How to make hydrating fruit-infused ice popsicles at home
With the weather warm, it's really important to stay on top of your hydration. Ice popsicles-or ice lollies as those of us in the UK call them- can be a great way to cool off but the regular kind are often packed with sugar and sweeteners.
Today, I'm going to share a super quick and easy recipe to make fruit infused ice popsicles at home, with only a few ingredients, and without any refined sugar or sweetness. What's more, given those of us with IBD are at greater risk of dehydration, this is a great way to up your water intake too!
The key? Fruit. And if you find fruit hard to tolerate usually, don't worry. This recipe uses just a little fruit but still offers maximum sweetness and transforms plain water into something delicious.
In turn, you'll find that you probably won't actually end up eating the fruit and will just enjoy the flavors of the fruit-infused water. I feel silly even calling this a recipe since it's so simple but I thought I'd share it anyway!
Ingredients for fruit-infused popscicles
- 1 glass of water
- Any fruit (For this recipe, I use 1 kiwi and 1-2 strawberries)
- Ice lolly/popsicle molds
What you'll need to make these popscicles
There are all sorts of ways you can mix this up. Alternate fruit each time you make it to find your perfect combo. If you do want a little more sweetness, why not add a dash of honey? You can make add things like a little kefir for gut-health benefits or even use 1/2 water and 1/2 soda if you'd prefer. I've not tried it myself but you could even add things like rehydration salts to these molds to make taking them a bit more palatable. Occasionally, I will add my iron-rich water supplement to these too.
How to make hydrating fruit-infused ice popsicles
- Wash and chop your fruit (peeling if needed too) into small pieces.
- Now add the fruit to your ice lolly/popsicle mold. You'll need to really pack the fruit down by pressing it towards the bottom of the mold.
- Top with water (or you're preferred drink).
- Pop in the freezer for around four hours.
- Once frozen, take these out and leave to thaw for a few minutes and then enjoy!
The below nutrition values are based on my personal quantities of 1 glass of water, 1 kiwi and 2 large strawberries.
- calories: 54
- cholesterol: 0mg
- dietary fiber: 2.8g
- potassium: 274mg
- protein: 1g
- saturated fat: 0g
- sodium: 3mg
- total fat: 0.5g
Disclaimer: Everyone with inflammatory bowel disease is different. We recognize that some ingredients listed in this recipe may be a trigger food for some people. Please feel free to omit or substitute any ingredients that don’t work for you.
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