Summer and popsicles are perfect for each other, but eating healthy is in many ways both easier, and a lot more difficult during the summer. On the one hand you have a ton of delicious, fresh greens, and sweet and nutritious options like berries and watermelon, but on the other hand the sunny weather has us craving wine, ice cream and other things that our bodies don’t exactly love! I try to live by a 80/20 philosophy when it comes to healthy foods vs. indulgence, and trying to create great recipes that will let me enjoy a little treat without actually being unhealthy, leaves more room for the really good stuff. Eating a gorgeously creamy vanilla ice cream should never be shadowed by guilt, so choosing healthy options whenever I can, leaves my indulgence choices guilt free. It’s hard to make really good vanilla ice cream without all the naughty stuff, but fruit popsicles offer a whole new worlds of variety!
Since fruit is naturally sweet, the need for added sugar is in my opinion simply a matter of habit. We are so used to things being sweet, that the natural flavor of things might feel a bit bland in comparison. When shifting away from adding sugar to everything, this will slowly disappear, and the natural flavors will appear sweeter. Throughout the summer I’m going to post healthy (almost always sugar free) fruit popsicles that will satisfy your cravings, but leave you without a sugar hangover, and plenty of room for indulgence.
I’m a citrus girl, and my favourite part of any cocktail is usually eating the slice of lemon that comes along with it. But since citrus fruits are not particularly sweet, most people would say that this recipe might require a little bit of sugar. This recipe is made with pure, freshly squeezed citrus juice, and depending on how much of the sourness you can deal with, add a little bit of simple syrup. I used a couple of teaspoons in the lime and lemon juice, but none in the grapefruit and orange juice. Try adding a tiny bit at a time, and see how you like it.
Depending on the popsicle moulds you have, measure out how much citrus juice you’ll need, or you can just wing it. Mine are approximately 40% orange juice, 30% grapefruit juice, 20% lemon juice, and 10% lime juice, but you can do whatever ratio you prefer.
What you’ll need is
Don't know how to make simple syrup?
Simply bring equal parts sugar and water to a boil and leave it for a couple of minutes, or until it gets a slightly thicker consistency. Leave it to cool completely, and use it in cocktails, popsicles, or ice coffee.
Start by making your simple syrup, and set it aside to cool while you squeeze the different citrus juices into separate cups. Taste the juices and decide whether you want to add a tiny bit of simple syrup or not. Pour the lime juice into the popsicle moulds and put it in the freezer for about 30 minutes. For a quicker process, place the other citrus juices in the fridge while they wait their turn. Each layer needs to freeze properly for them not to spill into each other when you add the next layer. The first layer will take the shortest amount of time, and the freeze time in between layers will increase each time. When you pour the orange juice into the moulds, it’s time to add the lid and carefully insert the popsicle sticks. Leave the popsicles in the freezer for 6-8h, and run hot water over the mould to release them. I keep my popsicles wrapped in parchment paper, in a plastic container.
A perfect little treat to cool you down on hot summer days like these. Super simple to make, fairly healthy, and pretty delicious!