I love having these vitamin C popsicles in my house! My toddler loooves popsicles. Whenever things start going south in my house, I simply bring up popsicles and suddenly most tantrums and such get forgotten about instantly. I wouldn’t call this bribery though. Oh no, to me, this is more of a healthy distraction.
Popsicles usually get a bad rap. I suppose this is mostly because of the store bought versions tend to be void of any nutrients and loaded with sugar. This recipe is packed full of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a key nutrient in staying healthy and virus free. These pops are perfect for a little extra boost to the immune system. This means your happy and guilt free, while the kiddos get a tasty exciting treat.
Rose hips and hibiscus flowers are both high in vitamin C and other nutrients. Rose hips are also high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. This means they are great at combating a range of inflammatory diseases and preventing cancer. Together they make a tasty tea infusion that turns a beautiful bright red. Perfect for yummy popsicles.
To make this recipe brew your tea first. Place your dried rose hips and hibiscus flowers into the tea strainer of your choice and add the boiling water. Let infuse for about 10 minuets. This seems to be about the perfect time for me. Enough to get the nutrients out of the tea, but not long enough that it starts tasting too tart.
Let the tea cool.
Add your honey and the lemon juice
Pour into your popsicle mold and freeze.
I use this popsicle mold. This has been my favorite so far that we’ve owned, but its a bit more difficult to work with than the plastic sticked popsicle molds I’ve had in the past. You also have to purchase popsicle sticks, which may be a down side to alot of people. I don’t mind buying them and you can toss them into the composter when your done. If you do get this one, or one similar make sure not to fill the mold to the very top. Leave enough room that the juice doesn’t adhere completely to the top. A little hot water and they are super easy to pop out of the mold.
*This recipe contains honey, please note that babies under 1 year of age are not suppose to have honey!
Enjoy, And wait for your kids to beg for more of these delicious vitamin C popsicles!
Whats your favorite way to get extra vitamin C into your kiddos?