I tell you what. It’s getting HOT here on the Central Coast of California. I live a little more inland than I used to, so the heat waves are hitting a lot harder. We haven’t had too triple digit days yet, but I promise you. They’re coming. And I am NOT ready. I just melt in the heat and I feel like I can’t leave the house. The cabin fever gets real. So lately I’ve been trying to think of all the snacks I can make to help beat the heat. And I think these Summer Superfood Pops are the answer.
Summer Superfood Pops
Popsicles have been on my mind for a while, ever since the kind people at Zoku sent me over a ring pop mold. I mean, how fun are jewel shaped popsicles, right? But I was having the hardest time thinking of a flavor! I wanted to keep it summery, using seasonal produce and no added sugar. I also wanted to keep it relatively simple, but pack a nutritional punch. So, I decided to make these Summer Superfood Pops. And I ended up having two different uses for them!
So what’s inside this simple, super blend? Well, like any good summer frozen treat, the base is watermelon! It’s perfect for adding sweetness, fiber, and of course, water! It’s basically the best binder for fruity popsicles. These pops also have fresh, ripe strawberries. Strawberries are packed with fiber and vitamin C, but also add a little extra sweetness and tartness. As if these weren’t pink enough, I added goji powder to these popsicles to make them pack a real nutrition punch. Goji powder is exactly what it sounds like: dried, powdered goji berries! Goji berries are a bit of a trendy superfood right now, but for their popular for good reason. Not only do they taste amazing, but they’re loaded with vitamin A and vitamin C.
To add a little depth to these Summer Superfood Pops, I decided to add a refreshing summer herb: basil! Like many people, basil is one of my favorite herbs. It’s so versatile! And it pairs incredibly well with the sweetness of strawberries and watermelon, so it was a bit of a no-brainer in this recipe. The final superfood ingredient in this recipe is collagen! If you know me, or follow me on Instagram, you know how obsessed I am with collagen. I literally take it every day. The benefits I’ve seen not only in my hair, skin, and nails, but also in my overall health is amazing. I swear by the stuff. And seeing as it’s odorless and tasteless, it obviously needed to be included in this recipe, too! Because why not get a little extra protein and some awesome health benefits while enjoying a delicious popsicle?
I’m not going to lie to you. My original plan with this recipe was just popsicles. Popsicles are fun, delicious, and super easy. But, as my popsicle molds are pretty small, I had a bit of this blend leftover. It got me thinking about what else I could do with it. Then, while watching The Pioneer Woman talk about freezing herbs and olive oil in ice cube trays, it occurred to me. Ice cubes! I could make ice cubes out of this fruity, herby mix. So, I poured the rest of the mixture into an ice cube tray and let it freeze for a few hours as well. I then served it with ginger kombucha, similar to my Ginger Berry Basil Mocktail recipe, and it was incredible. I also think these ice cubes would infuse some delicious flavor in water and other drinks!
If all else fails and you want to use these Summer Superfood ice cubes as a good smoothie, or margarita, starter, throw a few in a blender with a little coconut water and you have another tasty, healthy blend!
Regardless of how, I hope you this recipe helps you cool down and take full advantage of these long, hot summer days! Enjoy!