ANYTHING IS Popsicle!
Theres nothing quite like stepping out of the hot summer heat into the cool shade of your home, opening up the freezer and enjoying a delicious popsicle. You have to admit, you’re fantasizing about it right now. While, not surprisingly you are not alone. I have been slowly collecting some really great ideas from friends on their secrets to staying hydrated, happy and healthy in the summer heat. The other day a friend mentioned to me how she makes her own electrolyte drink after working out. Drinking electrolytes help to maintain an equilibrium of water throughout the body which is especially important during a workout when you tend to sweat a lot. Electrolytes also help to ease muscle cramping, loss of appetite and dizziness. This was the catalyst for me wanting to do a unique popsicle recipe tutorial. Another friend of mine who is a long time touring musical veteran introduced me to the magical and calming Holy Basil. It was my assumption that due to the stress of his job (constant travel and little to no alone time) he had sought out ways to calm his nerves on the road through healthy eating, supplements and exercise. I purchased a bottle of holy basil supplements from the grocery store on his recommendation and proceeded to use it during what would have been a particularly hectic work week. Instead, I was wholly amazed by the results of this holistic approach to stress! It was such a calm feeling Comparable to the calm state I’d achieve through meditating. I also wanted to include Holy Basil in my popsicle recipe. Holy Basil also known as Ocimum sanctum or tulasī is native to the Indian Subcontinent and widespread as a cultivated plant throughout the Southeast Asian tropics. it’s tall with hairy stems and simple opposite green or purple leaves that are strongly scented. Tulasi is cultivated for religious and medicinal purposes. It is widely known across India as a medicinal plant and an herbal tea. It’s commonly used in Ayurveda, and has an important role within the Vaishnavite tradition of Hinduism, in which devotees perform worship involving holy basil plants or leaves. It aids in balancing different processes in the body, and is helpful for adapting to stress. Marked by its strong aroma and astringent taste, it is regarded in Ayurveda as a kind of “elixir of life” and believed to promote longevity. Coming up with two main ingredients was fairly easy. The hard part is keeping them healthy but still tasty too. I’ve always tried to use alternatives to sugar to sweeten. Lately I’ve been happy with my results using Organic blackstrap molasses. One tablespoon of Organic Molasses contains 20% of the recommended daily intake for calcium, 22.5% of the daily intake for magnesium and almost 40% of the recommended daily intake for iron. Sweet and healthy. In addition, if the molasses doesn’t quite do it for ya, keep it in the recipe but also add one of the following: honey, agave, dates or coconut cream to balance out the flavor and make a sweeter popsicle. This popsicle recipe was also made with a mix of berries and mango for additional Vitamin C, Potassium, Folate, Fiber, Antioxidants and Vitamin A! Below is the Popsicle recipe I created for 1-1/2 cups worth to fill my popsicle mold. You can save extra in the fridge to refill if you wind up going over. the extra unfrozen mix should be good for up to 4-6 days later. Always better to have too much as opposed to not enough.
berry + Holy basil + sea salt popsicles:
- 1 Cup of mixed berries and mangoes (fresh if you can, but frozen is fine too)
- 1 Tablespoon of Organic Blackstrap Molasses
- 3-4 basil leaves
- 1/8 teaspoon of Sea Salt
- 2-4 drops of organic vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup of Holy basil sun tea
- 1-2 tablespoons of another sweetener from the recommended healthy choices (I used honey in this case)