I cant believe its almost time for summer! I am not ready - but I am trying. I have cut out (for the most part) sugar and flour from my diet. I do however allow myself a cheat day on the weekends. I have not been doing this for long but in the short time that I have been, I have lost a few pounds and I am very happy and plan to keep on keeping on.
Let's discuss what a cheat day means for me. I know some people like to really go all out on their cheat days and eat whatever they can. If I do that I feel terrible afterward. For me a cheat day is more of a day to eat mindfully and a day to worry about my food less. I don't want to go crazy but I do want to enjoy my food on this day.
This granita is something I would eat on a cheat day. It does have some sugar in it but it has been lightened up quite a bit. So much so that it doesn't need to be just a cheat day treat it could be a lightened up treat for any day of the week. The secret ingredient in this dessert is ginger ale but not just any ginger ale, this is a TEN Soda which means it has full flavor but only 10 calories. Other Ten flavors include, 7-up TEN, A&W TEN, Sunkist TEN, Canada Dry TEN. These great products can be found at Walmart, here is a coupon for $.50 off two 2 liter or bottles or two 4 pack cans. Or you can get $1.50 off by sharing that coupon digitally via e-mail, FB or twitter while supplies last.
Here is what you need to make this Cran-Ginger Granita:
recipe adapted from Southern Living
1 1/2 cups Canada Dry TEN
3 cups cranberry juice (I used cranberry pomegranate and went with 100% juice and no sugar added)
1/2 cup sugar
In a small pot over medium heat, dissolve the sugar in 1 cup of the juice and then let cool.
Once it has cooled add it to the rest of the juice and the ginger ale. Then pour this mixture into ice cube trays (about 3) and place in the freezer until frozen.
Now you need to break up the cubes, you can do this in the food processor or blender. Let this go until it becomes slushy and then pour it into a 13 x 9 pan and place it back in the freezer for about 3 more hours or until frozen again.
Grab a fork and scrape the mixture with the tines until it becomes fluffy and then serve it up...enjoy!!
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What swaps have you made to get summer ready?