Kitchener Naturopath shares recipe for Healthy Popsicles

One Healthy Popsicle, Five Different Ways

(thanks to relish.com)

Learn one fool-proof popsicle method and try it with five delicious flavour combinations.

Enjoy the most beloved treat of the summer without the high sugar content of the boxed variety.  Opt for healthy and refreshing DIY popsicles instead.

The five popsicle recipes below all work off of one basic method. Coconut water will give your popsicles sweet tropical flavor while providing loads of naturally occurring electrolytes. Not to mention, coconut water also contains potassium, sodium, magnesium, and natural occurring sugar—making the pops perfect for rehydrating after a day of running around in the sun and heat. The varying fruit and natural sweeteners (honey, maple syrup and juice) is where you’ll get your sweetness and flavor.

Ingredients:

(makes 8 popsicles, depending on mold used)

  • 4 cups coconut water
  • 2 cups fruit combination [see fruit combinations below]
  • Popsicle mold and sticks

Preparation:

In a blender, blend coconut water with chosen fruit until smooth. You can choose to leave some fruit chunks in this mixture if you’d like.

Pour the mixture into the popsicle mold. If your mold has slots for sticks, you can insert these before freezing, if not, freeze for about 2 hours, until slightly hard and then put the popsicle stick in the middle, continue freezing until firm. Overnight is suggested.

Suggested Fruit Combinations:

Coconut Strawberry Banana: 2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries + ½ large banana + ¼ cup maple syrup

Coconut Mango (left): 1 cup mango + 4 dates, pitted + ¼ cup fresh orange juice

Pineapple Mango (right): 1 cup fresh or frozen pineapple + 1 cup mango + ¼ cup shredded coconut

Coconut Blueberry2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries + ¼ cup honey

Coconut Banana2 whole bananas + dash of cinnamon + ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

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