so, since my last rhubarb post i have accumulated two more batches of rhubarb. last week I was lucky to get a few more stalks of rhubarb in my farm box (oh canmore farmbox, i love you) and then - just when i was thinking i couldn't get any luckier - we made a trip out to sundre, AB to visit some friends and adjust clinton's new bow (he pretty much looks like this guy now). we had a pretty fun afternoon drinking coffee, picking rhubarb and practising some extreme archery. at the end of the day we left with two entire bags of rhubarb, which made me a pretty happy camper.
this past week, i also received a box of treats from North Coast Naturals. i have used the NCN Whey Protein Powder's quite a bit in the past, and i am also a big fan of the L-Glutamine powder. i wanted to try out a few more of their products and they were kind enough to send a box full of goodies (Thank you North Coast Naturals!!)
since i had all this rhubarb and the weather has been pretty hot out, i wanted to try making some popsicles. i also had some beets to use up, which i thought might make an interesting popsicle combo. and since i was on a bit of a healthy train with the beets, i decided to throw in the NCN Daily Greens in Berry Flavour - this may have been one of the best decisions i have ever made!
As you likely know, I normally prefer to eat my greens via copious amounts of salad, spinach smoothies and green things in my breakfast bowls. But sometimes i actually run out of green vegetables and need to rely on something else to boost my vegetable consumption.
Besides being delicious, this little green powder is very impressive! it has the antioxidant levels of 7 full servings of fruits and vegetables, the electrolytes & minerals of 10 full servings of vegetables and the rich greens of 25 complete servings of green vegetables in every scoop (WOW!). i can see how this Daily Greens stuff is quickly going to become a staple in this house! While I mainly chose the berry flavour for clinton's benefit (he usually chooses berry protein powders so that i won't steal them - i gravitate to chocolate & vanilla), it actually made the perfect addition to this popsicle recipe and injected some sweetness into the bitter flavour of the rhubarb & beet combo. AND, by adding the green's powder to the rhubarb & beet base, i was able to seriously up the health benefit of these things making it even easier to justify consuming a boat load in one day.
In my mind, this is pretty much the perfect summer recipe: Zero refined sugars. Tons of rhubarb. Super healthy & super refreshing.
You need to make these now.
Here is the recipe:
- 300g chopped rhubarb ie. about 2 cups, or 2 very large stalks
- 60g finely chopped (and peeled!) beet ie. 1 very small beet farm box beet
- 3/4 cup pure apple juice from your farm box (or extra water)
- 1.5 cups water
- 1 tbsp honey or a few drops of stevia
to a large pot. Simmer on low until the rhubarb & beet is tender, about 15 minutes.
Pour the mixture into a bowl and allow to cool to room temperature (speed up the process in the refrigerator if you are impatient like me)
Once cooled, pour into your vitamix (or food processor) with
- 1 tsp vanilla powder and
- 2 scoops of North Coast Naturals Daily Greens Berry flavour**.
Blend until smooth.
Pour into 10 popsicle molds (i used this one). Freeze until solid.
**Of course, you could use any 'greens' powder to make these popsicles. However - it would seriously alter the taste if you chose not to use a berry-flavoured powder.