I love a dessert that is easy to make and taste great. That is exactly what you get with sorbet. Mix up some fruit, freeze for a couple hours and voila…you have a dessert that is pleasing to both children and adults. It is best to use fruits that are in season so, you get the best flavor. My Kiwi Strawberry Sorbet is a light and refreshing dessert for Spring.
Kiwifruit and strawberries are delicious low calorie fruits that are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are fantastic because they help protect our cells from free radicals, oxidation and help prevent the signs of aging like wrinkles.
We always hear that we should eat more antioxidants so, let me explain that a bit so you can see why…
Free radicals and Antioxidants:
In stable molecules, electrons normally exist in pairs. However things like stress, our diet, natural metabolism, and environmental pollutants can remove an electron from the molecule. This causes a chain of events to occur…
- Newly created free radical is in search of a new electron to pair up with
- The free radical will steal an electron from another molecule- this creates a new free radical.
- Now we have a chain reaction that repeats over and over again everyday unless stopped by an antioxidant
- If not stopped results in:
- Damage to cell membrane
- Damage to DNA
- Interferes with our bodies natural defenses
- Increase risks of cancer and heart disease
Now Antioxidants have a molecular structure that enables them to give up electrons to the free radicals.
By stabilizing free radicals in this way, their harmful actions are stopped. The antioxidants help protect you from potentially doing harm to your health.
Okay, hopefully I didn’t lose you there. Let’s get back to the sorbet 😀
I start by making a simple syrup out of water and a stevia blend. Most sorbet recipes call for a lot of sugar but, I didn’t want an overly sweet sorbet so I opted for the stevia blend. I prefer for the natural flavor of the fruits to be the stars.
I peel the kiwi and then trim out the seeds.
From there add everything into the blender and blend until smooth.
If you have an ice cream maker you can pour into the bowl and freeze according to the manufactures directions.
Pour into a container that you can seal, then freeze for at least 2 hours. At this point it will be easy to scoop. If you make ahead, let it sit out to soften before serving.
- 2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries, sliced
- 3 small kiwis, peeled and seeded
- 1 cup water
- 2 Tbsp stevia blend
- In a small saucepan heat water over medium heat. Add stevia and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
- Place strawberries, kiwi, water in blender. Blend until smooth.
- Let the blend rest for a couple minutes.
- Pour mix into ice cream maker and freeze according to manufactures directions.
- Transfer to container with lid and freeze for at least 2 hours.
I love the flavor of kiwi. I used it in a salad and could not get enough of it. My daughter kept asking if I could make her that salad as her after-school snack. 😀
Salads are a great way to get your fruits and veggies all in one. The sweet strawberries in this salad is amazing!
If you are lactose intolerant this is a great alternative to ice cream. You won’t believe how easy this is to make.
Strawberry Kiwi Sorbet is a light, refreshing treat that is full of great nutrients.