Watermelon Basil Lime Popsicles


Watermelon Basil Lime Popsicles1We started basil from seed for the first time this year. It sits in a sunny window where the kids and I can’t help but walk by and sniff it multiple times of day. Even though it’s still small, it already smells like one of the best things in the world! DSC_0345Yesterday I gave it a little trim, taking off some of the first big leaves. Then I combined the leaves with a little water and some honey in a mug. I microwaved this mixture until it boiled and then set it to the side to create a nice sweet basil tea.
DSC_0353Basil surprisingly goes really well with watermelon and when you add in a little lime flavor, it’s just about perfect. Fresh, light and ideal for summer.

We had some leftover watermelon from Mother’s Day so I put a few cups into the blender, squeezed in the juice from one lime and then added the basil tea (with the leaves removed). The mixture was so good that my oldest daughter drank what wouldn’t fit into the Popsicle mold and why not? It was basically like a watermelon smoothie!DSC_0359Next time you have some extra watermelon, blend it up, make these and then take a slow moment and sit down with your kids to enjoy them.

What are some of the things you’re looking forward to this summer?Watermelon Basil Lime Popsicles

    • Watermelon Basil Lime Popsicles
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      Ingredients
      1. 1/4 cup water
      2. 4 tablespoons honey
      3. A handful of basil leaves (10-20)
      4. 3 cups cubed watermelon
      5. Fresh juice from one lime
      6. Popsicle Mold
      Instructions
      1. In a microwave safe cup, bring water, honey and basil to a boil (about a minute).
      2. Stir to dissolve the honey.
      3. Allow to steep for 5-10 minutes and then remove the basil.
      4. In a blender, combine the basil simple syrup (the water and honey combo), watermelon, and lime juice, and blend until smooth.
      5. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and insert an additional basil leaf or two for garnish, if desired (if you're making these for kids, you might want to skip the garnish).
      6. Once frozen, remove the popsicles by running water over the molds and gently pulling on the sticks.
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Angela is a wife, mama to three little ones and a lifelong Washington State resident. Besides facilitating the NW Healthy Mama website, she loves being involved in her kids’ school, hiking with her girlfriends, growing all the things, writing, reading and taking photos.

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