it’s no secret that i’m a fan of sweets. but i am also fully aware of all of the negative health effects of consuming too much sugar. refined sugar really isn’t our friend and i do try to limit the amount i eat. i find sugar substitutes on the whole even scarier and avoid those mystery chemicals entirely.

except for stevia.

stevia is a naturally occurring sweetener which is derived from the leaf of the stevia plant. it is actually up to 300 times sweeter than sugar, so a little goes a long way. stevia has very little effect on blood sugar, which is fabulous news for all of who want a sweet summer drink without a hypoglycemic event waiting around the corner.

here’s an easy, cold treat for these hot summer days. sweetened with only natural sweetness.

Watermelon Granita

4         cups chopped seedless watermelon
15       drops liquid stevia
1         tablespoon fresh lime juice

1. Combine all ingredients in the container of a blender and puree till smooth. Pour mixture into a metal 9- x 9-inch baking pan; cover and freeze. Freeze 1 1/2 hours. Scrape with a fork to break up frozen pieces; return to freezer. Freeze for 2 hours or until frozen firm. Scrape entirely with fork to break up frozen pieces and to form flakes of ice.

Yield: 4-6 servings.


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