Immunity Pops!

It’s December right now, but I’ve officially decided popsicles are great all year round. Who doesn’t love popsicles, right? These particular popsicles are great for boosting immunity or for when you or your kiddos are already under the weather. They are packed full of hydrating and immunity boosting ingredients, plus they taste awesome. Win!

Immunity Pops

Ingredients

10 oz. coconut water

2 large oranges, juiced (should make about 5 oz.)

1 1/2 c. tart cherries (mine were frozen)

1/4th c. raw cranberries (optional, I happened to get these in my weekly box)

2 Tbs. crystalized ginger, chopped or 1 tsp. raw ginger, minced

2 Tbs. Elderberry syrup

2 Tbs. probiotics, powder form

1-1 1/2 Tbs. manuka honey or raw honey

Juice your oranges, they should make about 5 oz., then combine your orange juice with the 10 oz. of coconut water so the total liquid equals 15 oz. Add your liquid to a pitcher so it’s easy to pour. In a blender or food processor add the rest of the ingredients, pour some juice in so it has something to mix with and pulse or blend. Once ingredients are fully blended, you can add everything back into the pitcher. Pour your yummy immunity mixture into your Tovolo popsicle molds leaving a bit of room at the top. Freeze and enjoy. If you have any liquid left, it tastes like a nutrient-packed punch, so don’t hesitate to drink up! Cheers to immunity!

Breakfast Immunity Pops!

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Coconut water = Hydration + Electrolytes

Raw Orange Juice = Vit. C

Tart Cherries + Cranberries = Antioxidants

Ginger = Antiviral, antibacterial, soothes stomach, combats inflammation

Elderberry Syrup = Antiviral, antibacterial, fights cold and flu

Probiotics = Beneficial gut bacteria that boosts our immune system and fights infection

Manuka Honey = Antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal (in a different medicinal class than raw honey if you want to really kick an illness’ butt and boost immunity, BUT, raw honey will work if you don’t have manuka on hand. I highly recommend investing in manuka honey for your holistic medicine cabinet. Treats a multitude of ailments. Read more here.)

 For the popsicle molds, I use these. They’re great.

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8 Comments

  • Liz says:

    So, does freezing probiotics reduce their benefits? I’ve heard they prefer to not be frozen.

    • Freshly Grown says:

      Liz, so glad you asked! I meant to touch on this in the post. So, I have read that if in the powder form it is frozen it will lie dormant until consumed, I’ve also read that the benefits will go down, but not all the way. Let me know if you find out more. I will ask my prof once school starts up again. If in doubt, there are a couple things you can do. Use a yogurt starter culture powder, use kefir (water or milk based), use kombucha. Those should sustain the freeze for sure. I did read on a probiotic brand’s website that their powder is fine frozen, but not their capsules. -Rama

  • Crystal says:

    Awesome post! Little man has been specifically asking for popsicles lately (unsure of where he gets the idea because it’s literally freezing outside and we’ve never had them in our home). But the ones at the store almost all seem to have junk/added sugar in them (and dairy), so this is a great concoction I can’t wait to try! Plus, the molds are only $11 on Amazon. Score!

    • Freshly Grown says:

      Thanks, Crystal 🙂 Yeah, Jaden’s gonna’ be happy when he gets home from school today. I took them out this morning to re-shoot in better lighting…I might have eaten one. They turned out so good! Love these molds, they’re so easy to make popsicles with and come out really easy once frozen. If you use my links, you support Freshly Grown, yeah! 🙂 Let me know how he likes them. Also, if you’re worried about the probiotics losing some of their benefit during the freezing process you can use kombucha, kefir or a yogurt starter culture in powder form, but from what I’ve read the probiotics in powder form should still be active. Love these popsicles! The cranberries were a nice touch, too! -R

  • These look amazing! I can’t wait to make them!

  • Jennifer says:

    The powdered probiotics that are linked say for ages 0-5. Does that matter if I have an older child that I want to make these for? The only other brand I can find says 25-50 lbs. and we’ve passed that weight limit too.

    • Hey, Jennifer! Yes, I even use them sometimes. 😉 We’ve used that one for years, but recently switched to this one. Same brand, different strand: http://amzn.to/1JZ8UlD (my referral link). I read this article from Mama Natural and thought we should definitely give it a try. http://www.mamanatural.com/probiotic-for-kids/

      1 tsp. = 3 billion probiotic cultures
      You could always give 1 1/2 tsp. if you wanted to up the dose.

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