I have the BEST. NEWS. EVER. and I am so excited to share it with you guys!
Not only is my favorite holiday coming up in just a few short days, but I was accepted into the NTI – Nutritional Therapy Institute in Denver, CO for their Nutritional Therapy Practitioner program!!! Unbelievably happy right now
The best part? I am going to share everything I am learning with you guys as I go along (or likely just the very best, most exciting things I learn) and I begin in September! I will be extra busy though but I will make sure to keep sharing some lovely recipes with you all! After all, you guys are the reason I am pursuing this program I heart you. Such a mush. Back to 4th of July and Bomp Pops. The real reason you are here.
My very favorite holiday is 4th of July for the following reasons:
- it is the only holiday during the summer and summer is the best
- it always involves being in the water and/or on the lake
- I always spend it with my wonderful group of friends
- it. has. fireworks. Fun fact about Rachael – fireworks are one of my favorite things in the entire world. Not sure where the obsession stems from but Dear Lord do I love me some loud, sparkly, exploding things.
Growing up, well into my adolsesnce Bomb Pops were a pretty big part of my 4th of July celebration. Now that I know they are basically pure sugar mixed with artificial flavors and colors (and clearly that is unacceptable now that I will be going to school for nutrition ) I decided to recreate them in a super easy, super simple way so everyone can enjoy them! I also wanted to make them as hydrating and refreshing as possible since many of you (and me) will likely be in the sun and consuming adult beverages. You will need the electrolytes, trust me!
Have at them loves, and I apologize in advance for them not really being red, white, and blue. Nothing real is as blue as artificial coloring. I hope you forgive me
Paleo Bomp Pop (Dairy and Refined Sugar Free)
- 3 c Coconut water
- 1/4 c Coconut milk
- 1/3 c Blueberries
- 10 Cherries, halved and pitted
- *need popsicle molds, a blender, and a strainer
- ***With molds like the ones I used you will need to make sure the second layer is not too frozen so you can push the plastic piece through, if this seems annoying (it was for me) I recommend using popsicle sticks instead – it will make your life easier***
- Mix 1 cup of the coconut water with the coconut milk and pour into popsicle molds 1/3 of the way full
- Place popsicle molds in the freezer for 30 minutes
- While they are in the freezer prepare the second layer by blending (regular blender or immersion blender) 1 cup of the coconut water and your blueberries
- Strain out the skin and seeds with a fine mesh strainer and pour into the molds until they are 2/3 full
- Push the popsicle sticks into the molds just breaking through the first layer so they stand up in the middle and return the molds to the freezer
- Blend the remaining coconut water and cherries together then strain
- Pour the cherry mixture into the molds and return to the freezer
- Freeze overnight and serve
- Enjoy a refreshing treat without all the added sugar, chemicals and artificial colors!