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    Detox Popsicles

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    The summertime appeal of ice pops. They’re sweet, colorful, lickable and a manageably small snack in an age of gargantuan portions. They recall a simpler time, before the era of artisanal-gelato shops.

    The very first Popsicle ice pop was created way back in the year 1905 by an 11-year-old named Frank Epperson. Yes you read it right, Popsicle was invented by a kid! After a long day of play Frank went inside, but left his cup of soda with the stirring stick still in it out on the porch. The night got very cold, and when Frank came outside the next morning he found out that his drink was frozen like an icicle. Frank called his invention the “Epsicle.” It was a hit with the kids at school, and later with his own kids who called it “Pop’s ‘sicle.” The name was catchy and the treat was delicious, so Frank patented it in the year 1923 to share his Popsicle ice pops with the world. The popsicles you buy at the local corner store tend to be sickeningly sweet and neon bright, thanks to an abundance of high-fructose corn syrup and artificial colors. Thankfully, this is something you can easily remedy, since it’s child’s play to make ice pops at home, as long as you have a blender or a food processor; some ice-pop molds, either purchased or jury-rigged; and a freezer. If you don’t have, and don’t want to buy, plastic molds, just pour the mix into four to six paper cups and stick them in the freezer. After an hour or so, insert a wooden stick into each cup — the mixture will have solidified enough that the stick should stay upright and continue to freeze until totally solid. Frozen treats have been around for as long as humanity has been able to harness ice in the warmer months. Ice cream, sorbet, and many other frozen treats have histories that span the centuries. However, have you ever thought these delicious cool treats can help you detox? Well, this is possible as our specially curated recipes for summer will certainly help you to detox your body. Here’s presenting ice popsicles with a healthier twist.

    Nothing tastes better on a hot summer day than fresh-from-the-freezer homemade ice pops. This time it is going to be with a healthier twist!

    Acai Berry Popsicles

    Makes 6 Popsicles

    You will need:

    • 2 pure unsweetened Acai berry pulp packets

    • 1 ripe banana

    • 1/2 cup mango

    • 1/4 cup peaches

    • 1/2 cup coconut water

    Instructions:

    • In a blender, combine Acai pulp, banana, mango, peaches and coconut water. Blend until smooth. Pass the mixture through fine sieve into a bowl.

    • Pour the mixture into the popsicle mould and freeze for one hour.

    • Add the popsicle sticks to the molds, return to the freezer, and then freeze for an additional 4-6 hours, or overnight.

    Iced Tea Popsicles

    Makes 6 Popsicles

    You will need:

    • 1 tbsp tea of your choice

    • 2 cups water

    • 1-2 tbsp lemon juice

    • 2 tbsp honey

    Instructions:

    • Boil the water and add tea and sugar. Steep the tea for about five minutes. Make sure you do not oversteep.

    • Add lemon juice and pour the mixture into the popsicle mold and freeze for one hour.

    • Add the popsicle sticks to the molds, return to the freezer, and then freeze for an additional 4-6 hours, or overnight.

    Sweet Peach Popsicles

    Makes 6 Popsicles

    You will need:

    • 2 cups water

    • 2 medium peaches, diced

    • 1 peach, sliced

    • 3 tbsp honey

    • 3 tbsp lemon juice

    Instructions:

    • Wash and slice the peach. Add 1-2 slices in each popsicle mould.

    • Combine the water, peaches, honey, and lemon juice in a blender and puree until smooth.

    • Pass the mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl.

    • Pour the mixture into the popsicle mold over the peach slices and freeze for one hour.

    • Add the popsicle sticks to the molds, return to the freezer, and then freeze for an additional 4-6 hours, or overnight.

    Orange and Carrot Popsicles

    Makes 6 Popsicles

    You will need:

    • 1 + 1/2 cup fresh orange juice

    • 1 cup fresh carrot juice

    • 1 inch piece of ginger (optional)

    • 2 tbsp honey

    • Pinch of turmeric

    Instructions:

    • Mix orange juice, carrot juice, honey and turmeric together in a bowl.Pour the mixture into the popsicle mould and freeze for one hour.

    • Add the popsicle sticks to the molds, return to the freezer, and then freeze for an additional 4-6 hours, or overnight.

    • To un-mold your pops, run them under warm water to 10 to 15 seconds each. Pops should slide out of molds easily and can be quickly refrozen and stored in a ziplock bag or individually wrapped in plastic wrap.

    Blackberry Fig Sage Popsicles

    Makes 6 Popsicles

    You will need:

    • 2/3 cup water

    • 1/4 cup honey

    • 30 sage leaves

    • 1+1/4 cup blackberries

    • 1 tbsp lemon juice

    • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp coconut water

    • 12 figs, tips removed

    Instructions:

    • Combine water and sage in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until it just begins to simmer. Remove from heat, cover, and let steep for 20 minutes. Strain the sage leaves out of the mixture, reserving the leaves. Add 1/2 of the sage water to the blender with blackberries, lemon juice, honey, coconut water, and 4-5 reserved sage leaves. Purée until smooth. Transfer to a measuring cup.

    • Give the blender a quick clean and add the remaining sage water, figs, and 4-5 reserved sage leaves. Purée until smooth.

    • Pour about 1 tablespoon of the blackberry purée into each popsicle mold (about 1-inch high).

    • Divide the fig purée among the popsicle molds, leaving room for another layer of blackberry purée. Divide remaining blackberry purée among the popsicle molds. Place the lid over the mold and insert your popsicle sticks as straight at possible.

    • Freeze for 4-6 hours, or until frozen solid. For best results, freeze overnight.