When the humidity and heat hit, we reach for what can cool us off, right? Anything on a stick or in a squeezee at our house is always a hit. We had some Knudsen’s orange carrot juice in the fridge (as a vessel for the kids getting their liquid cod liver oil in every day). It’s got such a nice smooth flavor I knew it would be refreshing as a popsicle, and thus, the Summer Zinger Popsicles were born.
A fun and easy way to sneak greens in, smoothies and popsicles are a container for nutrient dense foods. With collagen for protein and coconut cream for fat, these popsicles will tide you over until lunch is ready, dishes are put away, or as a nightcap on a warm evening.
Let’s talk about nutrient dense ingredients, shall we?
Collagen: Is the most abundant protein in our body and is a major building block for bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and skin. It helps to reduce visible signs of aging as it gives our skin strength and elasticity, replaces dead skin cells. It works great to increase joint mobility as an anti-inflammatory agent. Many women enjoy this supplement as it is great for hair and nail growth as well. A surprising benefit to some is it’s support of healing leaky gut by assisting water absorption within the small intestine.
Ginger: This anti-oxidant powerhouse is known for it’s zinger of a taste, which inspired the name of these popsicles. It’s refreshing, helpful for easing nausea, and for calming digestive discomfort in general. It is also anti-inflammatory so can be helpful for aching joints.
Coconut cream: My generation has been brought up on the low to no fat craze and I genuinely believe it’s what got us into the pickle of a health epidemic that we are in. This healthy fat is known to increase cholesterol. We actually need healthy fats for our body to get rid of bad fats, and this is an easy way to do that. Coconut is comprised of medium chain fatty acids and is rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Its healthy fat source is being called upon in the prevention of memory disorders
Look, like I implied above, popsicles can be fun, and should be fun, but from a mama’s perspective, they are also a way to get in those good nutrients. I always aim for a healthy fat, a fruit, and some greens. Juice, diluted juice, or kombucha also make a great base.
Putting those nutrients into a great popsicle mold is the next step. There are many silicone BPA free options you can try. We have a couple different set ups, though I like these and recently found one like it at Target.
It’s recipe time!
- 16 ounces Knudsen's carrot orange juice
- 4 T collagen
- ½ cup coconut cream
- handful of baby spinach
- thumbnail portion of ginger, squeezed with a garlic press
- ½ T honey
- Toss the above ingredients in a high speed blender. Blend, and pour into popsicle molds.
- Chill until frozen, and serve.