RECIPE: Summer Popsicles (&& a birthday challenge)

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Gosh darn it has been getting hotter and hotter this month.  What better way to cool off with POPSICLES?!?!?!  I don't know why I waited til I was 27 to make my own, but alas.. here we are!!  I wanted to share this yummy, scrumdidliumptous post with all my readers that I shared on JAA last week!!  So here we go :)

I should have been knocking on wood in late June - bragging about how lovely the weather has been this summer in Hawaii.  Little did I know it would be as hot as Hades the first week of July!  

Enter summer popsicles here!  I've enjoyed seeing all the different flavor combinations in blogland and wanted to create some of mine own to share with you (plus it is on my birthday challenge list)!  Lately I've been on a health kick and have been really trying to incorporate a clean and fresh diet into my lifestyle.  Today we're doing two flavor combos - Straw-Melon Balsamic and Tropical Green Tea.
We're gonna use (what I like to call) the triple P popsicle method.
1. PUREE your fruit/ingredients
2. POUR the puree into the molds
3. POP the molds into your freezer

Get it? Got it?  Good. Easy peasy, right?
Straw-Melon Balsamic Pops
1 cup of strawberries
1 cup of watermelon
Sweetener to taste (I like honey!)
2 tbsp of balsamic vinegar

I had a strawberry balsamic vinegar on hand - so I was lucky enough to use that!

Tropical Green Tea Pops
2 cups of tropical frozen fruit
1 cup of brewed green tea
Sweetener to taste (again, I like honey!)

For the tropical fruit, I use a mix from Target that has banana, mango, papaya and peach. [FREEBIE: frozen fruits are equally, if not more nutritous than fresh fruits because frozen fruits are picked at it's peak ripeness and flash frozen to preserve all of its nutrients - opposed to a mango sitting on a boat to Hawaii from Mexico] So I wouldn't lose the tea flavor amidst the fruit, I brewed a strong (3 tea bag) cup!

Again, use the three P popsicle method: Puree, Pour, Pop!
*its okay if your puree is chunky, it gives the popsicle character!

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