Lemon popsicles made from fresh fruit juice and blue from protein-rich blue spirulina. A homemade protein popsicle that is blue and not full of artificial ingredients. Now you can eat a fresh fruit popsicle to meet your healthy protein needs for the day.
Homemade Lemon Popsicles
Don’t these lemon popsicles remind you of two towels on a sunny sandy beach, with the lemon being the sun, haha?
It’s the aqua blue that really shouts beach, doesn’t it? And so what better time to make these then the beachy months of summer. And reasons to make these include that they are full of protein from anti-oxdant rich spirulina.
This homemade lemon popsicle recipe is also refined-sugar-free and full of vitamin C and other immunity powers from both lemon juice and baobab powder.
Let’s Talk About Blue Popsicles
Remember those artificially-colored blue pops from the ice cream truck? Blue choices off the truck were my favorite. Especially the snow cones. Blue is supposed to be lemon-flavored, right? But I don’t think these treats ever actually came in contact with a lemon. And they were blue from chemicals.
Well, not my lemon popsicle recipe! Mine are blue for healthy reasons. I used spirulina, a highly nutrition superfood and a great source of protein, energy and other nutrients.
How Healthy Is Spirulina?
Spirulina is algae, pond scum to be exact. Haha. That doesn’t sound appetizing, does it. But it’s nutrition panel is impressive and other ingredients can be used to overcome the taste.
For instance, spirulina provides a complete protein source and is one of the few plant-based foods to do so. In addition, spirulina has other qualities, including chlorophyll, that balance blood sugar, block disease-causing free radicals, and protect the gut. It also has a ton of B vitamins, which is great news for vegans and vegetarians. Read more about spirulina benefits here.
How is Blue Spirulina Different from Green Spirulina
And blue spirulina is said to be even healthier. It has higher levels of phycocyanin than does the green version. This component has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. So I say let’s go blue!
As I said, some people are hesitant to use spirulina in recipes because of the strong taste. I overcome it with maple syrup and lemon juice here. And a quality brand spirulina is important too. You want a quality brand both for flavor and to be sure it is harvest in non-hard-metal areas. I linked to a reputable brand below, but you can use your favorite.
How to Make This Lemon Popsicle Recipe
These popsicles are very fruity and citrusy in flavor both from the lemon juice and citrus-y baobab powder. You can increase the sweetness by increasing the maple syrup, or reduce it, your choice. Just be sure to taste-test.
The spirulina needs a warmish water to help it dissolve, but not too warm or you’ll damage it’s protein framework.
I hope you love this recipe and that it helps you dream of the beach!
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Homemade Lemon Popsicle Recipe with Protein
- Warm the water slightly to allow the spirulina to dissolve. I have mine slightly warmer than room temperature.Juice 6 lemons to achieve 1 cup of lemon juice.Wash and slice the seventh lemon into thin slices. Insert a slice into each popsicle mold unit.
- Blend water and 1 tsp of blue spirulina powder until fully dissolved. Add more or less spirulina to achieve the color you want.
- To the blender, add the rest of the ingredients. Taste-test for sweetness, add more syrup for a sweeter flavor.
- Pour in the liquid into the popsicle molds, filling each to the top. Tap the mold so any trapped liquid encases the lemon slice completely.
- Freeze for 30 minutes, then insert sticks.
- Freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- Remove popsicles by submerging mold (not getting popsicles wet) in a tub of hot water. Pull out a popsicle, put it in the freezer immediately. Enjoy!
- Do not let these popsicles thaw and then re-freeze. That will destroy the nutritional power of the protein-based spirulina.I store ours in an airtight container in the freezer for one month.
Dee Dine is founder of Green Smoothie Gourmet, a plant based recipe blog, and author of the recent cookbook, Crazy Healthy with 4 Ingredients . On this blog you’ll find incredibly easy recipes with hidden veggies for anyone wanting to eat healthier, regardless of diet. Dee has graduate degrees in sciences and journalism. More about Dee Dine here.