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Strawberry & Beetroot Ice Lollies

July 3, 2019

The struggle with sugar is real! Over the years I’ve stopped having sugar in my cups of tea and coffee, that was easy, but since I’ve been working on my fitness I’ve struggled to satisfy my sweet tooth.

The Problem

The summer is the hardest and with this warm weather I just want to tuck into a big bowl of ice cream or a juicy ice lolly. The ice cream side of things is easy, I’ve found multiple brands that create low sugar high protein products that beat the cravings.

Ice lollies on the other hand… I’ve found that if they’re low in sugar they just taste watery so I set out to make my own using only the best produce.

The Solution

It’s British Strawberry season and for me no other fruit compares to the smell and taste. I could easily eat a punnet but I wanted to see if I could use them to make an icy treat. Strawberries have a water content of approximately 91% making them perfect for ice lollies because I didn’t have to add any additional water.

The second ingredient I opted for was Beetroot. Beets are packed with essential vitamins, minerals and are low in calories. There are many more benefits to beetroots that I could write a whole blog about them. I found that you can now get resealable packs from Love Beets in my local supermarket. They’re not in vinegar like most beets, and being in a resealable pack meant they stayed fresh for days after so I could use the rest in salads or on a sandwich.

The Verdict

Craving conquered! My aim was to create an ice lolly that wasn’t watery or full of sugar, but would satisfy that craving for an icy treat. I popped both the strawberries and beetroots in a blender to make a smoothie and then froze the mix in lolly moulds over night. Who wouldn’t want a frozen smoothie?

Honestly, these are so refreshing and tasty! If you think these would be a winner in your house, follow the recipe below…

INGREDIENTS

300g Strawberries, tops removed
3 Beetroots
1tsp Honey
A dash Orange Juice, if needed

METHOD

  1. Place the strawberries, beetroot and honey into a blender and blend until smooth. If the mix is too thick add a dash of fruit juice to loosen.
  2. Pour your mix into lolly moulds and freeze overnight.
  3. Loosen the lollies from the moulds by dipping them in warm water.
  4. Enjoy!

 

Happy Summer!

Nat x

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