The ingredient I am highlighting today is Coconut Water. This item has increased in popularity recently, and for good reason. Coconut water, the liquid found naturally protected inside of the coconut ‘meat’ and outer shell, is a pure liquid that is even used in some cultures intravenously to rehydrate patients. In addition to re-hydrating, it also is full of minerals and vitamins to boost immune system, brings your pH back to a more optimal level which makes your body function more efficiently, replaces electrolytes (great for dehydration and sweating), is high potassium levels,  promote cardiovascular health, and even more.

With the unforgiving heat this summer, we thought we’d share a fun and kid friendly way to use coconut water! Coconut Ice Pops! This is SO easy and if you don’t have popsicle molds, you can use Dixie cups or even a muffin tin! You can honestly be really creative with these to match your taste buds, but here are a few starter recipes for you. Let me know recipes you come up with and if you like it!

Coconut Sunrise Ice Pops

  • 1 pint Coconut Water
  • 2/3 cup thawed orange juice concentrate
  • 2 large bananas
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

Blend coconut water, orange juice concentrate, bananas, and lime until mixture is even. Pour mixture into popsicle molds, and place in freezer until frozen, about 4 hours. If you are using popsicle sticks, push them in after about an hour in the freezer. To release pops, dip molds into hot water until pops loosen and slide out. If using cups, peel away paper.

 

Strawberry Coconut Ice Pops

  • 1 pound strawberries, washed and hulled
  • Coconut water
  • Agave Nectar, if needed

Fill a blender halfway up with strawberries. Pour coconut water halfway up the berries. Blend until smooth. If you need some more sweetness to the popsicle, add agave nectar a little at a time and continue blending blend. Repeat with the rest of the strawberries. Fill popsicle molds and freeze until frozen, about 4 hours

 

Simple Mixed Berry Ice pops

  • Any variety of mixed fruit (pineapple, kiwi, peach, pear, strawberry, blueberry, honeydew, ect),  cut into blueberry-sized pieces
  • Coconut water

Place the fruit pieces into the popsicle molds. Pour coconut water on top of the fruit, and freeze!

 

Berry Explosion Ice Pop

  • 1 cup mixed frozen berries
  • 1/2 – 1 cup or so of organic plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup carrot juice
  • 1/4 cup coconut water

Combine all ingredients, pour into popsicle molds, and freeze! Easy as that!