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January 31 2016

Put Down That Ice Cream And Eat Pops! by Hillary Macias

Screenshot 2016-01-31 08.48.58I know, I know, this may be an interesting time to do a post on popsicles which are usually consumed (or at least in my house) during the summer months when the mercury is high… but I couldn’t wait to share these healthy, delicious pops with y’all! They contain minimal, wholesome ingredients and are the perfect refreshing snack or dessert!

The pops come in a variety of mouth watering flavors (literally…) that combine a variety of different fruity goodness in each treat! Here’s a little guide to help you choose one to your liking! (Disclaimer: I tried to choose just one and was unsuccessful ☺)
Screenshot 2016-01-31 09.15.02Super Detox: This bar combines the flavors of acai, noni, goji, and cherry. Acai boosts amazing antioxidant properties. Noni might be unfamiliar to some, but it is a superfruit that stimulates serotonin and melatonin, giving you antidepressant properties (hello, instant mood booster!).  It also boasts properties to fight pain and infection. Goji is also high in antioxidants and has slow digesting sugars that will not make your blood sugar skyrocket; it’s also high in Vitamin C and fiber to satisfy your hunger.
Screenshot 2016-01-31 09.15.59Restore: The name alone was intriguing to me, as I am always looking to replenish energy stores with a tasty snack mid-day. The flavors consist of kale, banana, and pineapple, which pair very nicely together. Kale is known for its detoxifying properties and is high in vitamin A, K, B6, calcium and iron. Bananas are rich in potassium, and pineapple has loads of anti-inflammatory benefits and aids in digestion.
Screenshot 2016-01-31 09.13.49Nourish: Considering that I live by the term “nourish to flourish” and that peanut butter with banana is one of my all time favorite combinations, I loved this one before I even tried it! ☺ Peanut butter is high in protein and will keep you satisfied longer, and you’ll get that added potassium from the bananas! Paired with the amazing flavors of vanilla, agave, sea salt, and flax, this one for sure is a winner!

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Green Detox: #givemeallthegreens. This pop is an antioxidant powerhouse of all the greens you could want in a snack! It combines kale, spinach, apple, pineapple, lemon, ginger, and cayenne. This pop is a little more adventurous in terms of taste, and it is a great source of soluble fiber to keep your digestion in check. It packs tons of flavenoids that act as antioxidants, protecting the body from all sorts of free radicals. It also contains Bromelain, which is a natural cancer fighting agent.
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Glow: Who wouldn’t want to glow with confidence from the inside out?! This pop is flavored with carrot, mango, and pineapple. Don’t let the carrot scare you though; I promise the flavors blend together beautifully. Carrots are loaded with beta carotene which is shown to slow down aging and improve vision. Mangos have been shown to protect against cancer and help digestion as well as boost the immune system.
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Cleanse: This one is especially great after a long weekend where you may have had one too many glasses of wine (we’re all human) and contains lemon, cayenne and agave. This pop will leave you feeling cleansed and energized, as it contains numerous antioxidants. One in particular, D-limoene, will activate enzymes in the liver that are part of the detoxification process. Cayenne and agave aid in healthy digestion and are also circulatory stimulants to get your blood flowing!
Screenshot 2016-01-31 09.20.07Activate: Last but definitely not least, Activate is flavored with beets, apple, and carrot, so it is a better choice for those looking for a not-so-sweet snack! Beets contain naturally occurring nitrites that have been shown to lower blood pressure. They also boost energy and are a great source of betanine which is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and helps in detoxifying your blood and liver. These also pack soluble fiber to curb cravings and keep you full!
So next time you’re craving a good-for-you, refreshing frozen dessert or snack, treat yourself  to an EatPop and feel the amazing benefits. I promise it will be love at first bite!
All photo credits EatPops Instagram.  You can check it out [here].  And of course, follow She’s Fit to Lead on Instagram [here].

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