Watermelon may be mostly water but, apart from helping to keep your pooch hydrated, there is much more to this refreshing fruit.
Watermelon’s nutritional highlight is lycopene, a phytonutrient that gives watermelon its beautiful red color. This potent antioxidant provides protection against free radicals and oxidative damage, which may help to prevent cancer and heart disease.
Bottom line: Watermelon is a tasty, low-calorie, hydrating and super healthy treat for both dogs and people!
- 3 cups frozen, cubed watermelon (seedless)
- ¼ cup watermelon juice*
- A squeeze of honey (optional)
- Toppings (optional)
* You can also use coconut water or just plain water.
Place your diced, frozen watermelon cubes and a dash of honey into a food processor.
Add a little juice. It’s a good idea to just add a little at the beginning and slowly add more as you process the sorbet. Too much juice will give the sorbet more of a slush texture.
Scoop into a bowl. Add toppings and serve immediately.
Yield: About three scoops of sorbet.
Nutritional Facts: 171 calories, 0.7 grams of fat, 2.8 grams of protein, 43.5 grams of carbohydrates
Kristina Johansen is a certified canine nutritionist who runs Elmo’s Kitchen and provides guidance on general nutrition and home-prepared diets for dogs.