I love summer, largely because we're spoiled with a huge array of fruits and vegetables here in California. All these options make it easy to trim down and fit into that old bathing suit so we can go frolic about at beach parties (that's the California girl secret: a balanced diet of fruits and vegetables, with a fair number of skinny girl margaritas and the occasional bonfire s'more thrown in). I've been trying out Clear American drinks from Walmart as part of a campaign I'm working on with the #CBias blogging program and a genius thought occurred to me. I can swap out the sugar syrup in my favorite summer dessert and use Clear American sparkling water instead! Since the sparkling water is sweet and calorie-free, it's the perfect substitute to help me continue making creative recipes using fruits, without detracting from their healthfulness.
Diet Dessert: Nectarine Peach Granita
Four large nectarines
1 cup Golden Peach Clear American sparkling water
4 Tbsps lemon juice
Peel and cube nectarines. I use a potato peeler to peel the skins off, or you can boil them for 60 seconds and then quickly drop them in ice water and the skins will loosen.
Blend nectarine pieces for 60 seconds, or until smooth.
Add Clear American sparkling water and lemon juice. Blend for another 60 seconds.
Pour the mixture into a large Pyrex pan and freeze for at least four hours.
Let thaw for five to ten minutes and scrape the entire pan with a fork repeatedly to form grainy granules. Serve immediately in a chilled bowl.
This recipe gets bonus points because it seems fancy, but actually just requires three simple ingredients. Guests love it and think you went to great lengths to impress them…and I don't tell them otherwise! For more information about Clear American drinks, check them out on Twitter or Facebook.
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