Each summer seems to be getting hotter and longer! So while we’re busy greening our diet and lifestyle in every way possible to slow down climate change, let’s enjoy some delicious, homemade, superfood popsicles! These are especially helpful for weight loss and detoxification goals as well as increasing a broader range of fruits and vegetables in any kids’ diet without any refined sugar or sweeteners.
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- 1-2 cups water (depending on how icy or thick you want the popsicles)
- 2 teaspoons sesame seeds (a great source of calcium)
- 2 teaspoons hemp seeds (a great source of clean protein and Omega 3's)
- 2 cups (or less) berries (a great source of fiber, antioxidants, and color)
- ½ cup greens like lettuce or kale (a great source of phytonutrients)
- ½ chopped zucchini (a very good source of Vitamin A and potassium)
- 1 small wedge of lemon with peel (a good source of Vitamin C)
- ¼ avocado OR ¼ cup raw cashews (optional to make recipe creamier)
- ¼ cup raisins (optional to sweeten recipe) (great source of iron)
- Buy some silicone popsicle or ice pops molds. I chose the brand Popushi because they don't require any sticks. That means there's no waste at all (yay!) They're also easier to handle, especially for little kids, so there's less mess. There are plenty of plastic, and even BPA-free, popsicle molds to choose from, but silicone (or stainless steel) is touted as a healthier and greener choice.
- Make a yummy, superfood smoothie with as many organic ingredients as possible in order to by pass any pesticide residue. Strawberries, peaches, blueberries, and so many other fruits are perfect alone or combined together. I made a fantastic virgin piña colada combo last weekend. You'll also want to add in some Omega's and clean-burning protein like flaxseeds and hemp seeds. Pour in some water or homemade, nondairy milk, then toss in some kale and you're ready to rock. If you're sharing with kids you can also add in some extra raisins or a couple dates to make the popsicles naturally sweeter.
- Pour the smoothie into the molds, leaving just enough room for the lids to fit in, put the lids on, stick the molds in the freezer and let the magic begin.
Tip: Soak nuts and seeds in a glass jar of water at least a few hours in advance to remove enzyme inhibitors and increase mineral absorption. Simply cover with an inch of water and pour the remaining water out before using.
Tip for parents: If you’re at all concerned about how your kids will like these popsicles just add more fruit and use less greens for the first batch. FYI, lettuce will darken the color less than kale.
Healthy popsicles make a fun snack, dessert replacement, or light breakfast that’s perfect for beating the heat!