To me at least. And if I don’t start bookmarking the blogs that peak my interest I am going to shoot myself. Cause SOMEBODY gave me this idea. And I would certainly give them credit if I was 20 years younger and my memory was better. Okay, this is the idea:
Doesn’t that look good? And the idea was this: just take some fresh fruit, ice, water, and if needed, a little sweetener of choice, blend in the blender, and drink. That just sounded so refreshing to me when I read it. This was unbelievably delicious, and only 50 calories. My mind is reeling with all the variations you could make.
To make this I used 10 cherries, about 6-8 small ice cubes, one cup of water and a teaspoon of splenda granulated (which was not really necessary.) And let me say that I know by definition granita is more frozen or icier. But this was nice and slushy, and you could make a thousand variations on this. Use frozen fruit if you want it icier. Use less fruit and more ice or water for a light refreshing drink. I might try getting club soda to make it a little fizzy. But I like the idea of using fresh fruit and plain old water for the most healthful treat. This was a nice pick-me-up in the middle of the afternoon, and a lot less calories than my usual afternoon snacks. Pubsgal showed a drink on her brilliant blog Pubsgal Eats (you MUST read this blog. Its better than any reality television show I’ve ever seen.) Anyway, the drink had mint and a bit of rum in it–more variations on a theme. I have some mint growing in my garden–about the only new plant I’ve gotten this year due to a certain young man who likes to rearrange my garden–and a touch of mint seems like it would be very refreshing in a granita.
And for PJ, who asked for a wagging shot of Mr. Monk (and also for his NUMBER ONE FAN, Miss Thing 2) here is a picture of Mr. Monk, supremely happy with one of his ‘toothpicks.’ Can you believe this little guy was ever abandoned at the city shelter? He is a real gem.