Baking & Dessert

By Marla Meridith | August 16, 2011

Photo: Marla Meridith

One of my all-time favorite things about going to a spa (beyond a luxurious massage) is the refreshing cucumber lemon water they serve in frosty glasses. Since going to the spa is an experience that does not happen too often, I decided to bring the spa to me; hence, the creation of my Cucumber Lemon Spa Popsicles. They take minimal effort…..but make you feel far away and fabulous!

The summer days are still sizzlin’ and we could all use some refreshing and healthy snacks. Cucumber and lemons are easy to find and these clean flavors are thirst-quenching, after exercise or for mingling with friends by the pool. These pops are a sophisticated, whimsical twist on a summer time favorite and are a healthier & more cost efficient alternative to store-bought pops. Not to mention, more eco-friendly since there’s no packaging to toss! As always, use your own taste buds to determine how sweet you want your ice pops. Won’t you join me at the spa?

Photo: Marla Meridith

Makes 3 cups of popsicle mix

Marla Meridith is the creator, photographer, stylist and go-to-gal behind the blog Family Fresh Cooking. She believes in real, whole foods for a happy, high energy life. She is obsessed with her family, food, travel and coffee. Look for her on Twitter and Facebook too.

  • 1 cup julienned seedless Cucumber
  • 1 fresh squeezed Lemon, remove any seeds
  • 2 cups cold Water
  • Natural Sweetener, added to taste: use your favorite, I use Stevia. Maple Syrup, Honey & Agave are good too

Directions

1. Slice lemon in half and squeeze it over a strainer into 2 cups of cold water. Sweeten lemon water to taste with your favorite sweetener.

2. Fill popsicle molds 2/3 with lemonade. Freeze uncovered for about 1 hour. Take pops out of freezer. Scrape and stir any ice crystals that have formed.

3. Add a spoonful of the julienned cucumber to the pop molds. Be sure to leave a tiny bit of room at the top of your popsicle mold so they don't overflow when you add the stick.

4. With a popsicle stick or a butter knife, press the cucumber into the mixture so it is evenly distributed. Add your popsicle sticks, freeze pops for another 3-4 hours until solid.

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