Chia Limeade Popsicles ~ file this 2 ingredient frozen treat under easy, healthy, refreshing, vegan, and last but not least, delicious!
Popsicles are good healthy fun, and my popsicle mold is in constant rotation all summer long.
Use your favorite all natural limeade from the store like I did, or make your own, I’ve included a basic recipe. Either way it’s a fun project that will provide hours of frosty summer slurping.
Here’s a fun fact ~ you can actually do this with all kinds of liquids ~ try apple, grapefruit, or cranberry juice, you’ll need just 2 cups for a batch of popsicles. Try this with lemonade, blueberry lemonade, or a citrus-ade like my blood orangeade. You can even do this with all natural flavored waters. Just stir the seeds into the liquid and chill for a few hours (or overnight) to allow the seeds to expand. Stir occasionally to insure that the seeds are well dispersed. Then fill your popsicle mold and freeze.
chia seeds aren’t just for the birds…
Chia seeds add a little fun to these pops, but like all seeds, they’re nutritional powerhouses. In fact chia seeds are considered to be a super food because of all their healthy benefits. There’s a lot of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals packed into their small size.
- stir chia seeds into juice and smoothies, yogurt, oatmeal, salad dressings and more.
- you can sprout chia seeds (yep, just like the old chia pets!) and use them in salads and on sandwiches, etc., instructions here.
- chia seeds can be used to help with weight loss, and because they have lots of fiber and absorb 10 times their weight in liquid, they can help keep you feeling fuller longer.
- chia seeds come in black, white, cream or grey, and you can use them interchangeably.
Popsicles are beloved here at tvfgi, and I’ve built up a fun collection of recipes ~
~wild berries, non-fat yogurt, and almond butter make these popsicles as nutritious as your morning power smoothie.
~ these are such fun to layer up and even more fun to eat! Include the kids in this project to teach them that fun food can also be healthy food.
~ these popsicles are the real deal, like biting into a fresh juicy peach.
Chia Limeade Popsicles
- 2 cups limeade or make your own, recipe below
- 1/4- 1/3 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
- 2 1/2 cups water divided
- 1/2 cup sugar
- Stir the chia seeds into the limeade and stir well. Refrigerate for 3 hours to overnight, to allow the seeds to expand. Stir occasionally to insure that the seeds get well dispersed.
- Fill the popsicles molds, insert sticks, and freeze for several hours or until frozen solid. Note: I don't use the top that comes with my popsicle mold because it can get stuck if any of the sticks aren't perfectly perpendicular, or shift. I cover the filled mold with a 'lid' of foil, and then insert the sticks. You can also do away with the foil and insert the sticks after the popsicles have been in the freezer for an hour or so. The mixture should be thick enough to hold the sticks upright.
To make homemade limeade
- Put the lime juice in a pitcher. Heat 1/2 cup of the water plus the sugar in a small saucepan on the stove, stirring, just until all the sugar is dissolved. Let cool.
- Add the cooled syrup to the lime juice, and then add the remaining 2 cups water. Chill and serve over ice, or make popsicles! Note: add more lime if you want it tangier..
Make these chia limeade popsicles your own ~
- Make it for adults only ~ add vodka or rum to the mix, up to 20% of the total volume, but no more or the popsicles won’t freeze.
- Make it with lemonade, or any other fruit-ade you like.
used to make chia limeade popsicles… (the photos are clickable)