Enter the world of juicing. While I'm not a huge advocate of juice as a dietary staple (due to it's lack of fibre and rapidly digesting sugars), pulling out the juicer for an occasional treat like popsicles or sorbets has numerous benefits over storebought mixes and pre-fabricated novelties. For one, you obviously get more nutrients from "real food", and making the treats yourself means you can customize them to fit with your family's tastes and dietary needs. For instance, around here I would probably use a combination of water and pineapple juice for the coconut water (being allergic to coconut) and amp up the vanilla element, especially if freezing it (which mutes flavours). However, I know people who would accentuate the coconut element with a shot of spiced or vanilla-flavoured rum - a handy trick for making sorbets to keep them scoopable in the freezer.
5-8 Tangelos (or 4 tangerines and 3 large oranges)
2 cups coconut water (or half coconut water half water)
5 Fuji apples, cored and roughly chopped (leave peel on)
5 large carrots
1/2 a vanilla bean, scraped of seeds, pod minced
- Run all ingredients through a juicer.
- Enjoy chilled in a frosty glass, freeze into popsicles or churn into sorbet.