Strawberry, Pear And Lime Ice Pop

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These bright and inviting frozen ice pops will grab any kid’s attention, but who’s kidding whom? The kid in all of us couldn’t wait to bite into these refreshing icy treats; a perfect way to stay cool on a hot day and with summer just around the corner, the timing is perfect. These cool treats make for a tasty way to get the goodness of vitamin C, potassium, health promoting phytonutrients and fiber.

This zesty cheese-like spread is sweet, crunchy and sports a bit of spiciness for an interesting appetizer offering. This spread provides bone-loving calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and protein among other awesome health-promoting ingredients; just one of the many amazing recipes from my book 175 Best Superfood Blender Recipes Using Your NutriBullet.

 

Some of the ingredient highlights are:

Pears

Key nutrients: fiber, potassium, anthocyanidins, flavan-3-ols (epicatechin), proanthocyanidins

Health-promoting properties: Helps to slow the rate digestion and promote a sense of satiety, as well as, lowers cholesterol. Promotes regularity, lowers blood pressure, and supports a healthy heartbeat. Provides antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, improves endothethial function, chelates (binds) excessive metals like copper and iron reducing free radical production and supports normal cell division and growth. Supports the liver’s normal detoxification pathways.

Health conditions that benefit: May help with overweight and obesity; achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. Supports the treatment and prevention of hemorrhoids and the management of diverticular disease. Benefits any health condition with increased oxidation and inflammation like CVD and diabetes. Reduces the risk for CVD, endothethial dysfunction, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, and offer neuro (brain) protection and can help to preserve cognitive function. Lowers high blood pressure Provides neuroprotection and can help to preserve cognitive function.

Strawberries

Key nutrients: fiber, potassium, vitamin C, flavonoids (anthocyanidins, catechins, proanthocyanidins)

Health-promoting properties: Supports bone and teeth development, lowers blood pressure, stimulates collagen production and has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antihistamine properties. Promotes satiety, regularity and the gut bacteria (microbiota) health. Aids in insulin metabolism and blood sugar regulation and lowers cholesterol and triglycerides. Enables protein synthesis, vitamin D metabolism, blood sugar balance, neurotransmitter production and function.

Health conditions that benefit: May help with overweight and obesity; achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. Supports the treatment and prevention of hemorrhoids and the management of diverticular disease. Benefits any health condition with increased oxidation and inflammation like CVD and diabetes. Reduces the risk for CVD, endothethial dysfunction, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, and offer neuro (brain) protection and can help to preserve cognitive function. Lowers high blood pressure Provides neuroprotection and can help to preserve cognitive function.

Strawberry, pear and lime ice pops

Makes 12 Servings

Tall Cup

Ingredients

  • 12,  2 oz (60 g) ice pop molds and sticks
  • 2 pears, such as D’Anjou, cored and halved
  • 3/4 tsp (3 ml) grated lime zest
  • 1/4 cup (45 ml)  lime juice
  • 1/4 cup  (50 ml)  granulated sugar or coconut sugar
  • 2-1/4 cups  (550 ml) frozen strawberries
  • Pinch kosher salt

Directions

  1. Add pears, lime zest, lime juice, sugar, strawberries and salt to the tall cup. Twist the extractor blade onto the cup to seal. Turn the cup upside down and press and turn cup into the power base for 40 seconds, or until smooth.
  2. Remove the cup from the power base and twist off the extractor blade. Pour mixture into ice pop molds, cover and insert sticks. Freeze for 4 hours or until solid. Quickly dip molds into hot water to release pops.

Tips

  • Small (about 2 oz/60 g) paper or plastic cups can be used in place of the molds.
  • Leftover popsicle can be frozen for up to 7 days.
  • 1 fresh lime will yield about 1/4 cup (50 mL)

Optional Nutrition Boost

  • 1-1/2 tsp (7 mL) pomegranate powder

175 Best Superfood Blender Recipes Using Your NutriBullet will be available in Chapters and Indigo in Canada, and Barnes & Noble in the US, and will be available in Costco Canada too. Of course you can also order it on Amazon.ca or Amazon.com today!!

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