Most store-bought popsicles and ice cream bars are loaded with added sugars, and those that aren’t are often sweetened with artificial sweeteners and offer little nutritional value.  So today we’re Getting the Skinny with Molly on homemade popsicles and fudgesicles that have no added sugar, plus they’re packed with wholesome, nutritious ingredients, too!

PINEAPPLE-CILANTRO ICE POPS

Adapted from Meltdown - a NOLA-based ice-pop shop

1 ripe pineapple, cut into small chunks

1 handful of fresh cilantro leaves

1/3 cup Swerve Sweetener

Juice of ½ lime

Pinch of salt

Put pineapple, cilantro, Swerve, lime juice and salt in a blender, and puree until smooth.  Pour into popsicle molds.   Freeze for four hours, or until frozen.  Dip molds into lukewarm water to help remove the pops.   Serves 8-10.

Nutrition Facts per Ice Pop:

50 calories

0 grams fat

0 grams saturated fat

15 grams carbohydrate

1.4 grams fiber

10 grams sugar (all naturally-occurring fruit sugar)

0.5 grams protein

Added benefits:

  • Each ice pop provides 80% of daily value for Vitamin C.
  • Pineapple is rich in Bromelain, an enzyme with anti-inflammatory properties & aids in digestion. 
  • Cilantro has an antibacterial effect and potentially an anti-inflammatory effect.