Nature has given us some of the most delightful and refreshing treats to leave you feeling great inside and out. It’s all about the antioxidants.
What exactly are antioxidants?
You’ve heard how they are a powerful force in the fight against free radicals, but what is the science behind antioxidants? How do they work?
Antioxidants are vitamins, minerals and nutrients that help protect healthy cells from damage caused by free radicals. Pesky free radicals are atoms or groups of atoms that can be formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules.
Once formed, free radicals start a chain reaction and can damage cells.
To prevent free radical damage the body has a defense system of antioxidants. To help fight free radicals, freeze up some of these sweet treats for something yummy!
What should you include?
- Peaches– contains vitamin A and vitamin C, both antioxidants.
- Melon– contains large amounts of vitamin C and copper, which is great for supporting skin health.
- Strawberries– contains vitamin C, Folate, fiber and antioxidants.
- Blueberries– a super supply of antioxidants and a great source of vitamin K, vitamin C, and Manganese.
- Limes– An obvious mega dose of vitamin C!
1 cup cold water
1/4 cup of honey
1/2 of a honeydew melon, diced
1 pint blueberries
½ pint strawberries (sliced)
2 limes, juiced
- In a blender, add your chopped honeydew melon, honey, water and lime juice. Blend until completely liquefied. Grab your favorite popsicle molds.
- Fill your molds 3/4 of the way full with the honeydew mixture.
- Add the blueberries, strawberries and peach slices into the filled molds.
Pop them into the freezer for a minimum of 4 hours for them to fully harden.
Looking for something a little more decadent? Try a creamy, fruity (and vegan!) pop. Coconut milk is all the rage, and for good reason. Coconuts are highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. Unlike cow’s milk, coconut milk is lactose free so can be used as a milk substitute by those with lactose intolerance.
400 ml coconut milk (fresh & raw or 1 can of store-bought)
1/4 cup raw cane sugar (or your favorite sweetener)
Fruit of your choice – we love berries of all varieties!
Fill molds with small pieces of fruit, leaving room for the cream base.
Blend the coconut milk and sweetener until smooth. Carefully and slowly pour into your popsicle molds until they are full. Set in the freezer overnight or until frozen solid.
Enjoy these out in the sunshine!