Watermelon is the perfect summer food. Besides being delicious, it’s an excellent hydrator (at 92% water, it lives up to its name), and hydration plays a vital role in regulating body temperature, transporting nutrients and oxygen to cells, cushioning joints and protecting organs and tissues – all important during outdoor summer activities. Making sno-cones out of pure fruit – whole watermelon – is fun for kids (and grown-ups) and contains far more nutrients than the usual store-bought popsicle or slurpee, with far less fat, sugar than ice cream, and no additives-besides sprinkles!
Even more impressive – studies have shown that watermelon can actually help increase your resistance to the sun’s UV rays. Lycopene, a carotene found in watermelon, actually increases your body’s SPF. And get this – watermelon has higher concentrations of lycopene than any other fresh fruit or vegetable. In fact, fresh watermelon contains higher levels of lycopene than fresh tomatoes – a 2 cup serving of watermelon contains an average of 18 mg, compared to one medium tomato, which contains about 4 mg.
Watermelon Sno Cones
Thanks to the watermelon experts for the recipe and photo.
Sprinkles or jimmies
Ice cream cones or paper sno cone cups
Using an ice cream scoop, make balls of watermelon and place them in the freezer on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet for no more than 1 hour. Remove from freezer and roll in vanilla yogurt and then sweetened coconut, and top with sprinkles or jimmies. Place in an ice cream cone or sno cone cup and enjoy!