Do you remember the sound of the ice cream truck coming down the street playing its tune when you were a kid? To me, it was the happiest sound of the day! All the neighborhood kids would come running out to meet the truck.
Fast forward a lot of years, and I still love ice pops…. especially in hot weather. When my kids were little I made ice pops for them at home. I knew I could make them just as delicious, waaaay less expensive and much healthier than the ones available in the store! And to tell the truth, I have never stopped making them.
As I started to make my first batch this season, I was thinking of you and how much more fun it would be if I shared one of my favorite easy recipes with you. While you can definitely substitute many fruits for the cherries, this particular recipe works well with stone fruits. Peaches, plums, apricots and cherries are some of the most common and popular ones. Cherries in particular, with their gorgeous color, are perfect for these pops ( yes, I love cherries…:)) Aside from their deliciousness, cherries are remarkably full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, which are believed to protect against metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease and others. They are also naturally high in tryptophan, a hormone that benefits sleep.
And more than anything, these ice pops are as delicious as they are good for you. So what do you say? Ready for some summertime fun?
- 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1 banana fresh or frozen (I love to freeze a few...don't forget to take the skin off first, and then I have them on hand for smoothies)
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- Put all ingredients into the blender on high until well blended.