Why does summer bring out that urge to consume high calorie, surgar filled foods that we would otherwise steer clear of in the winter? Ice-cream, freezies, cold beer, margaritas–all high in sugar and guilt. All the while, we’re trying to rock our best bathing suite bods. It just doesn’t seem fair. But, today is your lucky day, because I’ve created a guilt-free, healthy, ice-cold treat, that will satisfy your sinful cravings (maybe not for a margarita, though…you’ll still probably want that.)
What makes this popsicle heathy? Let me introduce you to some of the ingredients: homemade yogurt, organic gelatin, honey and a trio of melons!
I try to incorporate fermented food into my family’s daily diet–this popsicle being no exception, as it’s made with homemade, naturally fermented yogurt (did you know that yogurt is just fermented milk?) You can use plain, organic, store-bought yogurt for this, however, if you haven’t tried making your own yogurt, I strongly suggest you give it a try! It’s rewarding, and incredibly simple.
Fermenting has become a real hobby of mine. To read more on this topic, and the health benefits of fermenting food and drinks, check out my post, Fermented Food 101: The Very Basics on Fermenting Food.
What also makes this popsicle great? It’s made with organic gelatin! Gelatin is an easily digestible protein, containing as many as 18 amino acids (essential building blocks for proteins.) Gelatin helps regulate the body’s metabolism, builds connective tissue, supports skin, hair and nail growth and, apparently, helps reduce cellulite.
Gelatin is not vegan– it’s made from boiling animal bones, and is used as a thickener in everything from Jell-O to Shampoo. For this reason, it’s important to use organic sourced gelatin.
To make this popsicle vegan, swap the yogurt for coconut milk, and the gelatin for agar agar, the vegan substitute for gelatin, which is derived from kelp.
I only recommend using raw, organic honey, and if possible, from local bees. It is my go-to natural sweetener, and also has some pretty cool, medicinal properties. Honey is a natural antiseptic, and when consumed, can help treat acid reflux, diarrhea, infections, and seasonal allergies. Externally, it’s been used to heal minor wounds and burns, and even fight against anti-biotic resistant bacteria!
Melon (Watermelon, Honeydew & Cantaloupe)
And last, but not least, the Melons! I use a trio of melons in this popsicle: watermelon, honey dew and cantaloupe.
4 Fun Facts About Melon:
- Melon is a significant source of Vitamin A and C, powerful antioxidants that help fight the formation of free-radicals known to cause cancer.
- Watermelon is made up of 92% water and full of electrolytes which are important for staying hydrated.
- Melons are considered a weight-loss super-food because they are nutrient dense and low in calories.
- Melons are particularly high in potassium and help to lower blood pressure.
So Eat Up!
- In a small, saucepan, combine gelatin and ¼ cup of water.
- Stir until dissolved and remove from heat.
- Add the honey and remaining water and stir again until dissolved.
- Transfer the mixture to a blender.
- Add the melon and blend about 30 sec.
- Pour the mixture into popsicle molds (or Dixie cups with popsicle sticks), and freeze.
- Enjoy, guilt-free, on a hot day!
Meet Carly, the Modern Hippie Housewife
Carly is a stay-at-home-mom and wife, who left her career in finance to raise her daughter and pursue her passion: growing and cooking awesome, wholesome food for her family, and leading a sustainable, minimalistic life.
You can follow her journey to cleaner, greener living (on a budget) by visiting her blog at www.modernhippiehousewife.com