As the summer sun beats down causing temperatures to rise, there is nothing quite as refreshing as cracking open the freezer and letting that rush of bitter cold air hit your face. On a scorching hot day in the middle of the summer, I’ve often day-dreamed of climbing into my freezer and rejuvenating in a frozen sauna. Once I emerge from my frozen sauna fantasies, I move on to the second best part of opening the freezer: POPSICLES.
My mission in today’s blog post is to ensure your freezer is full of healthy popsicles all summer long. Nothing provides a better throwback moment like grabbing a popsicle on a hot summer day. But, as I’ve grown up, I still crave the cool icy popsicles. However, I now want them without all the junk. I decided to order some popsicle molds and get to freezing. I came up with seven clean and healthy popsicle recipes, free from the artificial flavors, food coloring and high fructose corn syrup.
The infamous FUDGECICLE. I can’t remember a summer growing up without a chocolate mustache at least once or twice. Our Chocolate Silk Greens provide the perfect ingredients to make healthy Fudgecicles! Our greens are packed with more than 50 super foods and supplements and a MEGA 5,000 ORAC antioxidant value per serving! Grab your favorite dairy alternative and let's get started! This time I went with coconut milk. Take 1 ½ cans of coconut milk and 2 scoops of the Chocolate Silk Greens and blend it up. It made about 6 popsicles. Freeze for about five hours and wah-la! The creamiest, healthiest, most delicious Fudgecicle!
I owe it to the Italians from Napels in the late 19th Century for this next one. The Neopolitan. Even though this one takes a little extra freezing, it’s worth the effort! It will leave you feeling like a professional popsicle maker. Take 1 cup of coconut cream and 1 scoop of the chocolate silk greens and blend together. Then fill up the popsicle mold 1/3 of the way. Freeze for five hours. Then, take 1 cup of coconut cream and blend with ½ of a banana. Fill up until about 2/3 full. Freeze for five hours. Last, but not least, take 1 cup of coconut cream, three strawberries and 2 tablespoons of the Strawberry Banana Omega Swirl Flax Oil and blend together. Then, pour to the top and freeze for five more hours. (This makes enough for 6 popsicles). This is what you get!
The Strawberry Kiwi popsicles burst not only with bright colors but also with more than 60 super foods. And, ZERO artificial colors! They are all natural colorings from the fruits and veggies. Here is the recipe: Dice 1 to 1 ½ kiwis and mix in with about ½ cup of coconut water. Pour into molds until about ¼ full. Then freeze for five hours. Next, mix up 2 scoops of the Strawberry Kiwi Greens with 2 cups of water. Lastly, pour to the brim of the mold and freeze for 5 hours.
Do you have extra fruit that needs to be eaten before it goes bad? These Fresh Fruit Coconut Water Pops are a delicious way to make sure nothing goes to waste this summer. We took some kiwis, nectarines and berries. As major Chia Seed fans we added a ½ teaspoon to each popsicle. Grab a can of coconut water and pour into the mold and add the fresh fruit and Chia seeds (stir in the chia seeds as best possible) and freeze for five hours.
I must have been in the mood for ice cream when I made these next two popsicles because they are super creamy. One of our newest Omega Swirl flavors is Passion Pineapple. It’s a tropical getaway in a spoon. Take 3 cups of coconut cream and add 4 tablespoons of the Passion Pineapple Omega Swirl and blend together. Pour into the popsicle mold about 2/3 full and then add the blueberries! Shake up a little bit to mix up the blueberries. Freeze for five hours and enjoy! (Makes about 6 popsicles)
I love wild blackberries. By the end of the summer here in Washington State blackberries pop up everywhere! I took 3 cups of coconut cream and 4 tablespoons of our Omega Swirl Blackberry Flax Oil. Blend together and then evenly disperse ¼ cups of diced blackberries into the six molds. As a chocolate fan, I tried adding mini Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips and it was heaven. This will make about 6 popsicles. Freeze for five hours and enjoy!
I was watching Shark Tank and heard about Flaxseed Lemonade for the first time. As major flax lovers here at Barlean’s, I knew my next popsicle had to infuse flaxseed lemonade and raspberries! Combine one-quart boiling water with 4 tablespoons whole flaxseed and boil. Strain the flaxseeds out of the water. Then add the juice of one lemon and 7 drops of lemon essential oils and 1/4 cup of honey (sweeten to taste). Let cool and then pour into popsicle molds and add fresh raspberries!
**For most of these recipes I used coconut cream, but almond, cashew, soy or coconut milk would all work great!