August 26, 2012

National Cherry Popsicle Day

"You're my pop-si-cle! All I know is that you make me feel so fancyfree."  -  New Kids on the Block, "Popsicle"

It's National Cherry Popsicle Day!

I've recently been put on pretty rugged medication that has "severe dry mouth" as a side effect. The doctor told me that other patients found sucking on lollipops helped them deal with this. So, I bought a big bag of gorgeous tasting organic, vegan lollipops.

But the only thing that seems to satiate me is ice cubes.

But that seems so drab, so I've begun calling them "water popsicles."

For National Cherry Popsicle Day it made sense to share this awesome (and super simple and totally unoriginal) idea with you. All you gotta do is cut cherries, put them in an ice cube tray, and fill with water or black cherry sparkling water. Toss in the freezer until... well, frozen, and you've got cherry-flavored water popsicles!

Cherries are pretty impressive fruits. Did you know they contain melatonin making them an awesome natural sleep aid? They're also one of top foods for antioxidants (which are substances that protect cells from damage caused by free radicals [unstable molecules]). Cherries have also been proven to help alleviate arthritis pain and inflammation, and help reduce heart disease because they contain anthocyanins.

So, whether you're making your own (water) popsicles or buying them - dig in! This summery treat isn't just sweet, it's also sweet for your body.

Happy National Cherry Popsicle Day!