Spice Mama of the Month - Guest Post

Drumroll please we have a guest blogger people!

Our fourth recipe in the Cardamom series comes from our first ever SPICE MAMA OF THE MONTH, Kelly Mezyk Mokkapati. Kelly is a school teacher turned fabulous mommy who loves experimenting with new recipes for her toddler. She's also working on a creative and educational new venture Felted where she hand makes gorgeous felt food for kids - https://www.facebook.com/feltedbykelly. She invited my son Ilhan and I over to try these absolutely divine popsicles and I melted into cardamom mango heaven after my first bite. These babies have no added sugar and they taste better than any store bought popsicles - guaranteed.

CARDAMOM PART IV
Kelly Mezyk Mokkapati

The distant hum of a lawnmower, the birds’ song, the chime of the ice cream truck . . . to me, these are the sounds of summer! Although these aren’t the same sounds my city-dwelling son relates to summer, I recreate our own version of the ice cream truck in our kitchen. These mango lassi popsicles hit the spot on a hot summer day, or even a chilly winter day; they’re that good. The added bonus is that you can feel good about giving them to your kids—they’re a healthy treat! (shhh, keep that part to yourself)

RECIPE

Adapted from http://www.dessertsforbreakfast.com/2010/09/mango-lassi-and-strawberry-honey-yogurt.html#more

CARDAMOM MANGO LASSI POPSICLES
12 months+, Toddler, Kid, Adult

Nutrition

Mangoes have been a part of the human diet for 4000 years. Their sweet luxurious taste has made them one of the most consumed fruits in the world but they have an impressive host of nutrients to boot. Mangoes are brimming with carotenids like alpha and beta-carotene, which are precursors to Vitamin A production in the body and potent anti-cancer agents due to their antioxidant free radical scavenging activities. Vitamin A is especially important for eye development in children - being fat soluble, it is well absorbed in these greek yoghurt and milk popsicles. Mangoes also offer a boatload of Vitamin C and some B vitamins, particularly folate - if you're pregnant and looking for sources of folic acid, you can devour these with your kids. Together with calcium, protein and probiotics from yoghurt, the range of health benefits from cardamom and NO ADDED SUGAR, these are truly treats you can feel amazing about. 

Yield

Makes 4-6 popsicles, depending on the size of your molds

Ingredients

1 cup chopped ripe mango (about 1 large mango)
3/4 cup plain full fat Greek yogurt
1/4 cup plain whole or skim milk
3 pods cardamom, skins removed and seeds finely ground
Pinch of salt

Method

Dry roast the ground cardamom over a medium flame in a nonstick skillet if you are concerned about contaminants in your spice stock or to be on the safe side for younger kids (see the GUIDELINES section under the SPICES tab). Combine the ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth. Pour the mixture into the popsicle molds and freeze until solid (usually several hours). Remove molds by running a bit of hot water on the outside and enjoy! 

Download the recipe here.


HEALTH BENEFITS

Vitamins A and C
Fiber
Antioxidants
Calcium
Protein
PLUS all the previously discussed cardamom benefits!


RECIPE

Cardamom Mango Lassi Popsicles
12 months+,
Toddler, Kid,
Adult