Oh, how I wish the weather would stay like this until the end of September. Clear blue sky and hot temperatures. It gives me a perfect excuse to indulge in all sorts of frozen desserts ranging from ice cream brownies to lemon ice cream. There are so many choices, but these ice pops are a fantastic pick for late evenings. They come with the rich, sweet flavour of red grapes and nothing is quite as delicious and beautiful as these ruby red grape ice pops.
Last year I used to love it to just kick back in the garden after sunset and enjoy my evening paired with a glass of ruby red zinfandel. A lovely wine made from red grapes that originate in my home country Croatia. So what changed since then? This year I decided to skip this habit. Even though a glass of red wine is not a bad thing and does come with antioxidants and relaxing properties I went and cut alcohol out of my life to see if it would change anything. Now mind you, I was never much of a drinker, but I did enjoy my weekend cider and red wine with a nice dinner.
I didn’t expect a huge difference but to my surprise, it has been exactly half a year now, and I have dropped a dress size without doing anything else differently. There are very many conflicting studies about this topic, and you can find a good summary here but skipping the glass of red wine and weekend cider caused me to go from a Uk 12 to a 10 (US 8 to a 6), and all I have lost was body fat. Crazy, right? Now you might wonder what I replaced my glass of wine with and that is where these lovely ice pops come into place. I tend to buy the darkest grapes I can find for this, juice them and turn them into ice pops. These red grape ice pops are refreshing, low in calories and loaded with all the good benefits that grapes bring with them and I promise, they are just as delicious as a glass of red wine.
- 750g (1½ lb) red grapes
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp agave
- 20 grapes cut into half - optional
- Wash your 750g (1½ lb)grapes and add them with the lemon juice and agave to a blender and process until fruit is broken apart. Strain through a mesh sieve and discard the seeds and skin.
- If you want the optional grapes, then add the cut grapes to the ice pop mould. I placed four halves into each slot.
- Pour the liquid into an ice pop mould and freeze until solid for at least 5 hours.