With July fourth coming up, I’m excited to share these easy, healthy, and super festive Coconut Water and Fresh Berry Popsicles with you!
Plus, I’ll tell you how to pick the best coconut water (including my top 3 favorite brands), and which ones to avoid!
Easy Coconut Water and Fresh Berry Popsicles
But July fourth calls for something red, white, and blue, so today it’s coconut water popsicles with fresh strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries!
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These couldn’t be any easier – just drop some berries into popsicle molds, then fill with coconut water and freeze.
A few hours later, they’ll be the hit of the July 4th party. No one needs to know they took virtually zero effort!
Coconut Water – What NOT to Buy
Coconut water has been touted as a healthy substitute for Gatorade and soda. It’s true that pure coconut water is a good source of electrolytes like sodium and potassium, and has a refreshing flavor.
As a result, tons of coconut waters have flooded the market, some even sold by soda manufacturers like Pepsi and Coca Cola (How’s that for irony?). Not surprisingly, the most popular brands of coconut water have added sugars and flavors on the ingredients list, and often use GMO coconuts.
Ingredients in top selling Zico’s supposedly “pure” coconut water:
coconut water from concentrate, water, cane sugar, coconut cream (coconut extract, water), cocoa processed with alkali, natural flavors, carrageenan, gellan gum.
“Pure” coconut water with sugar, natural flavor, and carrageenan – really? What happened to simply collecting something wonderful from God’s creation and enjoying all of its natural benefits without adding other junk to it?
Well, the good news is, some companies are doing just that.
How to Choose the Best Coconut Water
My Top 3 Favorite Brands of Coconut Water:
1. Harmless Harvest
100% raw, unpasteurized coconut water from non-GMO, USDA certified organic coconuts. No added sugars or flavors. Buy Harmless Harvest Coconut Water here.
2. Amy & Brian
100% coconut water from non-GMO coconuts. No added sugars or flavors, and they offer “with pulp” (I used this one for my popsicles) or “pulp free” versions. It’s also one of the cheapest and is carried by both health food stores and regular grocery stores. Buy Amy & Brian Coconut Water here.
3. Harvest Bay
100% coconut water from non-GMO coconuts. No added sugars or flavors and pasteurized at low temperatures for only a couple of seconds. Buy Harvest Bay coconut water here.
Of course, even better than packaged coconut water would be drinking it straight from the coconut! Learn how to open a coconut to get coconut water, using nothing more than a paring knife!
Whether store bought or straight from a fresh coconut, coconut water and fresh berries make the perfect pair in these super refreshing and naturally sweet Independence Day popsicles!
- Fresh Berries (I used blueberries, raspberries, and sliced strawberries)
- Coconut Water (I used Amy and Brian's Coconut Juice)
- Drop beries into popsicle molds (smaller pieces will go to the bottom, others will have to be gently nudged into the mold using a butter knife or extra popsicle stick).
- Pour coconut water over the berries to fill the popsicle mold, then insert popsicle sticks.
- Cover and chill for several hours.
- Allow to sit on counter at room temperature for a few minutes for easy release from the molds.