Cherry, Watermelon, Grapefruit and Basil Frozen Pops

Stay cool for the summer with this take on healthy frozen popsicles. They’re easy to make and are the perfect snack for you and your kids.

Fresh cherries are readily available in Michigan throughout the summer and they highlight this healthy recipe. Cherry, deep in red color, are rich with vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, iron, fiber and folate. If you needed extra convincing, cherries also have 19 times the amount of beta-carotene (vitamin A) than blueberries and strawberries.

The watermelon, lime and grapefruit juice combine to make tasty drink that will refresh you all summer. You can also find basil, which adds a punch of originality, in Michigan farmers markets throughout April and October.

Learn more about Michigan’s farmers markets and how to make this dish from Channel 13 WZZM’s host Val Lego and Grace Derocha, RD, registered dietitian and health coach at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan below.

Give these fun popsicles a try next time you’re looking for a snack at home. Let us know how you like them in the comments!

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Photo Credit: Grace Derocha, A Healthier Michigan

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp. basil leaves, finely chopped almost minced
  • 2 cups cherries, pitted
  • ½ cup fresh ruby red grapefruit juice (about 1 grapefruit)
  • 1 ½ cups fresh watermelon juice
  • 1 ½ teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • Dash of kosher salt

Cherry, Watermelon, Grapefruit and Basil Frozen Pops

Instructions
1. Pit and chop cherries, stir in finely chopped, almost minced basil leaves. Let sit for 30 minutes.
2. Mix grapefruit juice, watermelon juice, lime juice, honey and salt thoroughly.
3. Pour the juice mixture into frozen Popsicle molds or small paper cups. Add 1-2 Tbsp. of cherry mixture to each mold or cup. Add in wooden sticks.
4. Freeze for 4 to 6 hours, or until completely frozen.
5. Peel away paper cup. Serve and enjoy!

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