Monday, March 22, 2010

Strawberry and Peach 'Sorbet'

The weather is getting warmer, which means one thing. Ice Cream season. Whats better on a hot day than a big bowl of creamy, sweet, melt-in-your mouth ice cream? Unfortunately, for healthy eaters, ice cream is one of those all-time favorites that has to be sacrificed in the name of health. Fortunately, there are healthy alternatives to ice cream, that even the most calorie-conscious eater can enjoy. Here's a simple recipe for a makeshift Strawberries and Peach Sorbet. It's insanely easy to make and extremely low calorie and practically fat free. I added just a teaspoon of flax to sneak in a bit of 'good' fat. You can't taste it, I promise! You can experiment with this recipe by adding other kinds of fruit. Frozen mangoes, blueberries and even raspberries make tasty additions. You can sweeten up the sorbet by adding sugar substitute, but I like the natural sweetness from the fruits. Enjoy!

Nutrition: Calories: 114 Carbohydrates: 23 g Fat: 1 g Protein: 5 g
Strawberry and Peach 'Sorbet'
Makes 1 bowl
3 ounces frozen peaches, about 7 medium slices
3 ounces frozen strawberries, about 7 strawberries
Skim milk, about 1/2 cup
1 teaspoon milled flax seed
1/2 - 1 teaspoon zero calorie sweetener (optional)
1. Place the frozen strawberries and 1/4 cup milk into a food processor or blender. Pulse until the strawberries are blended into a thick, slightly chunky consistency.
2. Next, add the peaches, flax, optional sweetener, and a bit more milk. (Because the fruits vary in size each time, slowly add the milk, making sure not to add too much...We want an ice cream consistency, not a smoothie!) Pulse again until all pieces of fruit are blended and have formed a thick sorbet.

3. Spoon into a bowl and serve with a fresh piece of fruit, or sprig of mint. Enjoy!

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