The real symbols of summer, at least in my opinion, are popsicles. No, not those rich in refined sugar and chemical dyes, I’m talking about homemade popsicles, the genuine ones, those refined sugar-free and naturally coloured.
Homemade popsicles must be easy, fast, fresh and, since we are talking about summer and health, why not making popsicles that are HYDRATING, DETOXIFYING and FAT-BURNING? In short, something impossible to find at the supermarket! So let’s prepare these very simple PINK GRAPEFRUIT POPSICLES that require only 3 INGREDIENTS!
An easy recipe that you can use to you to make a refreshing a PINK GRAPEFRUIT LEMONADE as needed!
I have always loved popsicles and as a child, for me, it was a celebration when my mother came back from the supermarket with that huge white and anonymous box that hid inside 50 gloomy icicles with a thousand flavors! Well, a thousand flavours except one: grapefruit!
I never understood the reason for the total and unjustified absence of the PINK GRAPEFRUIT POPSICLES in the supermarkets! So, after 20 years, I finally meet one of my little teenage wishes, and of course, I share it with you! Three ingredients and a quick and easy recipe to make some fresh refined sugar free PINK GRAPEFRUIT POPSICLES naturally sweetened. You can even enrich your icicles with fresh mint, lime, slices of grapefruit, fresh ginger and rosemary for a richer and more decisive flavour.
Why do they sell popsicles to that taste of smurf ( smurf, really???) or coke, but do not even think about selling those beautiful pinkish popsicles? Those blue ones? They left the tongue colored for hours! But the real question is: has anyone ever eaten them with other reasons but to be able to go around showing their blue tongue? And the strawberry and raspberry ones? Those were the teenage alternative to lipsticks!
And now here we are, after two decades, comfortably at home making our homemade popsicles! My favorites are the citrus ones, and in particular, those made using LEMON and GRAPEFRUIT, as anticipated.
I remember that, as a little girl, I could not wait for July to arrive so that I could finally have popsicles after lunch!
The first ones to be devoured were obviously the lemon and orange ones, followed the strawberry flavor. At last, the “leftovers” were the ones that tasted of mint and coke, scolded by all of us, and therefore the forced choice of my father ( or the treats to be trimmed to friends or cousins when they came to visit us! What a mean girl I was!)
Making popsicles at home have become a rite of the summer, and I can finally make my favorite PINK GRAPEFRUIT POPSICLES: beautiful, detox, hydrating and draining!
Grapefruit, and in particular pink grapefruit, is rich in vitamin C and therefore it’s ANTIOXIDANT and a great DETOX, DIURETIC and DEPURATIVE fruit. Grapefruit also helps to counteract water retention and to fight the blemishes of cellulite, as well as stimulate metabolism, a characteristic that has allowed it to be defined as a FAT BURNING fruit! It is one of the most hydrating foods in nature, such as watermelon and cucumber, and is made almost exclusively of water (more than 90%), which makes it a low-calorie and low-fat fruit. It is also well known for its ability to lower insulin levels in the blood and to control appetite thus reducing the sense of hunger.
The rich pink colour in grapefruit is due to the presence of lycopene, (white grapefruit instead lacks), the carotenoid that gives orange or red colour also to tomatoes, carrots, melon, apricots, turmeric, peaches and so on. Carotenoid makes these foods a valuable help to protect the skin from harmful sun rays while also promoting tanning.
I love this fruit because it’s not sweet and it’s highly alkalizing, just like lemon, and it helps regulate the PH level of our body which is often heavily acidic due to our type of nutrition.
After these (a bit too technical) notions here’s finally this simple recipe for the pink grapefruit lemonade!
To make the PINK GRAPEFRUIT POPSICLES recipe I opted for a natural sweetener. You can choose among malt, rice syrup, agave syrup or maple syrup, with slight differences in taste, color and sweetness.
Taste the pink GRAPEFRUIT LEMONADE before pouring into the mould and, if necessary, add more sweetener.
At the first sip / first bite, it will taste sweet, but soon after your taste buds will perceive the bitter grapefruit. This is not due to the lack of sweetener but the taste of the grapefruit itself. If this citrus is not to your liking, replace it with lemon or oranges. So this is actually a recipe that you can a pink grapefruit lemonade or to make popsicles.
The PINK GRAPEFRUIT POPSICLES recipe is
simple, fresh and easy to make: it requires only 3 ingredients
rich in antioxidants
helps fight cellulite and water retention
low-fat and fat-burning
grapefruits also help to protect the skin from UV rays
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PINK GRAPEFRUIT POPSICLES 3 ingredients + refined sugar free
- makes 10-12 popsicles
- 2 pink grapefruits or 4 lemons
- 2 yellow grapefruits or 5 limes
- 1 cup filtered water
- 3/4 ~ 1 cup maple syrup - agave or coconut sugar
- 1 lime - optional
- 2-3 slices of pink grapefruit - for garnish (or lemons)
- fresh ginger - fresh mint or rosemary
- Ice pop mould
- Heat 1/2 cup water over medium heat, add syrup/coconut sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves
- completely. Set aside to cool.
- Squeeze the grapefruits using a hand or an electric juicer, add sweetened water and strain through a fine mesh strainer. Whisk to combine, add the remaining water and pour into the popsicle mould.
- Cut the lime and grapefruit into thin slices and place them in the mould.
- Close the lid and freeze for 8 hours or overnight.
- If you’re using wooden craft sticks, freeze the popsicles for 2-3 hours before inserting sticks int the moulds.
- You can serve the pink grapefruit lemonade in a glass with a few ice cubes if you prefer.
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