My boys were feeling a little under the weather yesterday. For Charlie an intermittent cough was starting and for Van the dreaded runny nose and fever. I thought to myself… what better way to combat these colds than with popsicles!
These popsicles are packed with vitamine C, minerals, electrolytes and are super easy to make in a blender.
1 peeled Pink Grapefruit
1 peeled Orange
1/2 peeled Lime
1 cup Coconut Water
1 handfull of chopped Mint
1 cup diced Cherries, frozen or fresh
Keep in mind the pith (that white stuff that hides out between the fruit and the peel) contains the most vitamins and minerals, so try to leave as much of it on as you can.
Put your orange, grapefruit, lime, and coconut water into the blender and blend until smooth. In the meantime, chop your fresh mint and dice your cherries. Add these to the blender and spin it on the lowest setting for just a second or two in order to incorporate the ingredients but not blend them in. I gave these popsicles a little texture and visual interest by not blending all of the ingredients together smoothly but if you have a sensory sensitive child who frowns upon texture, feel free to mix everything together from the start.
Fill your popsicle molds and pop into the freezer for a few hours to freeze!
Grapefruit is a great source of vitamin C, contains the fiber pectin and the pink and red varieties contain the antioxidant lycopene. It has also been shown to have antimicrobial properties. Always be careful though when it comes to mixing grapefruit and prescription medications and check first to see if grapefruit will cause an adverse effect on the effectiveness of any medications.
Orange has an acidic ph and is another great source of vitamin C.
Limes are also acidic and a much better source of vitamin C than lemons. They also contain calcium and phosphorus.
Cherries are an anti-inflammatory fruit that is rich in the anti-oxidant melatonin they are also a good source of potassium, iron, manganese and zinc. Depending upon the variety they can also be very high in vitamin C.
Mint is an herb which has many benefits, including the ability to stimulate the saliva glands and the production of digestive enzymes making it particularly beneficial to digestion. It is also useful when combating a headache and very effective in opening up congestion of the nose, throat, bronchi and lungs.
Coconut water is a powerhouse of electrolytes to replenish the body. It also contains many naturally occurring bioactive enzymes which aid digestion and it is a good source of B-complex vitamins and potassium.
If you do not have popsicle molds sitting around the house, have no fear, for there is another way! Ice cub trays. Fill with the mix and simply cover with saran wrap. then stick toothpicks into each cube. The plastic wrap will hold them straight up and centered while the cubes freeze. Perfect for even the littlest of hands.