Sprinkled throughout every Belizean village are shops, little stores that sell just about everything. Flour, rice, toothpaste, corn tortillas, dish soap, paper plates, gas, you name it. But one of their hottest selling items is snacks. Soft drinks, chips, biscuits, candy, and ideals (frozen juice pops). There is nothing my girls like better than to earn a shilling or two and walk down the street to the shop to spend it on a sucker or chamoy (a cup of frozen juice with a salty sauce poured over it).
As we leave the lovely temperatures of winter behind and come into hot, sticky spring, my girls regularly beg to go to the shop for something cold and sweet. We consume too much sugar already, and I'm not excited about adding more to our diet.
Enter watermelon popsicles.
I love having my freezer stocked with this healthy treat that I can let my girls have each afternoon when the heat is threatening to stifle us. These popsicles are easy to make and require no special molds.
- 1 watermelon
- Juice of 1 lime
- 2 tablespoons of sugar (optional)
In a blender, place chunks of watermelon, lime juice, and sugar. Blend. Add more watermelon chunks to fill blender. Blend again. Strain out seeds.
Pour the watermelon juice into small plastic cups and place in freezer. About 2 hours later, insert popsicle sticks.
When fully frozen, pop the popsicles out of the cups and enjoy!
Note: A 20 pound watermelon makes approximately a gallon of juice, which is about two blenders-full for me.
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