Post by Contributing Writer, Katie
With the hot summer days upon us, we are spending more time outside. What better way to cool down than to eat a popsicle? Kids love them (and who are we kidding, adults do too!) They are a fun and easy treat to make; perfect after playing outside or just spending a lot of time in the sun.
Unfortunately, most popsicles you find in the stores are loaded with high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, dyes and many other things we don’t want to put into our bodies. Even many of the more “natural”ones are full of fake ingredients. The solution? Make your own!
You can find cheap popsicle molds at most department stores. If you are concerned about using plastics that could leach into your popsicles you can find stainless steel options on sites such as The Tickle Trunk.
This popsicle’s base is peaches. I like to only use organic peaches since non organic peaches are high in pesticides. The best place this summer for fresh and juicy peaches is the farmers market.
Don’t let the high prices of organic produce deter you. For the past couple years I have gone near the end of the night and asked the farmer if I can buy their “seconds”. “Seconds” are fruits that can’t be sold at regular price because of bruises. I pay 50 cents a pound for slightly bruised organic fruit. The farmer lets me pick through the box myself. I come away with fruit that might only have a bruise or two and pay less than half the price! When you are using the peaches for popsicles, smoothies, pies and canning, who cares about a few bruises? I sure don’t!
Adding herbs to your popsicles gives a boost to your day. One of my favorite herbs to use in popsicles is chamomile. Chamomile has a sweet, mild taste with a hint of apple flavor. It is a soothing and relaxing herb. It calms upset tummies and digestive tracts. It also rehydrates the body by balancing out the electrolytes. Perfect after spending a long time in the hot sun.
Peach Chamomile Popsicles
3 large Peaches
3 tsp (or tea bags) dried Chamomile Flowers
1 1/2 cups Water
1/4 to 1/2 cup Raw Honey
1/4 cup fresh squeezed Lemon Juice
In a small sauce pot bring your water to a simmer. Add the chamomile flowers and raw honey. Cover and turn off the heat. Let steep for fifteen minutes. While it is steeping, slice your peaches and put them in the blender. Strain the chamomile and honey mixture, reserving the liquid. (Or if you want, leave the chamomile flowers in.) Pour slowly into the blender. Add the lemon juice. Blend on high until the mixture is smooth. Pour into molds and freeze for at least four hours. This makes about 4 cups of puree. The amount of popsicles it will make depends on the size of your molds.
So what are you waiting for? Make some popsicles for your kids or neighbor kids and enjoy the early summer!
Katie is a dorm “mama” to 12 amazing girls ages 8 to 18 at a home and school for the Deaf in Baja California, Mexico. She and her “hijas” can be frequently found in the kitchen, the garden or making friends with their new chickens. She loves to read, hike the hills near her home and spend time with her girls. In her spare time Katie blogs at Mexican Wildflower about nourishing foods, herbal remedies, simple living, raising her girls and encouraging other women in their walk with Christ.