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Supercharged Summer Popsicles ☀️

Written by Lee on . Posted in anti-inflammatory, Blog, Blog Breakfast, Blog Lunch, Blog Snacks, Breakfast, Dairy Free, Dessert, Desserts, Gluten Free, Heal Your Gut, Heal Your Gut Powder, Heal Your Gut Powder, Kids, Kids' Recipes, Nutrient Rich, Push Ups and Icy Poles, Seasonal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegetarian, Wheat Free, Yeast Free

PopsiclesIn the searing heat of summer, I want my food to be refreshing, full of supercharged ingredients, and speedy to prepare. Balmy evenings and the dry warmth of the summer air begs for our energy to shift from the comforting presence of the stove and lengthy food preparation, towards simple alfresco food solutions that can be enjoyed by adults and children alike.

In the warmer parts of the year, my priorities shift away from indoor activity, to more outdoor, social engagements; morning yoga sessions and beach walks followed by throw-together breakfasts, inviting friends over for a shaded outdoor lunch of simple, seasonal ingredients, and family gatherings where common sense, last-minute entertaining or pot luck offerings are regularly required.

When enjoying the food of summer, I always tackle my food planning with a two-fold approach. Firstly, and most importantly, I focus on healing, supercharged ingredients that are full of the season’s well-curated nutrients that support immunity, energy and vitality that the summertime requires. Secondly, I love to embrace speedy simplicity by taking hold of the ritual of batch cooking, one pan options, and easy-peasy snacks and refreshments that allow less time in hands-on food prep, and more time enjoying the outdoors and the presence of those I love.

For summer breakfasts, you can’t go past a glorious granola topped with a mountain of seasonal fruits. My Cranberry and Walnut Granola is my favourite go-to. I find great contentment mixing and baking a large batch of this scrumptious stuff during a Sunday batch-cooking session. You should smell the aroma! The blissful scent of sweet cranberries and roasting nuts will fill the air of your home, comforting your mind with the assurance of nourishing breakfasts sorted for the week ahead. I love to immerse my granola in homemade almond milk topped with fresh organic farmer’s market fruits. You can’t beat passionfruit, mango or raspberries!

One pan meals minimise the need for hands on time in the kitchen, and you don’t have to miss out on flavour with a throw-together dish. My Seven Minute One Pan Salmon with Greens is one you could do blindfolded, and always delivers the light, fresh oceanic flavours of salmon, plus the anti-inflammatory benefits of this high omega 3 fish. It’s also surrounded by seasonal greens that are important for oxygenating the blood to increase energy levels for outdoor cricket or rugby and trying to keep up with chasing around my three step sons during the holidays. 

But if I were to uphold one of the greatest summer recipes that I know of, I’d have to wave my banner for these no-fail popsicles. For the amount of effort required to whip up a batch of these darlings, it never ceases to amaze me how many times they have brought a sense of delight to both adults and children on a sweltering summers day.

As guests drizzle in through the holidays, I love to have a few variations of this basic recipe stored up in my freezer to bless unexpected guests. At the point of their presentation, it’s beautiful to watch the kid come out of everyone in response to the offer.

When whipping these up, you can use the basic variation, add cacao for a cheeky chocolate flavour, or try some of these seasonal variations:

  • Blend in some mango chunks and scatter some whole macadamias into each mould
  • Drop a handful of chopped strawberries into the mix before pouring into moulds for a strawberries and cream popsicle
  • Stir the pulp of two passionfruit into the mix before pouring.
  • Blend in a handful of blueberries and the zest of one lemon.

The best thing about this recipe is that it utilises simple non-perishable food items that can be kept on hand for use at any moment. Aside from being conveniently canned, coconut milk is also highly nutritious and rich in fibre, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. It’s also dairy free, so your popsicles will still impress friends or children with dairy allergies.

My Love Your Gut powder is included in this recipe but is an optional addition. However I always love to prioritise a scoop, as it’s a simple way to cram in its remarkable gut healing benefits of improving detoxification, aiding nutrient absorption, increasing the health of hair skin and nails, and boosting hydration in the hot weather. You can read more about the benefits of the LYG powder and purchase it here.

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Popsicles

Makes 6-8 popsicles 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans of organic coconut milk 
  • seeds of one vanilla bean (or alcohol free vanilla/ vanilla powder) 
  • 2 Tbsp LYG Powder
  • 10 drops of stevia (or to taste) 

For chocolate version add in 1 tsp of cacao powder

Method:

  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Pour into popsicle mould and leave in freezer for 3-4 hours. 

*These are best eaten at this time, as if left overnight or too long in the freezer, the coconut milk sometimes splits. 

Make them and let me know how you go!  Viva la holidays 🙂

Lee xo

IQS Aussie Splice Block Recipe and Book Review

Written by Lee on . Posted in Blog, Blog Snacks, Dairy Free, Dessert, Kids, Kids Recipe Book, Kids' Recipes, Nutrient Rich, Push Ups and Icy Poles, Seasonal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegetarian, Wheat Free, Yeast Free

Aussie Ice Blocks If you’re on the hunt for a cool down recipe to keep the kids happy this summer, there’s nothing more refreshing than a splice ice-block.  This tastes-like-summer treat is made with an infusion of creamy avocado, spinach and banana, making it a more nutritious layered swirl of thirst quenching goodness minus the artificial flavours and colours.
This energising recipe comes straight out of the pages of Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar Kids Cookbook, now available as a print edition. Earlier this year I reviewed the original e-book version and suggested trying out Sarah’s version of another Australian favourite The Bounty Bar which is a good-for-you recipe for the whole family and one that I make regularly.
The original e-book has since been updated with the addition of a whole lot more sugar-free recipes and released in a hard copy format. The sugar free Kids Cookbook has over 85 recipes to make delicious sweet and savoury foods, aimed at giving kids nutritious meals that don’t compromise on flavour or promote the dreaded artificial sugar high.
In the book you’ll discover a huge variety of recipes with an easy to read layout, separating recipes into chapters such as “Breakfast for Brain Power”, “Let’s Party” and “Grab n’ Run”.  A handy chapter for parents of school-agers is “Lunch Box Ideas and Snacks” packed with recipes to ensure your child’s lunchbox is the envy of all their school friends.  You’ll find some convenient suggestions about how to navigate school canteen menus, ensuring you and your kids make positive and beneficial choices.
Another great part of the I Quit Sugar Kids Cookbook is a section on tips and tricks for getting your child to help in the cooking process and growing ingredients. I’m a firm believer in teaching kids where their food comes from and how it’s made to ensure they begin healthy habits from an early age. I also talk about it in my Supercharged Food for Kids Book.  Why not include your kids when making one of these recipes, because you ever know, you could be nurturing a budding chef!
I Quit Sugar Kids Cookbook can be found online and at $24.99 it’s a good value for money addition to your recipe book shelf and one that can be used time and time again.
Aussie Splice Blocks
Makes: 8-12
Preparation time: 4 hours
Ingredients
Green Layer:
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup coconut water
  Gold Layer:
  • 400 ml can coconut cream
  • 1 tablespoon rice malt syrup
  • 1 cup diced, frozen mango
  Method
  1. Blend all ingredients for green layer in a high-powered blender. Pour mixture into Popsicle moulds halfway; freeze for 1-2 hours until firm.
  2. Blend all ingredients for gold layer in a high-powered blender. Pour mixture into moulds on top of green layer; freeze for a further 1-2 hours until popsicles are frozen.
 

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