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DIY Brain Boosting Popsicles

SPONSORED BY: The Brain Wave Center


Florida sunshine is year round, so is your child’s boundless energy! Let’s channel that into a fun project they can help with and reap all the benefits. We found some recipes that highlight fresh mega fruits and dropped the refined sugar of processed popsicles. So grab your favorite fruits and get creative!


THE ESSENTIALS

Molds: Popsicle making technology has impressively advanced since most of us were kids. Go to Amazon for a million choices, or get creative with shapes from plastic containers from home.


Fruit: puree naturally sweetened fruit with lemon or lime for some acidity to reduce the overly icy texture. Fruit juice such as orange, lemon, guava, grape or apple make the most reliable pops that tend to melt slower. A combination of puree and juice mixed also works to infuse different flavors. To add texture and visual appeal, you can chop small or thinly sliced pieces of fruit like watermelon, strawberry, mango, pineapple or kiwi.


Creamy Popsicles: Adding yogurt for protein and probiotics for digestive health creates a natural creaminess that adds a smooth texture. Pureed bananas with the juice can also create a soft bite. Unsweetened coconut milk adds a creamy popsicle texture with subtle sweet flavor. Mixing or blending juice, whole fruit and something creamy also make for a consistently creamy popsicle.


Freeze Time: Depending on the ingredients, at least 4 to 6 hours is needed to turn the parts from liquid to solid. Overnight freezing is the safest bet, and something to look forward to the next day!


When finished in Freezer: Removing Popsicles From Mold- Run the molds under warm water for ten to fifteen seconds. Slowly and carefully remove each popsicle. If the popsicles remain in the mold, run them under the warm water for a few more seconds, ensuring not to melt the pops. Freeze or eat immediately!


Flavor Combos that boost brain power:

• Blackberry or Blueberry & Lemon

• Orange Mango Coconut

• Guava, Pomegranate, & Lemon

• Minty Watermelon


Any Combination of your favorites may also include: Blueberry, Pineapple, Mangoes, Tangerines to boost Vitamin B6 and C.


ORANGE MANGO COCNUT

- Puree 3 cups mango slices, 1 1/2 cup coconut milk, orange juice and honey.


- Cut the remaining 1 cup mango slices into 1/4 inch cubes. Evenly divide them among the popsicle molds.


- Add 3 tablespoons of mango coconut mixture, gently tapping mold on the counter to make sure liquid fills in the diced mango spaces.


- Add 1 tablespoon of coconut milk, or until the mold is filled. Insert the popsicle sticks, and then freeze for at least 6 hours, or overnight.


BLACKBERRY LEMON

- In a medium-sized bowl whisk - together lemon juice, zest, and vanilla yogurt, set aside.


- Puree blackberries and mixed berry yogurt, set aside.


- Layer the popsicles as follows; 1 tablespoon lemon, 1 tablespoon blackberry, repeat. Swirl layers if desired.


- Gently tap the molds on the countertop to remove any air bubbles. Insert the popsicle sticks, and then freeze for at least 6 hours, or overnight.

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