If you’re looking for a refreshing and rejuvenating cold treat, look no further than these Hydrating Watermelon Popsicles!Jump to Recipe
I don’t know about you but in my household we’ve declare that popsicles are a summer essential. However, I am not a fan of most popsicles you can buy. They are often loaded with sugars, dyes and unnatural flavours.
Plus popsicles are so dang easy and cheap to make yourself. You can simply freeze some good quality juice (raw and fresh would be ideal) and boom a popsicle.
Another option is you could kick things up a notch and make these bangin’ Hydrating Watermelon Popsicles.
I created them because A) I wanted a cold treat that wouldn’t swing my blood sugar up stressing my pancreas, liver and adrenals.
B) because, I wanted something that would replenish my electrolytes after sweatin’ in the sun or at the gym.
C) I wanted to amp up a classic summer treat to be supporting my good bacteria and brain function.
These popsicles tick all the boxes.
The Low Down On The Hydrating Watermelon Popsicle
I’m sure you’re wondering what the heck is in these Hydrating Watermelon Popsicles.
Watermelon, coconut water, salt, lime, raw honey and lion’s mane mushroom powder.
This may seem like an odd combo for a popsicle but, all the delicate flavours lean into each other with grace and leave you feeling replenished.
Watermelon is a classic summer snack for its high water content and that is exactly why it is the base for these popsicles.
Perhaps a less known fact about watermelon is its high lycopene content. Lycopene is an antioxidant with an affinity for the cardiovascular system. It also provides us with anti-inflammatory properties.
Lastly, watermelon is high in Vitamin C, a vitamin that is readily depleted during times of stress, yet the adrenals need it to functionally optimally.
Coconut water is a brilliant choice for rehydration because of it’s naturally occurring electrolytes, especially potassium.
Although you’re getting some electrolytes back from the coconut water, it doesn’t contain enough sodium. After an hour or more of sweating the body needs to replenish its sodium stores. A TINY pinch, as in a couple granules, of mountain salt goes a long way.
Lime offers additional Vitamin C to the party and it enhances the watermelon flavour.
Raw or unpasteurized honey is an amazing food. Because it has not been pasteurized or heated the nutritional value of the honey has remained intact.
For example, raw honey contains good bacteria making it a probiotic food, enzymes, antioxidants and vitamins, all of which would be lost during the pasteurization process.
Lion’s Mane Mushroom
Lion’s mane offers immune support, anti-inflammatory properties and supports cognitive function.
Additionally the beta-glucans, a non-digestible complex carbohydrate found in mushrooms are a prebiotic. Prebiotics are food for the good bacteria in the gut. Feeding the good bacteria is an important component of having a thriving gut. Read The Gut-Health Connection to learn more about the relationship we have with the good gut bacteria.
You don’t often see mushrooms added to popsicles but when the summer heat is getting to you and a popsicle can offers electrolyte replacement, prebiotics, probiotics and cognitive benefits I say why not?!
These popsicles are easy peasy and will become a classic in your household in no time.
Hydrating Watermelon Popsicles
- Popsicle mold
- 1 ½ cups watermelon
- 1/2 cup coconut water
- 1 organic lime zested
- 1 tsp organic lime juice
- 1-2 tsp honey raw
- 2 tsp water hot but not boiling
- 1 pinch salt Himalayan
- 1 ½ tsp lion's mane mushroom powder
- In a blender add the watermelon, coconut water, lime zest and juice.
- In a small bowl mix together the honey, salt, hot water and Lion's Mane powder. Gently combine all the ingredients to make a paste.
- Add the honey paste into the blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour mixture into popsicle molds.
- Allow to freeze for a minimum of 4 hours or overnight