Fresh AND Frozen…

We’re getting into the heart of summer now, and if there is one thing I totally dig in the summer, it’s frozen treats.  Of any kind.  I’ve always been a fan of ice cream, of course (I mean, who hasn’t?) but I try to leave dairy out of my diet except in cases of extreme emergency.  Sometimes, there are those days when you just need ice cream.  Frozen yogurt has been a popular option for a lot of folks in recent years, but as of late I have become less and less of a fan of more processed options.

So, recently I tried making my own frozen fruit popsicles as an alternative…and frankly swooned a bit.  Not because they are so fancy or contain anything special (although I guess that’s up to you!), but because they are so simple.  And if there is anything I dig more than frozen treats, it’s easy food.  Especially easy food that comes with an armada of healthy benefits.

Speaking of which, I’m going to address specifically those in the recipe below, but keep in mind you can add whatever you want to these.  Strawberries and blackberries will be in season soon and both make excellent choices.  You can try combinations of fruits and herbs, like lime cilantro or strawberry basil.  Add cinnamon, coconut, or a little agave or maple syrup…or a little turmeric for a touch of spice and antifungal properties.  There are so many options, really, and the only limit is your imagination and your personal taste.

So, in this case, I used a pineapple, coconut, and cilantro theme; with these ingredients, you get a powerful combination of antioxidants, anti-fungals, anti-bacterials that can be a yummy after dinner digestive aid, or a sweet mid-afternoon snack. Pineapple helps digestion and contains vitamin C, and also helps prevent macular degeneration (just like carrots, pineapple is good for your peepers!). Coconut and cilantro both have intense antioxidant and antiviral properties; coconut on its own is a great source of fiber, calcium, potassium and electrolytes, while cilantro will help with toxic metal cleansing (it binds to the metals and helps pull them from the tissue). It also may help lower your blood sugar (excellent for people who suffer from hyperglycemia) and has anti-anxiety effects.

Who knew popsicles could be so healthy?

Pineapple Coconut Cilantro Popsicles

1 c. fresh or frozen pineapple (I prefer fresh if I can get it)
8 oz. R.W. Knudsen pineapple coconut juice (or try coconut
1/4 c. organic shredded, unsweetened coconut
2 T. fresh cilantro
popsicle holders, ice cube trays or dixie cups with popsicle

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth, then pour into popsicle holders or whatever you are using and freeze.

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