Popsicles are a fun and refreshing summer treat. I created this recipe to upgrade the traditional versions, which are mostly just a lot of sugar in water, by using wholesome, real food ingredients.
Berries are a nutritional superstar and one of nature’s richest sources of antioxidants. Like many other fruits and vegetables, berries are a good source of Vitamin C and because of their small size and large surface area they are an excellent source of fibre.
The four berries I used in my recipe were blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries.
Blueberries are probably the most researched berries and are renown for their antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins, which can protect the body from cell damage which may lead to aging and certain diseases. Pectin, a type of fibre found in blueberries, may help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and is good for the functioning of the digestive system.
Raspberries contain pectin and quercetin, the latter may slow cancer growth.
Blackberries may have the highest antioxidant content of any berries!
Strawberries are the berry with the highest Vitamin C content!
Using coconut milk and coconut yogurt (or another type of yogurt) gives these popsicles a little more substance and additional nutritional benefits. If using a dairy-based yogurt, you will add calcium to your diet. Calcium is important for bone health.
If the natural sweetness is not enough for you, consider adding a natural sweetener like a tablespoon of honey to the recipe.
For a slightly different taste and a more interesting version add a teaspoon of cinnamon.