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Summertime Homemade Popsicles

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I know I haven't had the chance to post a recipe up on the blog for a while... We went away on a family holiday to Jordan & Dubai and as soon as I got back I went straight into weekly special orders, my first ever group cooking class, followed by lots of catering orders and few new exciting developments which I'll hopefully be able to write about soon :)

I've been practising yoga on the balcony recently as the weather is absolutely beautiful over here at the moment, and this recipe idea came to me on one hot morning! It was a lot hotter than usual and after I finished I was drenched in sweat, all I could think of was having a nice fruity popsicle. I rummaged around the cupboards and found my old popsicle moulds, reached for the few ingredients we had in the fridge and decided to make some mango, coconut milk, lime, and ginger popsicles.

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Mangos are very alkaline, which help balance the acidity in your body, they are also high in antioxidants which help protect the body against certain types of cancers.

Coconut milk has a multitude of benefits so here are a few, it's anti-bacterial, high in good fats, and iron, which is especially good for women.

Limes are an amazing source of vitamin C, they also help keep the body's blood sugar levels balanced, which is a good combination with mango as they are high in natural sugars.

Finally, I love ginger, not only does it add a nice depth of flavour but it's so good for you too! It helps reduce inflammation, aids in digestion & nausea and has also been linked to studies which have shown that it kills cancer cells.

So not only will this popsicle cool you down in the summer heat, but it will also be doing a lot of good to your body, in contrast to the sugar and chemical filled popsicles you can by at the shops! Again, if you don't have all the ingredients, try experimenting with what you have at home.

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Ingredients (makes 6)

1 medium ripe mango

1 frozen ripe banana

1/2 cup coconut milk/cream

Juice of 1 lime

1 knob of fresh ginger, peeled

Method

Scoop the flesh out of the mango, place in a blender along with all the other ingredients and pulse until you have a nice smooth consistency.

Fill the moulds with the thick mixture, tap the moulds on the counter to make sure the mixture has been evenly dispersed, then place in the freezer for 4 hours, or over night.

Enjoy!

Good morning Doha!

I finally made it to Doha and managed to come across a lovely little fruit and veg shop where I stocked up on crates full of delicious Lebanese clementines and crunchy royal gala apples. The hotel room we're staying in looks like a mini market and the cab driver even asked if we were planning on selling the fruit and veg we bought as he couldn't believe that we would manage to eat all it all! I may have gotten a bit over excited by the sight of beautifully ripe Indian mangoes and papaya as most of the food here is imported you have access to quite a lot of exotic produce. However I was told that there are a few greenhouses which have started growing local produce that is sold at a farmers market once a week, so as soon as I find out where that is, I'll be there!

This fruit bowl is one of the first things I started making when I decided to try and eat more healthily about 4 years ago, and I would make it every morning for breakfast. I try to include at least 5 fruits, granola (homemade if possible), and yoghurt. I hope you incorporate this into your daily breakfast routine and feel the benefits of having fruit everyday. As my dad used to tell me when I was little "an apple a day keeps the doctor away!"

Ingredients (serves 2)

1/2 mango 2 clementines 12 black grapes 1 apple 1 banana Granola 4 tablespoons natural set yoghurt

Chop up all the fruit and divide in two bowls. Add granola and yoghurt. Enjoy!