well, watermelon sorbet is definitely not a cocktail recipe but it's great for hot summer days and will be included in my next recipe. Stay tuned, it's coming soon! :-)
Nutritional values per serving (2 scoops):
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Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (88.9%), protein (7.2%), fat (3.9%)
Ingredients (makes 8 servings, ~16 scoops):
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- Cut the watermelon in cubes and remove all the seeds. Place in a blender together with freshly squeezed lime juice and stevia to taste. Pulse until smooth.
- Pour into the ice-cream maker (I like this one and process according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Note: mine took just about 45 minutes. This varies based on the make of your ice-cream maker (30-60 minutes) and also depends how solid you want the sorbet to be. If you don't have an ice-cream maker, simply place the diced watermelon in the freezer for at least 3 hours and blend until smooth with lime juice and stevia.
- I wanted mine to be really frozen, so it took 45 minutes.
- When done, using a rubber spatula, put into small containers and place in the freezer. This will help you with portion control and prevent you from eating all the ice-cream in one go. If you serve the sorbet straight away, garnish with lime wedges and fresh mint. Enjoy!
Watermelon and Glycemic Index…
Although it has a high Glycemic Index (GI = 72), it has a very low Glycemic Load (GL = 4).
GL, which measures how much insulin will be released by your body for a given food measured in standard portions. This is different to GI, which doesn't take the serving size into account. As a result, some foods with high GI could have low GL. Therefore, GL is recommended as the best measure for carbs.
Other health benefits of watermelon are:
- it's very high in water (more than 90%) which makes it filling
- it's relatively low in net carbs and calories (7.2g net carbs and 30 kcal per 100g)
- it's high in vitamin A
- it contains lycopene, a carotenoid with antioxidant activity and has potential cancer-fighting abilities
Remember, only avoid watermelon or any fruit if your carbs limit is very low (20g or less of net carbs a day).