How-Tuesday: Create Refreshing Spa-Inspired Popsicles at Home!
Our friends at Lake Austin Spa Resort in Austin, Texas, were kind enough to let us share their delicious recipes for making spa-inspired summer popsicles, guaranteed to refresh you during the hot summer days!
Watermelon Berry Pops
2 cups seeded watermelon, cut into chunks
½ cup fresh or frozen strawberries
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons organic sugar, honey or agave nectar (or to taste)
Peppermint or cinnamon basil sprigs
Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Pour into molds and freeze overnight.
Get an afternoon energy boost with a coffee popsicle. Substitute chai or black tea for the coffee if desired. Caramel coffee and almond milk are my favorite combination.
1 cup strong coffee (flavored coffee if you like)
2 tablespoons organic sugar, honey or agave nectar
1 cup 2 percent or whole milk or light cream or almond milk
Mix sweetener with coffee after brewing. Allow to cool. Add milk and pour into molds. Freeze overnight.
Avocado Mint Creamsicles
1 large ripe avocado
½ cup light cream
¼ cup milk
1 to 2 sprigs of fresh mint
2 tablespoons organic sugar, agave nectar or honey (or to taste)
Dash of salt
Cut the avocado into chunks and scoop from the peel into a blender. Add remaining ingredients and process on low speed until smooth. Pour into molds and freeze for at least 6 hours.
Pina Colada Popsicles
1 cup canned crushed pineapple, packed in juice
1 cup canned low fat coconut milk
2 tablespoons agave nectar
2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
Fresh mint or chopped pineapple sage flowers
Mix all ingredients and pour into molds. Freeze several hours or overnight.
Add one mashed, ripe banana to the mix to add more tropical flavor.
Yogurt Berry Pops
1 cup of fresh or frozen berries – strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, cherry or any combination
1 cup low fat vanilla Greek style yogurt
2 tablespoons honey or agave nectar
Process berries until smooth in a blender or food processor. Add remaining ingredients and process until well blended. Pour into molds and freeze overnight.
Vary the flavors of yogurt and fruits. Try coconut Greek yogurt with fresh pineapple chunks, strawberry yogurt with fresh bananas.
1 cup fresh squeezed orange or pineapple juice
Several pieces of fresh lemon verbena and lemon balm
1 large ripe mango, peeled and diced or 2 cups frozen mango chunks
Crush the herbs and stir into the juice and refrigerate overnight. Strain and discard the herbs and add the mango pieces in a blender container. Blend ingredients until smooth and pour into molds. Freeze overnight.
Substitute persimmon pulp, guava or banana for the mango for a different tropical flavor.