Citrus Ginger Pops: A Refreshing Summer Popsicle Recipe

You don’t have to feel guilty about indulging in dessert this time! Since I was a little girl, making popsicles was a fun and delicious activity (although I’d like to think my recipes have evolved from my original chocolate syrup and milk classic). Don’t fret if you don’t have popsicle molds, you can get creative and use a glass and a spoon – or even shot glasses for mini pops!

So, with summer here, I’d like to share one of my new favorite pop recipes. These citrus ginger pops are simple, yummy, and have real health benefits!

Benefits of Ginger:

For thousands of years, Arabic, Indian and Asian healers have known the healing properties of ginger. Ginger not only helps with nausea but has also been shown to:

  • Reduce inflammation
  • Inhibit rhinovirus (which can causes the common cold)
  • Increase circulation
  • Reduce gas and painful spasms

Benefits of Honey:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal: “All honey is antibacterial, because bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide,” according to Peter Molan, director of the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato in New Zealand.
  • Cancer-fighting! Honey contains flavonoids, which are anti-oxidants that help reduce risks of heart disease and some cancers
  • Can also be good for a cough, and throat irritation

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Ingredients {Makes 4 Popsicles}:

  • Meyer Lemon – 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Lime – 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (add zest to spice it up!)
  • Honey – 1 tablespoon of honey
  • Ginger – 1 grated piece of ginger
  • Mint – 4 shredded mint leaves
  • Water – 1/2 cup water

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients into a bowl and pour into popsicle molds. Freeze for 45 minutes then insert wood sticks (or spoon…or chopstick) and freeze completely. Enjoy!

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