Food for the Heart - Recipes from the Soul: Fresh Fruit Popsicles & Refreshers

What’s Cooking? Probably Texas

Summer heat has us all running for cool treats, especially popsicles. Making your own popsicles allows for you to control the ingredients, including the sugar. Most popsicles the first ingredient is sugar, unless you buy “fresh fruit” popsicles it’s the second ingredient. Making your own fresh fruit popsicles takes no time and is a great cold treat for all the end of summer outdoor activities.

Watermelon Mint

Vegan, Gluten-free, Soy-free, Nut-free

Makes 1 ice cube tray (15)

What you need:

2 1/2 cups fresh watermelon

1/3 cup lime juice

10 mint leaves

1 Tbsp Agave (can add 2 Tbsp if your fruit is not very sweet)

What to do:

Combine all ingredients into blender.

Blend until all ingredients are well incorporated and without chunks.

Pour into ice cube tray (fill about 3/4 of the way to ensure it does not overflow when freezing)

Wrap around with foil. If making ice cubes skip to next step. If making popsicles poke a toothpick or short popsicle stick through foil in the middle of the ice cube.

Freeze for at least 6 hours.

Pineapple Orange-sicle

Vegan, Gluten-free, Soy-free, Nut-free

Makes 1 ice cube tray (15)

What you need:

2 cups fresh pineapple

1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice

1 Tbsp agave

1 can coconut milk (chilled in refrigerator overnight)

What to do:

Chill coconut milk can in the refrigerator overnight. This will cause the coconut fat to separate from the liquid and sit on top. Remove coconut fat off top of can. Create a thin layer to cover the bottom of the ice cube tray.

Combine pineapple, orange juice, and agave into blender.

Blend until all ingredients are well incorporated and without chunks.

Pour into remaining space in ice cube tray on top of coconut milk (fill about 3/4 of the way to ensure it does not overflow when freezing)

Wrap around with foil. If making ice cubes skip to next step. If making popsicles poke a toothpick or short popsicle stick through foil in the middle of the ice cube.

Freeze for at least 6 hours.

Enjoy! As a popsicle or as a refresher by pouring mineral or sparkling water for a fruity soda substitute.

Stay Cool Yogis!

-Namaste, Melissa P.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: MELISSA POINDEXTER

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Melissa Poindexter, RDN, LD

A vegan registered dietitian nutritionist who doubles as a local Denton yogi. Melissa started her yoga journey with Karma Yoga three years ago. Melissa has a passion for working with individuals with special diets by giving education through evidence-based research. When off her mat and out of the kitchen, Melissa also enjoys outdoor activities, scuba diving, and gardening.