GINGER True Büch Sparkling Apricot Creamsicles / by Shelby Stewart

Why you should eat these:

Apricots: Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of all of the fresh fruits and veggies that are in season! The great thing about locally grown produce is the amount of nutrients they have. The longer a fruit or veggie is away from the plant/tree/ground where it came from the more nutrients it loses. This is why some carrots can taste like cardboard in the winter...take advantage of the short growing season and buy some fresh stuff! BC Apricots can be found at any farmers market, but feel free to use your favorite summer fruit for this recipe.

True Büch Kombucha: For those of you who haven't tried this beverage I highly recommend you get on the Kombucha train! This fermented drink is full of probiotics and enzymes which enhance the digestive process and keep things running smoothly. Consuming fermented foods containing high quantities of beneficial bacteria (probiotics), is important to help maintain your own gut bacteria. In turn this leads to a highly efficient digestive system which is able to break down food particles and maximize nutrient absorption. Tru Buch is a local Calgary company with lots of tasty flavours. Pick up a growler of the ginger flavour at any Cru location.

Stevia: Stevia powder comes from the stevia plant and is used as an alternative to sugar. It is 10,000x sweeter than sugar, calorie free and entirely natural! Use it to add sweetness to your dishes without increasing the glycemic index of your meal or snack. I always add a pinch to my coffee or tea in the morning...but be careful with overdoing it as you only need a tiny pinch for lots of sweet!

You will need:

- ½ cup coconut milk (full fat, preferably organic) 
- ¾ cup True Büch ginger kombucha
5 fresh apricots, pitted
- 2-3 dates, pitted
Stevia to taste
- Blender
- Popsicle mould

What to do:

1. Pit your dates and apricots and toss them into your blender.
2. Add coconut milk and blend until mixture is thick and creamy.
3. Add kombucha and blend on the lowest setting. Kombucha is naturally everscent so you want to be sure the mixture doesn't get too fizzy!
4. Taste it. If you like things sweeter add a couple pinches of stevia until you are satisfied.
5.Wait a couple minutes to let the bubbles settle, this will ensure your popsicles are bubble free :)
6. Pour into popsicle moulds and freeze for at least 5 hours.

Serve! Makes 6.

Recipe brought to you by Jamie Owen