This will be a short and sweet post, for a quick and easy recipe! My last entry about dessert included a much more indulgent sampling, but this one is practically guilt-free, and summer-friendly!
So, I made a sorbet…or so I thought. Apparently, sorbets usually have some sort of liqueur in them, and sherbets have dairy, so what I really made was a shaved (or Italian) ice. Like Rita’s, but with way less sugar and no artificial coloring! The coconut water makes this a nice, hydrating treat.
Nutrition science question of the day: why do you get brain freeze when eating cold foods? In this article, the researchers “found that the sensation of brain freeze appears to be caused by a dramatic and sudden increase in blood flow through the brain’s anterior cerebral artery. As soon as the artery constricted, the brain-freeze pain sensation wore off.” Best way to deal? Eat slower! It’s Mother Nature’s way of telling you to savor!
Coconut Mint Italian Ice
- 1 ice cube tray of coconut water, frozen (about a cup)
- 1/2 c of fresh mint leaves
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1/4 c sugar or honey
Put cubes and mint into a blender and pulse until the ice is shaved. Add lemon juice and sugar and blend again until it’s a packable consistency. Pack into spheres to serve, or layer with yogurt or whipped cream if you’re feeling fancy. Serve immediately, or put in the freezer to harden a bit. Serves 4. These would also make great popsicles! Just blend coconut water with the rest of then ingredients until smooth, then pour into a cup or pop mold.
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