Fresh Watermelon Ice Lollies with Hidden Strawberry Slices
Bought in-season, watermelons are the perfect combination of refreshing and sweet. But did you know that watermelons also provide numerous nutritional benefits? As well as being high in vitamins and minerals, watermelon has also been linked to reduced blood pressure and improved arterial function.
Watermelon contains antioxidants including vitamin C and lycopene, both of which have been linked to a reduced risk of developing cancer. Choline, a nutrient found in watermelon, is good for maintaining nerve function and also reduces chronic inflammation.
Finally, if you need any further excuse to enjoy these 100% fresh fruit, clean-eating ice lollies, watermelons are made up of 92% water, making them a great snack to keep both adults and children hydrated.
- If you have been able to find a mini watermelon (about the same size as a honeydew melon) then you can just cut the melon in half, remove the rind and chop the melon into rough chunks. The white seeds are edible and are fine to leave in.
- If you have a large watermelon you will need to remove the rind and then also remove the black seeds.
- Add the watermelon to a blender (or food processor) and process until smooth. You don’t need to add any additional liquid. Taste your watermelon puree to check its sweetness. Unripe or out-of-season melons might need a little honey to sweeten the mix.
- Wash and hull the strawberries. Cut each strawberry into slices.
- Place a strawberry slice in your lolly mould.
- Pour the watermelon over the strawberry, making sure that the puree reaches the bottom of the mould and tap to remove any large bubbles.
- Freeze for 3 or 4 hours until solid.
- To serve, run warm water over the outside of the moulds until the lollies come loose.
To learn more about the health benefits of watermelon, I can recommend this article published by Well-Being Secrets: 25 Science-Backed Health Benefits of Watermelon.