Woohoo it’s finally Friday!!! It’s going to be so nice to have a long weekend!!! No major plans, just some computer work for me!! Today is the Holiday Recipe Club Blog Hop sponsored by Erin from the Big Fat Baker. Today’s hop is to celebrate Memorial Day. We had our choices to use Watermelon, Pork or Beer. I was excited when Erin sent me an e-mail saying yup, were having a Holiday Blog Hop!! That means I get to share with you this yummy creation!
This my Friends is a Watermelon Strawberry Float! It is so yummy!! Full of fresh fruit and a little fizz to tickle your tummy! I got the idea for this recipe from my Health Magazine. I changed it up a little bit from the original recipe. I decided to use real vanilla ice cream instead of lime or lemon sorbet. To me a float is with ice cream not sorbet. Also, to be honest with you, the sorbet had way more sugar than real ice cream. When I was on my freezer isle journey I decided to do some research on the nutritional value of ice cream treats. This is what I came up with.
Haagen-Dazs Zest Lemon Sorbet: Calories per 1/2 Cup 120, Fat: 0, Carbs: 30, Sugar: 27, Protein: 0 First 3 ingredients: water, sugar, corn syrup
Dreyers Slow Churned No Sugar Added Vanilla Ice Cream: Calories per 1/2 cup: 100, Fat: 3, Saturated Fat: 2, Carbs: 15, Fiber: 2, Sugar 3, Sugar Alcohol: 4, Protein: 3 First 3 ingredients: skim milk, cream, maltitol syrup (the next few ingredients I can’t pronounce, no clue what they are)
Bayview Pure Vanilla Ice Cream: Calories per 1/2 cup: 120, Fat: 6, Carbs: 15, Sugar: 10, Protein: 2 First 3 ingredients: milk, cream, sugar (the rest of the ingredients I could pronounce and know what it is)
So I decided on the ice cream. So glad I did, man is it good! Anyway, the sugar was less in the ice cream than the sorbet and so were the carbs. For Dreyers, I don’t like splenda, it’s not real and leaves me with a stomach ache, so I decided that Bayview, which was real, and yes it has more fat, but I personally do not consume to much fat so as a TREAT I decided I could use a little more fat. I’d rather have something natural than something fake. Besides I am not sure what sugar alcohol is, but I know it’s still sugar, so Dreyers to me has 7 grams of sugar.
That is my opinion, what would you personally prefer? I’m curious to how you feel. By the way, this was the first time I had real ice cream in over two years and it tasted so creamy and delicious. I forgot what real tastes like. Oh please know, I am not telling you to run out and buy ice cream, because it isn’t the healthiest treat out there. Personally this will probably be the only gallon I buy for myself this year. This is a once in a while treat. Ok, enough about calories and ice cream, let me get back to my fabulous float!
This recipe is made with watermelon, strawberries, balsamic vinegar, cayenne pepper, lime juice, ice cream and setzler water. It tastes amazing! A weird combination, but it works. I haven’t had a float in years! I love the fizzy top it gets. If you don’t have setzler water, lime soda would work to, just omit the lime juice. Since the original recipe called for lime sorbet, I decided to add some lime to the drink to give it more of a soda taste. I personally do not like the taste of plain setzler water. It’s weird tasting to me. Blah!
Don’t you think the little umbrella is cute? I picked up a pack at Cost Plus. I just love that store. I really need to go soon. I hear there having a Memorial Day Sale. he he! This weekend, right now I just decided I need a treat! I’m going to go shopping. I am in real need of some summer clothes. I haven’t bought myself any new clothing since Black Friday. If you know me, thats a heck of a long time. Besides summer clothes are so pretty!!
- 1 cup watermelon, diced
- 1 cup strawberries, diced
- 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
- ⅛ tsp. cayenne pepper
- ½ tsp. lime juice (add more to taste) divided
- ½ cup vanilla ice cream, divided
- Chilled Club Soda or Seltzer Water
- In a bowl add strawberries, watermelon, balsamic vinegar and cayenne pepper. Mix well
- Evenly divide watermelon mixture between 2 glasses. Add ¼ tsp lime juice and ¼ cup ice cream to each glass.
- Add club soda or seltzer water to fill the glass. Garnish with a slice of watermelon, straw and umbrella.
Well Guys I should go! My kitchen looks like a hurricane struck it!! Eck!!!! But before I go, if your interested in joining the Holiday Recipe Club you can go here to get all the details. Thank you Erin for hosting another wonderful event!! And you out there, join the club! It’s so much fun!!
Oh, I wanted to ask you, do you like when I do a comparison such as the ice cream? I don’t normally do that, and I don’t want to bore you with nutritional facts, if your not interested in it. So please let me know, your opinion matters to me. I provide those details for you, since there already trapped in my head. 🙂
Have a great day everyone and just think it’s Friday!! I hope you have a great weekend!!!
P.S. Be sure to check out everyone’s recipes below! I can’t wait to see what everyone is going to post. I love all the ingredients in this hop!!