How do you survive a Boston heat wave in an apartment that doesn’t have air-conditioning? That’s a great question. After sweating out several of them, I think I've finally found an answer: Popsicles.
No, this isn’t a profound revelation. Eat frozen liquid, it makes sense that it will cool you down. However, after trying multiple options (frozen yogurt, ice cream, cold drinks, standing inches away from a fan spinning at full speed, etc.), I’ve learned that there is nothing more successful at cooling you down than a delicious Popsicle.
Popsicles come in all varieties, ranging from sugar-free to sugar-loaded. If you look carefully, you can find Popsicles made with real fruit juice and chunks. These are great options if you’re in a bind. However, they are often still enhanced with more than their fair share of sugar. I get frustrated that nearly all store-bought popsicles have at least some amount of added sugar. Fruit is so naturally sweet, there’s no need to add in anything extra.
So why not prep ahead and make deliciously simple and gluten and dairy free fruit Popsicles from scratch? They’re perfect to have in your freezer to beat the next heat wave! As an added bonus, you're kids will think they're dessert. Dessert that's made from whole fruit with no added sugar? Now that's a summertime sweet success.
Pineapple and Raspberry Popsicles
- 1 cup fresh raspberries
- ~1/2 fresh pineapple
- 1/2 13.5 oz can lite coconut milk
- popsicle molds
- Chop pineapple into large chunks (Need help chopping the pineapple? Check out our pineapple blog)
- Blend 2 cups pineapple chunks + ½ can coconut milk until smooth (We recommend the Vitamix Professional-Grade for easy blending)
- Pour mixture into popsicle molds, filling ¾ full.
- Gently add 4 raspberries to each popsicle, pushing into popsicle.
- Place stick into popsicle and freeze.
These popsicles feature pineapple and raspberries, but you can be creative with homemade popsicles. Try combining your favorite fruits to find your favorite!
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About the Author
Katie Fesler is a graduate student in Nutrition Communications and registered dietician in training. Originally from North Carolina (go Tarheels!), she now lives in Boston, MA where she works on Prep Dish communications, goes to school, and wanders the streets of Boston soaking in the history.