June 19, 2008

Popsicles All Grown-up

Popsicles playfully pair with a sunny day. Especially when it's 106 degrees outside!

If you're yearning for something cold, a tad bit sweet & bursting with antioxidants. Try my acai berry pops, no artificial coloring here and packed full of beneficial bacteria. A refreshing alternative to those neon, sugar plumped pops leering at us through the foggy freezer doors at the grocery store.

Acai (ah-sigh-ee) is grown in the Amazon rainforest. An indigo stonefruit that grows in clusters on the Acai Palm. It tastes of rich berries flecked with hints of cocoa.

This berry packs quite a bit of superpower. Chock full of antioxidants with 10-30 times the anthocyanins of red wine. Also, bursting with healthy doses of Omega 6 & 9.

I prefer to use Sambazon's frozen acai puree since they practice sustainable agriculture and they've created a supply chain that benefits thousands of local families. You can find acai puree in the freezer section at most natural foods stores.

acai berry pops

frozen packets of organic acai puree--I use 2 of the 3.53 oz packets from Sambazon
1 large handful of strawberries
1 cup + 6 dollops of whole milk Organic yogurt --I use plain, but by all means use a sweetened vanilla1/4 vanilla bean (if you aren't using vanilla yogurt already)
amber agave to taste

In a blender puree everything except for the 6 dollops of yogurt. Sweeten to taste with agave, I like to use the amber agave as it is processed at a lower temperature and retains more nutrients then the light syrup.

Place a dollop of yogurt in the bottom of at least 6, 4oz popsicle molds. Top off with the acai berry mixture. Stir around for a swirly look and pop in the freezer for a few hours.

You can use honey to sweeten if you like and of course use any other fruit...blueberries & mangoes would be delicious!

Kiss Spring goodbye & say hello to Summer!

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