Spa Recipe: Strawberry Lime Sorbet

This sugar-free, summertime snack couldn't be easier to prepare!

If you’re seeking detox-friendly-yet-delicious tidbits to offer your clients pre- or post-treatment, you might want to peruse detoxinista.com, a website aimed at making healthful living more accessible. The brains behind the blog is Los Angeles-based certified holistic health counselor and health coach Megan Gilmore, a reformed junk food fan who’s on a mission to recreate popular dishes using wholefood ingredients—without sacrificing taste or flavor.

Gilmore follows a “gently does it” approach to detox, eschewing faddy diets and draconian quick fixes and instead urging her readers to take small, gradual steps for lasting lifestyle change. As well as running The Detoxinista, she recently authored Everyday Detox: 100 Easy Recipes to Remove Toxins, Promote Gut Health, and Lose Weight Naturally (Ten Speed Press, 2015), a cookbook packed with 100 easy-to-prepare recipes, from smoothies to soups to sweet treats. All the recipes are free of meat and gluten, and readers on grain-free, sugar-free, soy-free, nut-free, dairy-free and vegan diets are well catered for too.

One of the publication’s delicious dessert recipes is this Strawberry Lime Sorbet, a cinch-to-create, sugarless take on a summer favorite—no ice cream maker needed. Both fruits are naturally rich in water and fiber, and boast high levels of vitamin C, a free-radical-fighting antioxidant that can help flush fats and toxins from the liver. In addition, strawberries contain ellagic acid, a compound shown in small clinical studies to offer cholesterol-lowering properties. Lime juice is a well-documented digestive aid, and it’s also a robust source of blood-pressure-regulating potassium.

“Frozen strawberries are the key to this delectable treat, as they provide a slushy, sorbet-like texture when pureed,” enthuses the chef. Plus, she notes, “You can customize with other frozen fruit for an endless number of flavor possibilities.” In other words, expect plenty of cool customers!

Strawberry Lime Sorbet
Serves 4 to 6
1lb frozen strawberries
2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup water

Combine all ingredients in a large food processor fitted with an “S” blade. Process until strawberries are completely broken down, which may take several minutes. If needed, add more water to achieve a smooth and thick sorbet-like consistency. Serve immediately. (Leftovers can be frozen. Before serving, remove from freezer and thaw for 20 to 30 minutes until sorbet has regained its original texture.)