Popsicles, unlike ice cream or sorbet, are a frozen dessert on a stick manufactured from water. They can reduce the discomfort of a sore and achy throat because to the cool sensation.
However, many store-bought popsicles include artificial and nutrient-deficient substances that are detrimental to our health, recuperation, and everyday well-being.
Fortunately, these frozen sweets are simple to create at home because just a few ingredients are needed. By including elderberry, they can deliver immune-boosting and flu-fighting advantages to the throat.
Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is a well-known variety of berry that has been used as a medicine since ancient times. They can be used dried as whole berries, powdered, in immune teas and syrups, and in capsule form.
Nutrients contained in Elderberries:
- B-vitamins such as B1, B2, B6, and B9
- Antioxidant Vitamins A, C, and E
- Trace elements: copper, zinc, and iron
- Minerals including calcium, potassium, and magnesium
- Phytochemicals (anthocyanidin and other polyphenols, carotenoids, and phytosterols)
Other healthy items that may be added to this elderberry Popsicle recipe include wild blueberries (an electrolyte source), raw honey, and gelatin!
Elderberry Immune Popsicles – a calming and pleasant mix that promotes healing and provides treatment from colds and flu.
This recipe yields 6 popsicles.
- ¾ cup of filtered water
- 3 tablespoons dried whole elderberries
- 1 tablespoon grass-fed (optional) gelatin
- 1 cup maple water*
- 2 tbsp raw honey or dark maple syrup
- ½ cup fresh or frozen wild blueberries*
- 1 lemon, juiced
Follow these steps:
1) In a small saucepan, combine elderberries and water to make a powerful elderberry tea.
2) Bring the mixture to a boil, then lower to a low heat for 15-20 minutes.
3) Strain or remove the elderberries from the tea. Squeeze the elderberries’ juices through cheesecloth.
4) If using gelatin, return the elderberry tea to the pot and sprinkle with the gelatin, allowing it to bloom.
5) Stir in raw honey or maple syrup and slowly simmer the tea over low heat.
6) Stir until everything is fully blended.
7) In a high-speed blender, combine the maple water, blueberries, or fruit, and mix until creamy and smooth.
8) Stir together the lemon juice and blueberry combination with the elderberry combination.
9) Pour into Popsicle molds and freeze until solid enough to eat!
a) Make the recipe exactly as written.
b) Unsweetened/unflavored coconut water can be used in place of maple water. c) If you don’t enjoy the combination of blueberries and elderberries, you may substitute something else to complement the immune-boosting benefits of elderberries.
d) While gelatin has some added advantages for gut health and immunity, it is not required for manufacturing popsicles. This step is optional.