30 July 2012
No, sugar’s not evil. But it’s sure not good for you… and we sure do consume a ton of it.
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I’m straight-up obsessed with cherries this summer. I buy them by the five-pound bag (no, seriously). Cherries are pretty amazing because they’re high in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, plus other nutrients like potassium and beta-carotene. Antioxidants? You bet.
Also, they just scream SUMMER to me! But it’s hard to eat a five-pound bag of cherries before they go bad, so freezing them into popsicles just seemed like the logical thing to do. These coconut-cherry popsicles couldn’t be easier to make. They’re filled with awesome, healthy fat from the coconut milk (which means they’re incredibly satisfying and won’t leave you all sugared up) and the cherries give them sweetness and a little tart bite. YUM.
You’ll Need (makes 5-6 small popsicles):
I actually had one for breakfast this morning (along with a hard-boiled egg and some smoked salmon — gotta get that protein/fat!). Such a nice way to start the day! Oh, and if you haven’t bought yourself some popsicle molds yet, what are you waiting for?!
1. Why doesn’t this article talk about Stevia? It comes from a plant.
2. Paragraph 19, dumbass. Also, so does hemlock.
3. What about Truvia?
4. Truvia comes from Cargill.
5. I sweeten my coffee with manuka honey, which cures leg ulcers.
6. I sweeten my coffee with blackstrap molasses, which is kind of disgusting, but gives me an icebreaker at parties.
7. I sweeten my coffee with pure agave nectar, which is different from just “agave nectar” in a variety of ways other than price.
8. I drink yerba mate, sweetened only by the smiles of the disadvantaged children I work with every day.
9. Shut UP, #8.
10. Which one is aspartame? Is that Splenda?
11. No, that’s Equal. The blue one. Splenda is the yellow one. Sweet ‘N Low is the pink one.
12. Doesn’t the pink one give you cancer?
13. Only if you’re a rat, and they forcefeed you twelve gallons of it through a hose.
14. Which one is cyclamates?
15. You don’t have that here. They have that in Canada, and they put it in the Canadian pink one, because of the cancer from the American pink one.
16. I thought that was just if you’re a rat? Are Canadians rats?
17. I use Splenda, because Dr. Atkins says it’s like magical rearranged sugar.
18. ATKINS DIED OF A HEART ATTACK. EAT ONLY RAW FRUIT, WHICH IS NOT AT ALL SUGARY EVER.
19. HE DIED FROM A FALL AND YOU’RE PROBABLY FAT ANYWAY AND WANT TO MARRY A CARROT.
20. Isn’t a bigger problem that things are all too sweet now? Shouldn’t we all just eat dirt instead, and think of food as fuel?
21. SHUT UP, #20.
22. Aspartame gives me migraines.
23. Aspartame gives me panic attacks.
24. Aspartame made me gay.
25. I used to drink twenty-six cans of Diet Coke every morning, and when I switched to water, I stopped beating my wife.
26. I hate when I see fat people drinking Diet Coke. It’s like, who are you kidding?
27. I hate when I see fat people drinking real Coke. It’s like, are you not even TRYING?
28. I hate when I see fat people.
29. I hate fat people.
30. I hate White Power Bill. IS THAT MOVIE EVER HAPPENING? IS THE NETFLIX THING REAL?
31. I drink Mexican Coke.
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A couple weeks after buying these popsicle sticks, I got mad at myself for not making them a part of my life sooner.
People, listen up: popsicle molds need to be a part of your life right now. Why pay for store-bought popsicles with lots of sugar and artificial ingredients when you can make your own with fun, delicious flavors?
I picked these specific molds based on good reviews, the fun shape/size, and the price, and they’re fabulous. I love being able to take one out of the freezer without accidentally defrosting them all. I give them a thumbs up.
On the flavor side, it’s nearly impossible to create a BAD popsicle. Anything that you can make into a smoothie, you can make into a popsicle. But you can also just use juice or a mixture of juices (I try to find 100% juice/lower sugar juices when possible).
So far, I’ve made lemonade popsicles (made with TJ’s low calories lemonade), Arnold Palmer popsicles, blueberries ‘n’ cream popsicles (either coconut milk or half and half plus blueberry juice), and my latest creation… the margarita popsicle.
It’s super simple. Just mix 1 part tequila to 2 parts margarita mix, then add a dash of lime. Stir well (so the alcohol doesn’t separate) and freeze right away.
SO refreshing and couldn’t be easier.
Two Arnold Palmers and four margarita popsicles. YUM.
I know there are probably a million popsicle recipes floating around. Do you have a favorite homemade popsicle recipe?
You all have probably guessed by now that I’m not a baker. But I have much respect for bakers who experiment to make their recipes more health-conscious. Enter Alicia Scotti, owner of Pie Country in New York City, and a friend of a good family friend of mine. All of the Pie Country baked goods are made in the Bronx using local fruits, farm-fresh dairy, and fair-trade/organic products whenever possible.
Pie Country will make almost any kind of pie — gluten-free, low sugar, etc. They say many of their pies are naturally gluten-free, and they’ve been experimenting with quinoa flour. In this guest post from owner Alicia, she talks about a recent pie challenge she was given by a customer. Find Pie Country on Facebook here.
A few months ago, I started a new company in New York City called Pie Country. It’s dedicated to local ingredients and pie, of course. Though I love all sweets, over the years it has become clear that most sweets are completely bad for you — like that beautiful Devil’s Food cake with marshmallow frosting that I made so well and would devour when my kids weren’t looking.
But pie. Pie is different. It’s filled with beautiful local fruits or nuts, and there are so many different ways to sweeten them. Recently I have been using evaporated cane syrup instead of regular white processed sugar, but my favorite sweeteners are NYC or Block Island honey and Vermont maple syrup. Yum! No more of that nasty corn syrup in my pies.
For the fruit pie, I mixed together pears, apples, and cranberries and tossed them with a generous amount of both NYC honey and Meyer lemon juice and zest, plus a good sprinkling of cinnamon. I scooped this into a pie shell made from finely chopped almonds and pecans mixed with some sweet creamery butter. Mary told me later that this was devoured well before dinner was ever served.
For the nut pie, well, I couldn’t exactly use a nut crust! So I looked to my gluten-free pies and created a coconut pie shell and filled it with our traditional pecan pie mixture that is basically pecans, eggs, and maple syrup. Pretty simple and pretty delicious. I made several individual-sized pies out of this, toasting the coconut shell a bit before pouring in the filling. From what I hear, these too were gone before dinner.
If you’re in NYC and would like to order a custom pie from Alicia, head over to the Pie Country website to get started!