Healthy Homemade Organic Fruit and Vegetable Icy Pole Recipes
When it heats up there is nothing more refreshing than an icy-pole or ice-lolly. The trouble is most store bought varieties contain loads of refined sugar and often artificial colours, flavours and preservatives, not great! Add to this the packaging and buying icy poles is not very eco-friendly either. So instead why not make your own icy poles using these Healthy Homemade Organic Fruit and Vegetable Icy Pole Recipes.
Below I show you how easy and simple it really is to make healthy, organic icy poles, which make great healthy summer treat for you and the kids!
To make your own icy poles you do need a few basic pieces such as either a cold press juice extractor, or hand citrus press, stick or jar blender, plus of course the all important icy pole molds that are from safe, inert plastic e.g Polypropylene (PP No#5 plastic) IKEA have some. The ones in the image are a very clever screw up icy pole mold made from PP that I found at Howard Storage.
Healthy Icy Pole Recipes
Grab a selection of organic fruits and vegetables your family like to eat. When organic fresh fruits are not in season you can use certified organic frozen fruits. You can buy pre-packaged ones, but check where they are being imported from or, you can stock up on fresh fruit when it is in season and wash and freeze for a few months to use when you need.
I When it comes to vegetables it is best to stick with sweeter ones e.g beetroot and carrots, but if you have a very good blender that will really pulverize vegetables to a smooth consistency, you can add in vegetables such as fresh spinach and kale to make a super healthy icy pole.LivingSafe’s Organic Beetroot, Kiwi and Orange Icy-Poles- A Healthy 100% Natural Red Icy Pole
Method – First thoroughly wash, then peel, then wash again the fruit and beetroot, as even organic fruit and vegetables must be washed well to remove pathogens and bacteria found in the soil.
Next either using a a cold-press manual wheat-grass juice extractor, or a powerful food processor such as a Vitamix, add equal amounts of orange and kiwi fruit and about half that amount in beetroot. Pour into molds and freeze.
You can also add a little freshly squeezed, organic lemon juice to help preserve your icy poles for longer and keep them fresh.
* Note- as these contain fresh beetroot juice, they will stain clothing, so when giving to children beware!
If your children are adverse to finding bits of fruit in their icy-poles, then strain juice first before pouring into molds.Try the following combinations –
- Pineapple, Strawberries & Oranges
- Mango, Pineapple and Kiwi & Carrots
- Apple, Spinach and Beetroot & Blueberries
Tip- when using frozen organic fruit, it is best to use a powerful blender; e.g. Vitamix to really puree down the fruit so that it is smooth.
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