Berry Superfood Popsicles--low carb with AIP option
Nothing like popsicles on a warm day for a refreshing treat.
And this superfood recipe is more than just a refreshing treat — it's good for you too!
These low-carb, healthy popsicles are loaded with antioxidants from multiple organic superfoods.
When I told my son I was going to make these he said, "Oh yes! Please make popsicles. I LOVE them!"
And when he found out that there would be berries in them, he was even more excited.
I got this superfood recipe from a friend of mine awhile ago, and we just LOVE it!
Actually, we haven't made popsicles in a long time. Not sure why, but we haven't. So we were so excited to do it again and to find a recipe that is fun, delicious, and even beautiful!
Superfoods are kind of a word that's thrown around today a lot, but basically they are foods that are powerhouses of nutrition.
If you've been around my blog for awhile, you know that I used to eat the Standard American Diet (SAD), but had to move to lower carb foods due to candida. We also are pretty much dairy free around here due to my oldest's life threatening allergy to dairy (amongst other things).
But more than just trying to avoid things like sugar, loads of carbs (especially refined carbs), and the things my son is allergic to, we have really been making an effort to put more healthful foods into our diet to improve our health.
The main things we have been trying to increase in our diets are vegetables and fruits, particularly low-carb fruits like berries, and superfoods that pack an extra punch of nutrition.
I really thought that we were eating healthy enough, but when I sat down and looked at it, I realized that we weren't. It's easy to grab nuts or something like that for a snack, and when you are eating lower carb, it's harder to eat fruits, and sometimes eating veggies just gets a little "old."
So I've been looking for new ways to get more produce into our diets without adding too many carbs.
I've tried various green drinks and have found them to be a great help. You can easily put the powders in smoothies or add them to recipes, but this idea of making popsicles out of them was just too fun.
For this superfood recipe, you can of course use whatever fruit powder(s) you like, either using a pre-made blend or blending up your own to taste.
I like to blend up fruit powders in water with a little stevia extract powder as an afternoon pick-me-up drink, but this healthy popsicle recipe is our favorite use thus far.
Berry Powder Options
You can either buy a blend of berries or you can make your own. If you want to make this recipe by making your own Fruit Blend, here are some products to get you going.
But It's all EXPENSIVE
Yes, the powder ingredients for these Superfood Berry Popsicles are not cheap. But they are superfoods. And you only use 2 tablespoons for the whole recipe, so a little goes a long way.
You can save some money by DIYing a blend to your liking or using more of the less expensive fruits. Just be careful what you purchase and read the reviews first. Some of the powders can become rock solid quickly after purchase so that's something to watch out for.
DIY Fruit Powder Blend Ingredients
The recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of a Berry Powder so the following suggested ingredients will go a long way. You can either DIY your own blend or use a premade powder.
- Organic Cranberry Extract Powder
- Organic Blueberry Powder
- Organic Acai Powder
- Organic Apple Powder
- Organic Cherry Powder
- Organic Strawberry Powder
- Organic Pomegranate Powder
(for AIP - just get fruit powders that are on the AIP diet like apple, organic cherry powder, etc.)
Blend all of the ingredients together in whatever proportion you would like and use in the recipe.
Cranberry Extract - linked to overall health, improved immune function, and cardiac benefits
Apple Powder - high in fiber and pectin
Blueberry Powder - high in anthocyanins (great for health and skin radiance)
Blackcurrant Powder - high in anthocyanins. Supports good circulation and skin radiance.
Açaí Powder - high in antioxidants resveratrol
Pomegranate Powder - high in vitamin C, antioxidants, and minerals
Goji Berry Powder - often called the "elixir of youth." Its stickiness shows that it has polysaccharides in it and helps moisturize skin from the inside out.
Anthocyanins are the plant colorings responsible for the vibrant reds, blues, and purples in fruits, and they have been noted to show promise in protecting from many health conditions. (source)
These popsicles are great since they are obviously loaded with nutrition are low carb, no sugar-added, and even adaptable for the AIP diet (Autoimmune Protocol or Autoimmune Paleo).
If you'd like to purchase a ready-made Berry Blend, here are 2 good options:
- This organic superfruit blend. I love the taste of this, but it does clump up easily. You can see in the reviews that it's happened to many people (and it happened to me). I do love this company, however.
These Popsicle Molds will give you popsicles very similar to the ones in the image.
But you could use any shape or variety you like.
Recipe Notes and Substitutions
- For the AIP option for this recipe use another fruit powder because the powder that I used contains some non AIP foods. I couldn't find a powdered superfood powder blend that was certified organic anywhere else, but you could make up your own using individual fruit powders that work for you.
- Berry Powder Alternative: You could also use juice instead of the powders and water, or 2 cups Cranberry Juice or this Homemade Cranberry Juice if you'd like. I like using cranberry juice for its health benefits and low sugar content.
- I typically don't give any kind of nutrition counts, but from my quick calculations, if you make small popsicles (like the 1/2 cup push up pops that we used) they have about 5 grams of carbs from the berries (we used blueberries) and 1.3 grams from the berry powder. So a total of 6.3 grams of carbs per popsicle.
- If you are on the THM plan, the blend I used has maltodextrin and so it's off plan. Use one of the berry powders that I offered as an alternative, and then this recipe qualifies as an "E."
- We used 2 scoops (1/16 teaspoon) of stevia. See How to Use Stevia. Omit for most AIP diets or use about 3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup.
Superfood Berry Popsicles - Low Carb with AIP options
- 2 tablespoons powdered berries (10 grams - approx. 2 tablespoons; add more if you would like more flavor) (or for AIP see Recipe Notes)
- 1 1/2 cups berries
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice (or the juice of one lemon; I buy huge bottles of lemon juice at Costco)
- stevia (to taste)
- Blend the Berry Powder with 2 cups of water.
- Add the juice of ½ of a lemon (1 tablespoon of lemon juice) to the blended mixture. Stir well.
- Fill the popsicle molds half way with berries.
- Pour the Berry Complex Mixture over the berries to fill.
- Freeze until solid. About 5 hours for large popsicles.
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is merely an approximation. Optional ingredients are not included and when there is an alternative, the primary ingredient is typically used. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site. Erythritol carbs are not included in carb counts since they have been shown not to impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.
These healthy popsicles are so good - my youngest would eat all of them if I let him -- but alas, he has to share :).
I hope you enjoy them too. It feels great knowing that I got some fabulous nutrition into him and not junky sugar-laden stuff.
What is your favorite frozen treat?
Photo Credit: Heather Ollenburg
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