Being plugged in and scheduled 24/7 can leave us feeling frazzled. When you're in need of some chill time, reach for this calm and cool pop instead. Chamomile has long been known to help settle nerves, and may also provide a boost to your immune system. Mint helps relieve gas and indigestion, a common symptom of stress. Blueberries are loaded with anthocyanins, a type of polyphenol antioxidant that may help women cut their risk of having a heart attack by a third. Anthocyanins also are quite promising for helping to reverse age-related declines in brain function. Did I also mention that this interesting combination tastes amazing?
Note: You will need six (3-ounce) ice pop molds with sticks.
- 2 chamomile tea bags
- 8 ounces boiling water
- 1/2 cup blueberries, divided
- 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 4 ounces cold water
- 1/4 cup whole milk vanilla yogurt
1. In a mug, add the tea bags and boiling water. Steep for 10 to 15 minutes, until the water is golden. Remove the tea bags and place the tea in the refrigerator to cool.
2. Place about 1 tablespoon of blueberries into each pop molds and set aside.
3. In a blender, add the cooled tea, mint leaves, honey, water and yogurt. Blend until frothy. Pour the chamomile mixture into the pop molds and place in the freezer for 6 hours or overnight. The tea and yogurt will separate during the freezing process, but this won't affect the flavor.
4. To unmold, run the pop briefly under warm water, remove and enjoy.
Frances Largeman-Roth, RDN, is a nutrition expert, writer and best-selling author. Her books include Feed the Belly, The CarbLovers Diet and Eating in Color. Follow her @FrancesLRothRD.