TWO INGREDIENT PLANT BASED POPSICLE RECIPES: A TREAT FOR YOUR TASTEBUDS & GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH

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There are herbal popsicle recipes galore on the internet. And I’ve made more than my share of them. Many that I absolutely loved. Most with herbal material, or chunks of fruit in them. The addition of these ingredients adds a great deal of eye appeal to the final product, for sure. And it’s often very tasty as well.

BUT …

I prefer to make my popsicles from a plainer herbal brew. Chunky is great! Plain takes me back to my favorite childhood pops. I remember eating endless root beer flavored pops. And then there was my absolute favorite, the vanilla twin pop ❤

The only place that carried these little gems in my neck of the woods was about 45 minutes from my home. After I got my drivers license I used to drive to that little town just to get one!

As a grown woman, who understands the importance of fueling her body with healthy food, I can’t remember the last time I ate a sugar laden popsicle. They simply don’t appeal to me anymore.

But an herbal infused popsicle hits the spot. Without a doubt. Every damn time 😉

And if you must have a sweeter version, there’s no harm in adding a little honey to the brew. I sometimes do.

Here are three of my favorite herbal popsicle recipes, to get you started on your herbal popsicle making journey. But remember that the possibilities are absolutely endless. You should definitely experiment with some of your favorite flavors.

And also keep in mind that these popsicles are a really fabulous way to get much needed herbal nutrients, antioxidants, immune boosting properties, and so much more into a little person when they are not feeling well.


ROSE HIP & GREEN TEA POPS

Brew 6 cups of green tea, 3 tea bags per 6 cups of water will be plenty strong enough. Toss in 8 tablespoons of dried rose hips. Let sit for at least 2 hours. I usually let mine sit overnight. Strain rose hips out. Pour into popsicle molds. Freeze. And then … ENJOY!

ORANGE & GINGER TEA POPS

Bring 6 tablespoons of fresh, sliced ginger root to a light simmer, in 4 1/2 cups of water. Remove from stove and allow to sit for at least 2 hours. Overnight is preferred. Then strain out the root and add 2 cups of fresh squeezed orange juice. Pour into popsicle molds. Freeze. And then … ENJOY!

PINEAPPLE & ELDERBERRY POPS

Put 6 tablespons of dried elderberries in 6 cups of pineapple juice. Place in the refrigerator and allow to ‘brew’ overnight. Strain out the elderberries. Pour into popsicle molds. Freeze. And then … ENJOY!


Following are just a few of the health benefits you can reap from indulging in these incredibly tasty frozen treats …

Rose Hips: reduces inflammation, strengthens connective tissue, supports the immune system, supports the heart and cardiovascular system, used long term to reduce varicose veins, diabetes, and allergies, coats and soothes mucous membranes and the digestive tract

Green Tea: modestly lowers total and LDL cholesterol, improves inflammatory skin conditions, enhances cognitive function, helpful for reducing stress and chronic fatigue, increases fat burning, improves physical performance, lowers the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, kills harmful bacteria in the mouth

Ginger Root: improves blood sugar levels, reduces LDL cholesterol levels, lowers blood pressure by expanding blood vessels, assists digestion, reduces cold and flu symptoms, supports the immune system, relieves nausea, improves blood sugar levels, great for minimizing menstrual pain, improves brain function, lowers and fights infections

Orange Juice: lowers high blood pressure, relieves constipation, strengthens teeth and bones, prevents kidney stones and macular degeneration, supports eye and lung function, supports the respiratory system, contains anti-inflammatory compounds, beneficial for those with arthritis, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome

Elderberries: improves vision, supports the immune system, enhances heart health, lowers cholesterol, combats bacterial and viral infections, used as a mild laxative and diuretic, protects cells against damage, assists in regulating diabetes, promotes weight loss, reduces acne, soothes the skin, lessens the appearance of age spots and wrinkles

Pineapple Juice: fights inflammation, aids digestion, boosts the immune system, reduces coughing, eases digestion, relieves arthritis pain, speeds recovery time after exercise, protects against heart disease, reduces the risk of cataracts, boosts fertility, reduces bloating and constipation


I hope you dive head first into the world of herbal popsicle making. Please let me know, in the comments, if you try any of the recipes in this post. Or share your own recipes with me. I’d love to have them ❤

And … connect with me on facebook, instagram, and pinterest to stay abreast of any other happenings here at Bohemian Apothecarist.

As always, your presence is greatly appreciated. I adore that you are here. And I just know that we are going to have great fun together ❤

DISCLAIMER: I am not a licensed health professional. You are solely responsible for researching herbs to determine how you choose to use them. If you decide to make them a part of your health care plan, I take no responsibility for that decision.

PLANT BASED BREAKFAST IN BED FOR MOM'S SPECIAL DAY

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Breakfast in bed is a great way to make Mom feel special on Mother’s Day. It’s such a simple gesture. And yet it means so very much to her. There’s really nothing like the feeling you get when your family takes time out of their morning to prepare a meal for you. And if they bring it to you before you even put your feet on the floor for the day, that somehow turns up the warm and fuzzy feeling factor ten fold ❤

But what it your Mom would prefer to avoid the common breakfast foods that make up the typical American diet? Well, I can help with that. Because, I too appreciate a good plant-based meal.

So, I’m going to share a simple recipe for flax meal crackers and cashew cheese with you. Both of these can be made the night before Mother’s Day if that’s easier for you. And if you are able to do that it may work to your advantage. Then you can just pull everything out and put it on a tray with a hot cup of java, a glass of juice, and some fruit in the morning. No mess. No fuss. AND yet Mom feels like you’ve gone out of your way to acknowledge her first thing in the day! WIN! WIN!

Let’s start with the flax meal crackers, shall we?

PLANT-BASED FLAX MEAL & HERB CRACKERS


1 3/4 c. Ground Flax Meal

1/2 c. Water

1/2 tsp. Salt

1/2 tbls Garlic Powder

1/2 tbls. Dill (dried)


Preheat oven to 350°

In a medium bowl combine flax meal, salt, garlic powder, and dill.

Add water and mix until well blended. Form dough into a ball.

Place dough between two pieces of parchment paper and roll out to approximately 1/8 inch thick.

Remove the top layer of parchment paper. The dough will be uneven along the edges. You can cut the edges straight if you like. But it is not necessary.

Score squares into the dough. This will make it possible to cut it later. If you do not score your dough it will simply crumble when you try to cut it after baking.

Bake for 30-40 minutes. Removing outer edges when they are done and allowing the center squares to bake a bit longer.

Place on a wire baking rack to cool.

Cut into squares along score marks. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

And there you go … just like that you’ve got incredibly delicious, and seriously healthy flax meal crackers that are just packed with flavor!

It doesn’t really get any easier than that. Unless, of course, you count this cashew cheese recipe. Then it gets easier. Which is pretty hard to believe. But true nonetheless 😉

CASHEW CHEESE


1 c. raw cashews (heaping, soak overnight)

2 tbls. nutritional yeast

2 tbls. lemon juice (fresh squeezed)

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1/4 c. water


Pulse cashews, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper in a food processor until it forms a coarse, wet texture. You will have to scrape the sides of the bowl several times throughout this process.

If you have a magic bullet use that instead. This is not a large amount of food to process. And the bullet is more conducive to smaller amounts. Additionally, it will eliminate all of the scraping. As you can just pop the top off the bullet and shake.

Once you have ground the mixture down as much as possible add the water. Start with about 1/8 cup and then add the rest as needed. You are striving for a mixture that has a consistency similar to hummus.

At this point, taste your cashew cheese and adjust your seasonings accordingly.

This cheese will store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for approximately 6 days. But it is unlikely to stick around that long.

Take a minute to tell me about how you are celebrating Mother’s Day this year in the comments. I would love to gather some new ideas for next year. And, if you are making these recipes let me know how they work out for you! I’m dying to know if the Mom in your life enjoyed them 😉

And … connect with me on facebook,  instagram, and pinterest to stay abreast of any other happenings here at Bohemian Apothecarist.

As always, your presence is greatly appreciated. I adore that you are here. And I just know that we are going to have great fun together ❤