THE COOL DOWN: PREGNANCY POPSICLES


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For all recipes, you’ll need a popsicle mold, mixing bowls and measuring cups. (If you don’t have a mold, cups and sticks will do the trick, or make flavored ice cubes instead! Each recipe makes roughly 6 pops).

  1. COCONUT: The naturally sweet fruit is super hydrating and totes Lauric Acid, perfect for building immunity for you and that baby in your belly!

Mix one can (or two cups) of coconut milk with 3 tablespoons real maple syrup, 1 tablespoon vanilla abstract and 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut or coconut flakes. Pour the mixture into the molds, cups or cube tray and let sit for four hours or overnight. Enjoy!

  1. PEACH: This summer favorite is rich in Iron, which is perfect for pregnancy, since many expecting women become iron-deficient, causing an even more tired (or anemic) mama!

This recipe is very easy! Take 4 ripe peaches, because the riper- the sweeter, blend them up in a food processor, squeeze in half a lemon, and 2 tablespoons sugar, or orange juice for a natural sweetness. Blend until even smoother. Pour in your mold of choice; let freeze for four hours or overnight.

  1. MANGO: Full of Vitamin B6, mangoes are amazing at providing both mommy and baby with brain-boosting effects, as well as the creation of healthy red blood cells.

Take 4 mangoes (make sure they are soft to the touch for ripeness and sweetness!) De-skin the fruits, cube the flesh and plop it into a blender or processor. Add 1 cup of almond or coconut milk and one cup of vanilla yogurt; you can use Greek for a tangier taste and a boost of protein. Once smooth, pour into the molds; freeze for four hours or overnight.

  1. STRAWBERRY & BANANA: Strawberries have the almighty Folic Acid, which pregnant women know is the queen of maternity vitamins! It helps to keep baby’s neurological and spinal cords working in the womb. Bananas are often loved for their Potassium, which helps increase energy and in the case of pregnancy, soothe sickness.

All you need are the two fruits to make the ice pops! Take about 12 large strawberries and one ripe banana. Blend, pour, freeze. The banana should be sweet enough to cure your sugar craving and the strawberries should provide enough liquid. If not, add a little orange juice to the mixture for a sweet and smooth kick. Freeze for a few hours or overnight.

  1. WATERMELON: Besides being hydrating, watermelon has what oranges usually take the credit for… lots of Vitamin C. It sometimes gets a bad rap for pregnancy, but when consumed naturally through fruits and veggies, the bright vitamin provides collagen production, which is the building block of bones and healthy skin.

Watermelons are obviously very liquidy on their own. As their name suggests, they are made of 92% water. That means, you can take a whole medium seedless watermelon, cut it in pieces, blend the flesh, and pour it in the freezer molds. Or, you have the option to thicken the mixture with fruits of your choice. Try a summer blend with kiwi or add a little lime. For a refreshing twist, throw in some fresh mint or go classy and swap in basil instead.  Freeze and eat!

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