Preschool germs! Yuck! They are inevitable and impossible to avoid, but our hope is that if we eat the right diet we can reduce our chances of getting sick.
“Let food be thy medicine, let medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates
The Cub loves popsicles, so what better way to get her to eat a mixture of foods that will help improve her immune system. Let’s break down the ingredients.
We began by removing the skin from the turmeric. Warning: it stains! So this was a job for Grandma DiDi! Did you know Tumeric contains bioactive compounds with powerful medicinal properties? Turmeric may be the most effective nutritional supplement in existence.
We used another powerful spice, ginger, which is high in gingerol, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. We peeled the ginger as well and chopped it up. The cub added it to the blender.
We juiced Cara Cara oranges and lemons, both packed full of Vitamin C. A necessary vitamin to fight colds. Plus, they are juicy and sweet! And the Cubs personal favorite, Mangos! She chopped the meat and placed it in the blender.
The Cub gets help from Grandma DiDi squeezing the juice of the oranges and lemon.
And of course, she had to try the oranges for herself!
And the mango. Yum!
Next we add the honey. Honey is packed full of antioxidants. This powerhouse phytonutrient can have antibacterial properties and is a great sugar substitute.
After all the ingredients were added, little cub joined to blend it up. She loves the noise and the vibration of the blender.
After all was blended until smooth, we poured the mixture into our Tovolo popsicle molds.
Into the freezer they go.
Slurp! Delicious and a perfect afternoon snack to help us stay healthy this season!
Immune Boosting Popsicles (recipe from relish.com)
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 3 cups diced mango
- 1 2-inch piece of ginger root, peeled and roughly chopped
- 1 2-inch piece of turmeric, peeled and roughly chopped (OR 2 tbsp ground turmeric)
- 1/3 cup honey
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds and place in the freezer.
- When ready to enjoy, run pop molds under warm water to release the popsicles.