Dawna Ara, L.Ac.

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Easy, Delicious, Healthy, Anti-Inflammatory Creamsicles

Yep, you read that correctly! I’m going to teach you how to spice up your popsicles to make them healthy and medicinal.

The base of all these popsicles contain coconut so if you’re not a fan or have an intolerance to it, then either substitute with ½ cup cashews and 2 cups of water, or just use water for a non creamy version.

First thing I do is pour the water from one baby coconut into a blender.

Hint: the secret is to buy the coconut with the top already scrapped off so you don’t have to bust out the sledgehammer from your tool box and make a mess in your kitchen.

Scoop out the meat and add it to the blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Then divide the mixture into 4 equal parts. Caution: Blended coconut is extremely delicious. Try not to eat it all before using.

Icy-Hot Pop

For the first creamsicle pour one of the 4 parts of coconut milk back into the blender. Add ¼ cup mango, ¼ cup papaya, ¼ inch slice fresh ginger root, ¼ slice fresh turmeric root, and 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon. Blend until smooth and creamy then pour into popsicle tray. Makes about 2 pops.

Rinse the blender out.

Blueberry Dream

Now for the second creamsicle pour ¼ of the coconut mixture back into the blender. Add ½ cup of blueberries and about 5-7 fresh mint leaves. Blend until smooth and creamy then pour into popsicle tray. Makes about 2 pops.

Rinse the blender again.

Strawberry Clouds

Pour ¼ of the coconut mixture back into the blender and add about ½ cup strawberries. Add a few fresh basil leaves and touch of rosemary. Blend until smooth and creamy then pour into popsicle tray. Makes about 2 pops.

Rinse the blender again.

Pina Colada BAM!

Use the last part of the coconut mixture and add ½ cup fresh pineapple. Add just a touch of cayenne pepper. Blend until smooth and creamy then pour into popsicle tray. Makes about 2 pops.

Remember, you can alter the popsicles to your liking and add just about any spice you like! Get creative and make your own pops!

Enjoy!

About Dawna Ara
Dawna is an acupuncturist, herbalist, functional medicine practitioner, a mom, wife, writer, nature lover, chef and whole foods advocate. She teaches how to live a healthy lifestyle through her website Eat Play Work Sleep.