By Kathleen Kahlon
Summer time in Toronto brings with it manic weather—scorching hot one day, sweater worthy another. Every year my mother takes out her “summer clothes” in April telling me I’ll be far to hot if I keep wearing winter gear. But I know better than my mother in this regard (this is perhaps the only thing that I know better). I wait until the beginning of June to don my summer clothes and I always keep a few winter items on hand in case mother nature choses to play with us, which she always does.
And this year is certainly no exception. In fact, our big comforter has been on our bed for the last few weeks to keep us warm on chilly August nights. When last night I exclaimed in the middle of the night to my husband “I’m hot, ugh….”, I knew today would be a great day to make my healthy fruitsicles. Simple and easy, they are a healthy treat for a hot summer day. The good thing about them is they are so healthy that you can eat more than one…keeping yourself cool has never been so enjoyable.
Easy peasy fruitsicle recipe
1/2 cup of cold water* (I always put water first to the blender jug – it really helps with blending)
1 – 1.5 cup of berries (depending on the berry). For this batch I chose strawberries, but blueberries are in season right now and make delicious fruitsicles.
4 tablespoons of plain yogurt if you have it. If you don’t, you can use extra water, but the yogurt will make the fruitsicles creamier. I make homemade yogurt and am a firm believer in getting those extra probiotics when you can. It really aids digestion, supports vitamin production in the body and helps boost immunity.
2 tablespoons of maple syrup. You can also use 1 tablespoon of sugar, but I try and stay away from processed sweetener. If you have a sweet tooth, feel free to add more maple syrup, just be sure to blend first and then add more later to taste.
*for those people who stay away from dairy, I love to use vanilla almond milk to replace the yogurt and the water.
Pour into a popsicle mold, place in the freezer for a few hours and voila!
Try experimenting with different fruit like bananas or nectarines. If you decide on melon, you don’t really need to add extra water and I would use agave nectar (a smaller amount) instead of maple syrup.
Enjoy and stay cool (or warm depending on the day)!