The last days of summer are upon us but today is supposed to be a hot one! So, what better way to beat the heat than with some homemade popsicles! These babies are the perfect snack to have at the cottage this long weekend as you flip through trashy magazines on the dock.
But as always, my suggestions relate to beauty. Not only can tasty ice pop cool you down but when you use anti-inflammatory ingredients they can help sensitive, angry complexions from the inside out. Refreshing and beautifying!
Here are two anti-inflammatory ice pop recipes. One uses fresh mint, which is cooling inside and out, while the other uses the Holistic VaniTEA Anti-inflammatory Tea. The hibiscus in this tea not only helps to lower blood pressure and soothing our internal bodies but it also makes a lovely, bright fuchsia colour that is gorgeously girly. Follow these simple steps and have anti-inflammatory ice pops in no time!
Cooling Mint Popsicles
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
2 cups water
optional: natural sweetener to taste (ex. maple syrup, coconut nectar, green stevia)
1. Wash the mint leaves and leave a few extras out for garnish
2. Boil the water with mint leaves in it. I actually have just stuck a bunch of mint springs into my electric kettle, making the process really fast but you can also just do this stove top. Turn heat off as soon as it starts to boil. That way you don’t evaporate all your mint tea away. This happens automatically when you use the kettle.
3. You should now have a golden mint tea. If its not a golden colour, it needs more time steeping. Let this mint tea cool (only needs to be luke warm – doesn’t have to be cold)
4. Add sweetener as desired (those with a sweet tooth may want two tablespoons, while others will skip this altogether!).
5. Pour into popsicle molds and add a mint leaf or two to each popsicle (the ones separated from step 1). This is just to make ’em pretty!
If you have extra mint tea left, use it in your ice cube tray – it makes a lovely addition to beverages like sparking mineral water!
Anti-Inflammatory Tea Ice Pops
2 tablespoons of the Holistic VaniTEA Anti-inflammatory tea
2 cups of water
optional: natural natural sweetener to taste (ex. maple syrup, coconut nectar)
1. Scoop tea into a tea strainer. If you want it to be nice and pink, try to get spoonfuls with hibiscus in it (the dried red flowers in this tea).
2. Bring water to a boil
3. Pour it through the tea strainer. Let the tea strainer sit in the water for a minute or two. You are essentially making a strong tea.
4. Add sweetener as desired. This makes the ice pops more treat-like. While I like them without sweetener, they are quite tart so are an acquired taste. With sweetener they are really yummy!
5. Pour into popsicle molds.
6. Serve when frozen/set.