Brilliant Berry Popsicles
Updated: Oct 4, 2019
Its almost summer, and those blazing sunny days are heading our way. Nothing refreshes you quite like an icy fruit popsicle, but these treats do more than cool you down. They are packed with fresh berries, which are potent nutrient powerhouses.
Berries have the highest antioxidant content of all commonly eaten fruits, including cancer-fighting ellagic acid, anthocyanins and resveratrol. Our tissues constantly produce a stream of 'free radicals' as a byproduct of metabolic processes. Stress, infection and chronic inflammation ramp up production, and flood the body with these brutal little molecules. Free radicals are like stray bullets: they damage any tissue they touch. Luckily, antioxidants can quench them before they can do any damage. This is why diets low antioxidant rich plant foods can lead to chronic disease. Berries are the perfect recovery food after a rough week at work or a bout of illness.
Berries are also a great dietary source of many other crucial nutrients, including vitamin C, essential for immune health, and fiber, which supports a healthy gut. Different berries contribute other micronutrients, including minerals and amino acids, so its good to eat a range of different types. Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and cranberries are easily accessible and highly beneficial. Its not essential to splurge on more expensive options like acai berries and goji berries unless you really want to.
For plain fruit popsicles:
1 cup mixed berries (frozen or fresh)
1 banana, sliced and frozen (optional)
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/2 cup filtered water
1 tablespoon raw honey
For berries & cream popsicles:
1/2 cup coconut milk OR 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
1 teaspoon honey (optional)
A few whole frozen berries
Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth and brightly colored. Pour into a popsicle mold and freeze overnight. You can add other fruit, such as apples or pawpaw, to give it bulk or a smoother flavor if needed.
Berries & cream popsicles:
Mix the vanilla extract and honey into your yogurt or coconut milk.
Fill your popsicle molds to halfway with the berry puree mixture. Top them up with the coconut milk or yogurt mixture. Pop a few whole frozen berries in on the top. Use a spoon to push the berries in and slightly mix the layers. Don't mix them too much, because the contrast between them makes pretty popsicles! Freeze overnight.