Say hello to your new favorite way to eat honeydew! And no, we are not sorry about it, not even a little. Honeydew is a refreshing melon that is readily available throughout the year, but the freshest varieties are available during summer. That’s because summer is melon season! Get your hands on every melon variety possible, from honeydews and cantaloupes to watermelons and canary melons.
Honeydew melon works to support the body in many ways, encouraging stronger bones, better digestion, and clearer skin. In addition to the vitamin and mineral content, honeydew exhibits impressive antioxidant activity. Researchers note that many of the health properties are linked to phytoene, quercetin, caffeic acid, and beta-carotene in honeydew. It also contains folate, which is essential for the breakdown of homocysteine. Elevated levels of homocysteine have been linked to reduced bone mineral density over time.
Not to be counted out, basil boasts an incredible nutritional profile and health benefits. According to several studies, basil may help reduce depression that stems from chronic stress. One of the more impressive things basil does is improve fasting blood sugar, triglyceride, and cholesterol levels. It also works to relax blood vessels and thin the blood, which is beneficial for people who have hypertension. That means that you can feel good about enjoying these popsicles!
- Prep Time:10m
- Total Time:10m
- 4 c honeydew, cubed
- 1/4 c basil leaves
- 1/4 c freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tbsp. raw agave nectar (or more to taste)
- Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Stop blending and taste the mixture. Add more agave nectar if it is not sweet enough for you.
- Pour the blended mixture into popsicle molds and place in the freezer for at least six hours, or until frozen.
- This should make about eight popsicles, depending on the size of your popsicle molds. Enjoy when ready.