I have so many fantastic childhood memories. Decorating our freshly picked
Christmas tree, our yearly trips to Prince Edward Island, and of course biking,
the beach, and everything that has to do with summer…including lots of popsicles!
Whenever we heard that cute little tune coming from the ice cream cart or “dicky
dee”, we’d drop whatever we were doing, grab some pocket change and head for
that little white wagon on wheels slowly making it’s way up the street.
My favorite flavors were banana, root beer or that red, white and blue one.
Little did I know I was ingesting LOADS of toxins, artificial colors, flavors and
more. Basically, the only thing natural about these delicious little frozen treats
on a stick was the water.
Ingredients right from popsicle.com:
Root Beer Pop:
water, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, sugar, caramel
color, guar gum, natural flavor, locust bean gum.
water, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, sugar, banana juice
concentrate, guar gum, natural flavor, locust bean gum, phosphoric acid,
turmeric oleoresin (for color).
water, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, sugar, lime juice
(from concentrate), lemon juice (from concentrate), malic acid, citric acid, guar
gum, natural flavor, vegetable juice (for color), locust bean gum, xanthan gum,
tumeric oleoresin (for color).
Cherry, White Lemon, Blue Raspberry:
water, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, sugar, dextrose, malic acid, guar
gum, citric acid, raspberry juice concentrate, lemon juice concentrate, cherry
juice concentrate, modified cellulose, natural and artificial flavor, locust bean
gum, red 40, blue 1.
We know HFCS is bad, and artificial color, but we all seem to breeze over the words “turmeric oleoresin” easily.. We don’t realize the color is extracted using toxic solvents!
Yes, among all those great memories were the foods we didn’t know were really
bad for us.
Many of the ingredients mentioned above have been linked to mental health
issues, learning disabilities, diabetes, and much more.
Color is linked to cancer, ADHD, etc. Yes, even ‘caramel color’. A study on additives
showed that color combined with excitotoxin (MSG or aspartame) is “far more toxic
to developing neurons than either one alone“.
So I felt the need to make my own. And that’s just what we did!
First I start with fruit.
Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, bananas, whatever you like!
Then I experimented with some veggies.
I was I pleasantly surprised! I encourage you to try the following juices as a base
and experiment blending them with other fruits and veggies:
spinach mixed with blended fruit of some kind.
** Remember, if you use only juice, the popsicle will be really hard. If you blend the
juices with other raw fruits and veggies, to make a smoothie before freezing, it will be
easier to enjoy
Here is our favorite recipe (in the picture):
Blend together the following.
— fresh kale and grape juice (mixed together after juicing)
— frozen blueberries
— one scoop of raw greens in powder form (optional)
— honey or maple syrup (optional) you can also add chlorella or spirulina for
extra health benefits
Here’s our son enjoying it:
We’d love to hear what smoothie/juice popsicles you create!!
Naturally Down To Earth Family
Ps. HERE is what’s happening with that all natural deodorant I started making from my kitchen a couple of years ago!
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