Creamy Green Tea Avocado Popsicles

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Rich vanilla bean ice-cream made with cream and sugar; sensual coconut ice-cream made with coconut flesh and coconut cream; creamy avocado popsicles made with avocado and matcha green tea… All equally as delectable but only the latter has skin rejuvenating and energy enhancing properties.

Avocados contain a mono-saturated fat that can enter the mitochondria (the energy producing part of the cell) and protect it from free radical damage. This keeps the cells youthful and vibrant. Interestingly, most antioxidants can not enter the mitochondria, so avocados have a unique anti-aging ability. Avocados are also abundant in Vitamin E. Vitamin E helps keep the cell membranes fluid producing a lustrous and fresh glow.

These popsicles are dairy and almost sugar free. Just 2 tablespoons of coconut crystals which have a very low glycemic index. The crystals add a hint of sweetness and depth to the popsicle. Matcha green tea has 10 x more antioxidants than regular green tea. You can buy sachets from Republic of Tea and use the contents from one of the tea bags. If you don’t like green tea, this ingredient is optional. Green tea is one of my favorite ice-creams.

I use small glasses, pour in the mixture, add a skewer or straw and freeze for 5 hours. Make them at lunch and they’ll be ready for an early evening treat!

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

Since the powder is made from high quality tea and from the whole leaves, its a more nutrient dense source of polyphenols, which are antioxidants that have been shown to curb chronic diseases. The polyphenol EGCG has been shown to boost metabolism and slow the growth of cancer cells. Remember, since you're consuming the whole leaves, you're also consuming three times the amount of caffeine as if you were to have one cup of coffee. The medium chain fatty acids in coconut milk can be used in a heart healthy lifestyle. Use leftover milk over a bed of quinoa and veggies, add to smoothies and thai curry.

By Nikki Nies, MS,RD, LD

Creamy Green Tea Avocado Popsicles

  • Prep Time:5 minutes
  • Cook Time:5 hours freezing
  • Servings: 2

Ingredients

1 ripe avocado
2 tablespoon coconut crystals
1/4 14 oz can coconut milk
1/4 teaspoon ground vanilla bean
2 tablespoon matcha powder or Mindful Matcha

Instructions

  1. Cut the avocados in half lengthwise. Remove the pit and scoop the flesh into a blender.
  2. Add all other ingredients. Blend for 30 seconds.
  3. Pour mixture into popsicle molds and freeze for five hours. If you don’t have popsicle molds, you can pour the mixture between four glasses and place a popsicle stick or a solid straw in the center.
Cut the avocados in half lengthwise. Remove the pit and scoop the flesh into a blender. Add all other ingredients. Blend for 30 seconds. Pour mixture into popsicle molds and freeze for five hours. If you don’t have popsicle molds, you can pour the mixture between four glasses and place a popsicle stick or a solid straw in the center.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:  Calories: 236; Total Fat: 17 g; Saturated Fat: 6 g; Monounsaturated Fat: 7 g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 376 mg; Potassium: 448 mg; Carbohydrate: 15 g;  Fiber: 6 g; Sugar: 8 g; Protein: 4 g
Nutrition Bonus:
Vitamin C: 12%; Vitamin A: 2%; Iron: 5%; Calcium: 1%;
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