DIY: Make Healthy Popsicles from Scratch!

July 29, 2011

While the rest of the country suffers from a heat wave, our Northwest weather has stayed relatively temperate.  You can still get into a summer groove though by making delicious and healthy popsicles at home.  Select your favorite fruits from the garden or local farmers market to avoid the added sugars and unwanted food colorings from commercial products.

There are several options for Popsicle molds:

  • Plastic molds- inexpensive, but not a top choice for those avoiding the use of plastics.
  • Paper cups-another inexpensive option, however, they are not re-useable. Put in a wooden popsicle stick and freeze. To remove the popsicle, simply peel the cup off.
  • Stainless steel molds- a larger one-time monetary investment but has the bonus of being reused.

Fruit and herb popsicles do require more preparation than buying commercial products,  but trust me, your taste buds will thank you! To keep herbs from settling, pour 1/3 mix and freeze, then pour another 1/3 mix and freeze, lastly pour and freeze the final 1/3.  When pureeing fresh fruit, make sure you blend to an even consistency to get a smooth final result. You can even pick up your favorite no-sugar added 100% organic fruit juice at the market to save time or create even more exotic blends.

Imagine tasty combinations like lavender rosemary lemonade, mint limeade (maybe add a little rum to create an adult version!), strawberry basil, or even cherry fennel!  Too hot to drink tea? Freeze it into popsicle molds! Imagine, black tea with coconut milk, spicy frozen chai, or even green tea with blueberries.  The sky’s the limit!

-Written by Amanda Giger and Dr. Carly Bridge

Adapted from care2.com    http://www.care2.com/greenliving/popsicle-recipes.html

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