Ice lollies can be an ideal way to use up some of the fruits and vegetables that you have grown in your polytunnel. From simple, family-friendly favourites to more unusual combinations, there are plenty of ways to freeze healthy ingredients and create cooling treats for the whole family. Here are five healthy ice lolly ideas to inspire you to use up your polytunnel fruit and vegetables this summer:
Traffic Light Ice Lolly
These simple lollies combine kiwis, peaches and strawberries to create a triple fruity ice lolly for kids. Add strawberry puree to your ice lolly moulds until they are around a third full, then freeze until they are firm (around 1 ½ hours), then add a peach puree, and repeat. Finally, fill up the remainder of the moulds with kiwi puree to make your traffic light lollies.
Carrot and Orange Ice Lollies
Juice some oranges and puree some carrots and then simply combine the two and freeze in lolly moulds to make some simple, sunshine-filled ice lollies that kids will love, packed full of healthy vitamin C and other nutrients.
Strawberry Milk Pops
Why buy unhealthy store-bought versions when you can make your own using three simple ingredients? All you need is strawberries fresh from your polytunnel, semi-skimmed milk and a can of light condensed milk. Blend the ingredients, freeze then enjoy as a sweet summer treat.
Berry and Beetroot Ice Lollies
There are plenty of ice lolly recipes that call for a variety of summer berries. You might have raspberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants, white currants and more available in your polytunnel or elsewhere in your garden over the summer months. To add an extra punch of nutrition, consider adding roast beetroot purée to the mix, for delicious lollies that kids will never guess are a healthy option. You can add a little sweetness with honey if required. You can even up the nutrient content even more by sneaking in some spinach – the kids will never know it is there!
Cucumber, Mint and Lemon Lollies
Cucumbers, mint and lemon juice can be combined with honey for sweetness (to taste) to make super-refreshing ice lollies for the summer. For grown up gatherings you could even add a sneaky nip of gin to these refreshing summer treats.
These are just some of the interesting ice lollies that you might be able to make using produce you can grow in your polytunnel. Whether you are looking for a way to get the kids to eat their fruit and veg, or for a more grown-up treat for a summer party in your garden, ice lollies could be the answer. Do you make ice lollies using things that you have grown in your polytunnel? Let us know in the comments below.
Elizabeth Waddington is a writer and green living consultant living in Scotland. Permaculture and sustainability are at the heart of everything she does, from designing gardens and farms around the world, to inspiring and facilitating positive change for small companies and individuals.
She also works on her own property, where she grows fruit and vegetables, keeps chickens and is working on the eco-renovation of an old stone barn.